History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Within a curtain wall were two stone buildings. Nothing of these structures now remains. In the early 14th century a large hall and an imposing gatehouse were added on the south side of the courtyard. These are the buildings whose remains we can see today.
Grooves on either side of the gatehouse arch indicate that the passage was defended by a portcullis. The approach to the castle was by way of a drawbridge across a moat. Partial remains of a chamber above the arch suggest that it served as a chapel in addition to housing the portcullis mechanism. The remains of the hall are far less substantial. Finds on the site suggest that it was roofed by slate tiles imported from Cornwall.
The castle was in ruins by 1530, but the gatehouse was used for manor courts between 1600-1720.
About Barry Castle
Address: Park Road, Barry, Glamorgan, Wales, CF62 6NW
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Next to 17 Park Road, Barry
OS: ST102 673
Photo Credit: Cath Mudford, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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