Bray is a seaside town in Ireland's northwestern county of Wicklow. It is located on the east coast of Dublin, roughly 20 kilometers south of the city center. Ardmore Studios is located in Bray, and the town has some light industry, as well as several commercial and retail parks on its southern outskirts. Rail, Dublin Bus, and the M11 and M50 highways offer commuter connections between Bray and Dublin.
Bray's reputation as a beach resort was aided by the Dublin and Kingstown Railway, which was extended to Bray in 1854. However, day-trippers continued to visit Bray throughout the summer months.
It also has what is probably one of the greatest pubs in the country (more on that in a moment!). If you're planning a trip to Bray in 2020, read on to find out what to do.
Climb Bray Head
Can you truly claim you've done Bray unless you've completed the Bray Head Walk? It's a large obvious reminder just in case you haven't made the journey yet, looking out over the town's long promenade and beyond.
It's a 241-meter-high hill on the south end of the beach that provides stunning views across Bray and up into Dublin.
It's also an excellent warm-up for future treks in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. This is an excellent early-morning activity for people searching for things to do in Bray on a beautiful day.
Sea Life Bray
When the weather isn't cooperating (as is often the case in this part of the world...) head indoors to Sea Life Bray, Ireland's number one aquarium.
It's a wonderful trove of colorful fish, tropical life, and even sharks and octopus, and it's conveniently placed right on the promenade front.
It's also reasonably priced, with advance tickets online starting at €11.25. It's a helpful one for those of you who wonder what to do with children at Bray today!
Killruddery House & Gardens
Situated just south of Bray, this truly magnificent home. The mansion was built in the Elizabethan style and comprises over 600 acres and dates back to the 17th century (although major improvements were made between 1820 and 1830.
Take a home tour from May to October to learn how the other half lives. Squirrel's Scramble, a high-rise adventure tree park with zip-lines and climbing walls, is also available for families with restless children.
The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk is a 7km walk, with a magnificent coastal view, which hugs the coastline surrounding Bray Head. All in all, the Bray to Greystones walk takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours
It really follows a railroad route between Bray and Graystones (obviously), before it vanishes into a tunnel.
The rocky coastline is beautiful, and the hike isn't too difficult for beginner hikers. When you reach Graystones, you may top it up with a pint or an ice cream (why not?!). For those less inclined toward the natural world, the walk nonetheless offers a refreshing way to spend an afternoon.
A post-adventure pint at one of the country's greatest restaurants & bar
The Martello, located on the Bray Esplanade, overlooks the Irish Sea and is located at the bottom of Bray Head. Rated as the number one hotel in Bray on TripAdvisor, the Martello provides a unique blend in a dynamic and energetic environment of gastronomic cuisine and comfortable accommodation.
The Martello Hotel Bray offers 25 hotel rooms and 19 self-catering apartments, which are perfect for all budget guests. The DART station is just a few minutes walks away from Dublin City Centre, which is a 30-minute drive away, thus it is handy to see the city's attractions.
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