Barrydale in 2011 had 4156 inhabitants. The city is located 240 km east of Cape Town on Route 62 between Montagu and Ladismith. If you come from the N2, you can reach it by driving over the Tradouws Pass and crossing the Langeberg Mountains. The word Tradouw is a word of the Khoisan, it means " path of women " and suggests that this pass was in use long before the arrival of Europeans.
The mountain range of the Langeberg Mountains shields the town from the rain of the approaching end of the Indian Ocean clouds, so that the average annual rainfall is only 300 mm. The rain falls mostly in the winter months from July to September. Geographically, the city lies on the border to the Little Karoo. On the fertile soils of the Tradouwtales, which stretches from Montagu to Barrydale according to thrive fruit ( peaches, apples and pears ) and wine.
The city was founded in 1882. It is named after John Joseph Barry, who never actually lived in Barrydale, but its trading company dominated the region of Swellendam from the 19th century.
- The Dutch Reformed Church in the town center
- Magpie Art Gallery
- The small Barrydale Cooperative Winery and Distillery. The Merlots and Pinot Noirs from Barrydale have proved effective in the wine competitions in the Western Cape as of good quality and have received many awards. From the wines a brandy is distilled.
- The little Anna -Roux - wildflower garden
- A labyrinth 15 km outside the city towards Ladismith
- Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Churches in Barrydale
In Barrydale there are several churches of various denominations.
New Apostolic Church
Ev -ref. Church of South Africa