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“A grand surprise”
Review of Barry War Museum

Barry War Museum
Ranked #8 of 14 things to do in Barry
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Owner description: Located within the historic Barry Island Station the Barry War Museum is run by the Barry at War Group as part of the Barry Tourist Railway. The Barry at War Group aims to research, preserve and promote the wartime history of the town and surrounding area.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were planning a trip to Swansea, from the US, to visit family. While doing a search of WWII sites we discovered the Glamorgan Wartime heritage Centre. While the museum was closed on the day we could visit them, they offered to open for us anyway. When we got off the train we were met by a GI reenactor, and my wife and I were given a royal welcome. We were shown the museum, and then driven around Barry Island (in a WWII Jeep). We were shown where the GI camps were, and how there was a German POW camp. As far as I could the determine there must have been far more GIs than locals. Afterwards we were fortified by Welsh cakes and coffee. We wished we had more time to spend, but we had to catch a train. I would have liked to have sat in the Anderson shelter to get an idea of what it was like to be one one during a raid, an experience my mum and grandparents had many times. I cannot say enough about how we were treated by the staff, and volunteers. If the GIs got half the welcome we got they'd still have nothing to complain about.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Barry railway station does not look much at first glance but the station buildig is home to the wartime centre with a replica bunker and Anderson shelter built inside to one end next to the excellent Cafe which is inexpensive. The rest of the building is taken up by the railway team who run vintage trains around the old docks sites. The station area is shared by Britains Railways and the heritage railway so you do not have far to walk if you arrive by train. Opposite is the fairground and the beach is less than 5 mins away.

1  Thank David T
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This small museum gives you the chance to experience what it was like to sit inside an Anderson shelter during the blitz. Also the world war 1 trench and dugout gives you some idea of the life of a front line soldier on the western front during 1914-18.The volunteers who put this project together have really done an excellent job, and deserve the utmost support.

1  Thank Jackie50_11
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Barry at War have done an amazing job at the Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre. Their WW1 Trench is very realistic.

Although small the museum is packed with interesting items, I especially like the Anderson Shelter.

It really is worth a visit. So much time and energy has been put in to bringing this museum alive.

I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Open for special events this is a great examnple of what a small dedicated group of volunteers can achieve with dedication, energy and creativity.
Brings home the story of Barry's war-time past with some fascinating memorabilia. Look out for special themed weekends - with a large cast of soldiers, housewives, and other characters, including a George Formby, bringing the past alive.
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