For other places with the same name, see Bray (disambiguation).
Esplanade, Bray, with views of Bray Head

Bray is a historic seaside town, and satellite town of Dublin on the East Coast of Ireland, located in Co. Wicklow. Bray has been a place of importance since the twelfth century, and there were two castles there in mediaeval times, one of which still survives at Oldcourt. It was, at one time, a very fashionable resort for the wealthier of the Dublin citizens and of the gentry from a large part of Ireland. The town underwent rapid expansion in 1854 when William Dargan extended the railway to Bray. There are few surviving buildings from the period prior to 1850. It has begun, over the past 50 years, to rapidly expand as a commuter town.

Get in

By road

Bray is easily accessible by road from Dublin and South from Arklow or Wexford. The N11 links Dublin city centre with Bray and there are frequent bus services with Dublin Bus, Glendalough Bus, Bus Eireann and Finnegan's Bray. The M50 motorway now connects to Bray allowing easy access to all major cities on the island of Ireland.

From the south, the N11 stretches as far as south County Wexford linking up all major urban areas including Rosslare, Gorey, Wexford, Enniscorthy, Arklow, Wicklow and Greystones.

To the west, there are many roads which span the Wicklow Mountains linking up to towns on the far side like Tullow, Carlow and Kilkenny.

By train

Bray is on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail Network which stretches north (Via Dublin City Centre) to Malahide and Howth and south to Greystones. A ticket to Dublin costs €2.50 one way.

The town is also on the mainline Iarnród Éireann Rail Network which connects north to Connolly Station in Dublin city centre and further to Drogheda and Dundalk. To the south, the rail line goes through Arklow, Gorey and Rosslare Europort.

Get around

Finnegans Bray runs a local service from the DART station to the Southern Cross Road. They usually arrive every 30 minutes and are easily visible by their red colours. A Luas service also operates Mon-Sat at specific times. This service travels from the Southern Cross Road to the Luas station in Sandyford. It does not go to the DART station and so you will need to go to Bray Main Street.


Town Hall, Bray
Kilruddery House, Bray






If money is no object, then the Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt Estate at Enniskerry.

Go next

Powerscourt is one of Ireland's most famous houses and gardens, and is located south of Bray in the landlord village of Enniskerry. The house was designed by Richard Castle in 1741, for Viscount Powerscourt, in the style of an imposing Palazzo. The landscaping was remodelled a century later in the fashionable Italian manner. The design is believed to be based on Villa Butera in Sicily. The Japanese garden is an Edwardian addition; look out also for the pet cemetery. The waterfall in the Powerscourt estate is the highest in Ireland at 121 m and there are lots of woodland walks.

Glendalough is located within Wicklow Mountains National Park. There are a number of early Christian monastic buildings, including several churches and a round tower. The area around the twin lakes is of outstanding natural beauty.

Glencree German war cemetery: approximately 10 km from Enniskerry village, not easy to get to by public transport. There are 134 graves, mostly air force and navy personnel from World War II, very moving and a beautiful setting. Dr Hermann Görtz, a German spy, is also buried there. The single free-standing stone cross in the rear right hand corner of the cemetery was carved by him during his internment. Glencree Reconciliation Centre is across the road.

The Wicklow Way: explore all or part of Ireland's longest self-guided walking trail, at 127 km long. Expect the complete route to take 5–6 days. The Wicklow Way combines easy accessibility with a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas.

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