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“From bad to worse”
Review of Barry's Amusements

Barry's Amusements
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Portrush
Certificate of Excellence
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“From bad to worse”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Against our better judgement we made a return trip to Barry's in the holidays. Same over-crowded environment, way too crowded for my liking. Got rammed in the back of the leg twice by mobility scooter drivers who expect people to just jump out of their way, not sure why they were even in there if they cannot go on the rides. Rides are too short now so a rip off. Music being played over loudspeaker was deafening. A lot of people in the outside area at the back smoking and holding live cigarettes down at eye level with wee children, had to guide my youngest son along so his eye did not make contact with someones fag end.
Had a similar experience as another reviewer with regards to those blasted coin-operated battery-driven wee cars on the other side of Barry's. I assumed Barry's tokens were accepted in this area, not so. Both sons wanted a ride on these things - one other child was already doing a circuit in one. My kids put their pound coins in and...nothing. Neither worked, both flat batteries. These were unattended so looked around and approached one youth attending the twirley ride beside - not interested. Told to go to the youth at the next ride who had a long line of customers waiting to go on his ride and said he would be over 'in a minute' - after 20 mins he was avoiding eye contact with us and then said he could not leave his post as he had a never ending queue. Approached a tired looking woman in the booth who said to go to one of the ride attendants....waste of time and two pounds down the tube. Not happy customers and wont be back again to this dump.

Pro's: none - okay, its a tradition and I guess you have to go once to say you've done Barry's.
Cons: Smokers, the toilets (ugh), too-loud music, too crowded. Rides too short. Impatient mobility scooter drivers....

Visited August 2012
9 Thank 27twinkle
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Dated and Restricted”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

hasn't really changed much in 30 years. Same rides same old things. Expansion restricted due to coast edge location.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Mr C
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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Best in NI”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Haven't been since I was 15 (20years ago) and not much has changed inside. A few new rides outside but really doesn't compare to M and Ds or Flamingo Land or Alton Towers or Cadonas. Tokens are not cheap, but the adults do get to go on the kiddies rides for free! "lets go on the hobby horses again!"

Visited August 2012
Thank NellyandFatBob
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“No trip to Portrush is complete without to Barry's”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Great for a bit of fun for the family. If your in Portrush you have to visit this iconic attraction. Ideally located beside the train station, close to the beach and handy to nearby shops and cafe's.

Visited August 2012
Thank Geordy S
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“never changes same old barrys”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

never changes same old barrys ,great place for a wet day or if you have to much money in your pocket !, nice ice cream always a good size !!!!

Visited June 2012
Thank gordon8186
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