Barry’s Coaches was founded by Barry and Margaret Newsam, evolving out of a black taxi cab in the early 1960s. The first coach was purchased when Barry was offered a contract to transport filming crew and extras while they were on location in Dorset for Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd”. Further contracts followed providing transport from home to school routes. The fleet continued to grow through the 1970s.
Barry’s Coaches took over from Western National all the bus routes in the County Town of Dorchester under the name of “Interbus”.
It increased its operation to include Bovington, Wool, Lulworth Cove and Crossways. In the mid 1980’s on the deregulation of bus services these routes were no longer able to survive on a commercial basis.
The demand for day excursions and short break coach holiday grew rapidly. Barry’s opened a booking office on Weymouth seafront to meet this demand, providing excursions for the locals and visitor of Weymouth and Portland. This market grew through the 1980s and 90s with tour operators offering cheap European breaks.
Today group travel remains the main operation of Barry’s Coaches. Private hire bookings are on the increase. We can arrange UK and Continental trips to your specification. We work closely with leading tour and educational operators. We are proud of our flexibility and happy to discuss any requirements you might have.
I just wanted to say thank you to you and your drivers for, once again, making our field trip to the area so successful!
Your drivers were courteous and careful and extremely well organised! We look forward to using your services again.
I am writing to express my sincere thanks to the drivers who drove us to Italy during the Easter Holidays. From the pick-up point their professionalism and dedication to providing a 5 star service was evident. They were polite and courteous to all the students and took pride in establishing an excellent rapport with everyone in their care. In particular their driving skills and attention to the safety and well being of the passengers was outstanding. I have never been so well looked after on a coach journey in over 30 years of travelling to Europe with school parties.
I am writing to compliment you on our drivers. They accompanied our school trip to Paris and were a pleasure to work with. They were both polite, helpful and professional throughout the trip but also provided us with great company. As a female only party, we particularly enjoyed the complicity of having a female driver, with whom we shared many laughs. They are a credit to your company.
I would like to express the thanks of all who were part of this outing. In particular the knowledgeable, interesting and amusing commentary of your driver that added in no small way to the enjoyment of our afternoon.
I just had to write to thank you for providing the transport for our Bowls Tour. The driver was very much “one-of-the-crowd” and I think we might well have converted him into a Bowler! Please extend our thanks to the drivers for their help and friendship throughout the week.