Bray County Wicklow is the biggest town in the county with a resident population of about 35,000. It has been a popular seaside resort for over a century and was a favourite summer holiday destination for residents of Dublin city which is about 20 km away. Bray was connected to Dublin by one of the first Irish railways in the mid 19th century and today one of the main modes of transport to the town is by the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) to the train station located on the seafront.
The town has a long promenade and seafront where many hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cafés and other businesses are located. During the Summer the seafront is abuzz with holidaymakers and revellers ant there is lots of entertainment, festivals and music in the area.
Bray has a fine 18 hole Golf Club and it is home to one of Ireland’s leading Association Football (Soccer) Clubs – Bray Wanderers.
Bray Head is a hill at the edge of the town which is a favourite haunt of walkers. The Bray Head Cliff Walk is a marked route which goes all the way to Greystones, a distance of 7 kilometres.
Festivals: The town is home to a number of festivals throughout the year including:Bray Comedy Festival – in February
Bray Jazz Festival – May Bank Holiday weekend
Groove Festival – in July
Wings Food Fest – in July
Seafront Fun Fair – July and August
Bray Air Display – in July: This has become a very big event with aerial acrobatics, parachute jumps, sea rescue and lots more.
Sea Life Bray: A fantastic aquarium adventure with sharks, octopus, jellyfish, sea horses and lots more.
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Bray has a good range of 3 and 4-star hotels, B&Bs and some self catering. Check Bray Accommodation for details and booking.
Famous People from Bray
Probably the best known Bray native at the moment is Katie Taylor, Olympic boxing Gold medal winner and undisputed lightweight World Champion.