Bray, now regarded as a suburb of Dublin, is located south of Dublin at the gateway to Wicklow, ‘The Garden of Ireland’. Bray offers students the best of both worlds, you can enjoy all the splendor of Wicklow and yet you are only a 35 minute train (DART) journey away from Dublin city centre. Bray offers a wide range of shops and theatre venues, noted restaurants and pubs, with live music and entertainment regularly throughout the year. The town of Bray is named after the imposing rock hill, which gives the town its character. A walk up the hill offers a unique view over Dublin Bay.
Top Attractions in Bray
Bray Famous Cliff Walk
You cannot leave Bray without doing the Cliff walk from Bray Head Walk to Greystones. The famous Bray Head Walk is one of Bray’s most popular attractions for both visitors and local people alike with stunning views. The walk takes about two hours to complete. Why not rest and stop off for a quiet coffee in Greystones before making your way back?
Mermaid Theatre in Bray is one of Ireland's leading centers for theatre, cinema, music and dance. The Mermaid gallery exhibits artwork by some of the best artists from Wicklow and afar, both national and international. Whether it is a free art exhibition or a showing of an art house film Mermaid Arts Centre is always worthwhile.
Visitors can dive into this underwater world which has equally stunning views similar to the Promenade but of a very different nature! Bray Sea life has plenty to offer. Explore the underwater world with stunning views of Irish freshwater sea creatures from starfish to tropical sea sharks!
Greystones in another breathtaking town located by the sea and is only a short train journey (DART) from Bray.Originally a fishing village, its recent growth has not spoilt the village atmosphere and the ambience of the fishing harbour. Greystones is also famous for its impressive homes and tree lined avenues. Located directly south of the town centre, its Blue Flag Beach is made of fine pebbles and has a lifeguard during the bathing season.
Glendalough is one of the most popular places for visitors in the Wicklow Mountains. It's an area rich in history with spectacular mountain walks, woodland trails and lakeside rambles. Surrounding the valley's twin lakes are a host of archaeological sites including a stone caher, a number of early Christian monastic churches, a round tower and a medieval cathedral at the heart of the monastic city founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. Glendalough is only 30 minutes drive from Bray. Bus services are also available.
One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior arrangement.Kilmainham Goal is located only 3.5 km from the city centre. bus services are also available.For more information click here.
Powerscourt House and Gardens
Powerscourt House and Gardens is one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of Wicklow, it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. By the year 1300 a castle had been built here and was in the possession of the le Poer (Power) family from which it takes its name. The succeeding centuries saw the castle held for different periods by powerful families such as the O'Tooles and the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare. Powerscourt Estate is located only 20 minutes south of Dublin. Bus routes are also available. For more information click here.
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