Bray has something for everyone... from its rich heritage and splendid scenery to excellent transport links, a vibrant arts scene, a bustling town centre and thriving industry.

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The Town’s history predates Norman times, when Strongbow, granted lands on behalf of the Crown, to Sir Walter de Riddlesford circa 1171. Bray has a wide range of festivals and activities to keep visitors entertained throughout the year. Enjoy Bray’s splendid seafront, walk the magnificent Bray Head walk to Greystones, visit Sea life or Killruddery House and Gardens. Enjoy an evening in any of our lively hostelries, choose from a wide range of tempting restaurants to dine in, or stay in our excellent hotels. 

Activities, Attractions & Adventures

Killruddery House & Gardens

Killruddery is a great historic house of Ireland. Home to the Brabazon family for over 400 years, this magnificent 800 acre estate in Co. Wicklow is a sustainable, bio-diverse farm that includes flowering woodland, formal 17th century Gardens, Walled Garden, Tea Room and Saturday Farm Market. In Killruddery Yard (open daily with free admission), The Grain Store, Pizza Shed, Farm Shop and Garden Room Café are open year round to sample ‘Garden to Plate’ menus – a true reflection of what is grown in the Walled Garden and reared on the Farm. Living history on Dublin’s doorstep!

Killruddery, Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 W9F2 

+353 (0)1 286 3405 www.killruddery.com

Brennanstown Riding School

Brennanstown Riding School is one of Ireland’s best known Equestrian Establishments. Catering for both adults and children (6 years and over) in picturesque stables just outside Bray off the N11 at Exit 7, the Centre offers riding lessons, cross country riding and trekking in the Wicklow Mountains’.

Bray Harbour

Bray Harbour has a thriving colony of mute swans which need to be nurtured and protected. Bray Harbour is a hub of water sports, while also a tranquil picturesque vision, especially on relaxing summer evening.

Bray Bowl

Bray Bowl is on the Quinsborough Road, close to the DART station. It has a wide variety of activities to suit all ages – including 10 Pin Bowling, Pool, Snooker, American Pool, Quasar Laser and a state of the art Video Arcade.

Walks and Hikes

Take a walk along Bray’s mile long Victorian promenade which starts in the Harbour area near Martello Terrace, the former home of James Joyce author of Ulysses.  Take the famous Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones with breath taking views along the east coast. This natural, 7km unspoilt trail is a must for the outdoor enthusiast. Climb Bray Head to the Cross at its peak and enjoy panoramic views of north Wicklow and south Dublin.

Powerscourt Distillery

Powerscourt Distillery
A Unique Distillery in an Extraordinary Location. Experience the true spirit of Wicklow at Powerscourt Distillery and visitor centre, the home of Fercullen Irish Whiskey. Open 7 days & located within Powerscourt Estate only 3 miles from Bray. Enjoy our award-winning Distillery Experience, see how Fercullen Whiskey is made, taste and savour our spirit at its best and paired with local fresh produce! www.powerscourtdistillery.com

Activities & Entertainment To Enjoy

Mermaid Arts Centre

A jewel in the artistic and cultural life of County Wicklow, Mermaid Arts Centre presents a wide and varied programme of performances to
delight the audience – music, drama, comedy, film and dance. Mermaid Gallery shows works by some of the finest artists both national and international.

Belmont Bike Farm

Get off the beaten track, get fit and have fun doing it! Belmont Bike Farm has 15 kms of fantastic trails that cover a diverse range of natural routes. Pit your wits on fast-paced woodland terrain or take it at a slower pace, climbing up the foothills of Little Sugar Loaf.

The Harbour Bar

The Harbour Bar, Bray was established in 1871 and has had a colourful history over those 143 years. The bar has seen many celebrated people drop in for a pint; people such as James Joyce, Katherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole and Bono. The bar was respectfully renovated in 2013 when the Duggan family bought the bar from the O’Toole family. The charm and curios that made The Harbour Bar famous have been retained, and the Backroom and Upstairs are now open to enjoy a cosy pint and a Toasted Special by the fire. The Harbour Bar prides itself on a commitment to
showcasing excellent music with traditional Irish music in the Bar and live bands onstage in the Live Lounge from Wed-Sun. The Harbour Bar was voted ‘Best Bar in the World’ by the Lonely Planet travel guide in 2010, and since then it has only gotten better!”

Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Bray has an excellent selection of traditional, local independent retailers, together with our eclectic shops to cater for everyday needs, and your
quirky gift ideas. Enjoy a browse around our town centre shopping area, you are sure to find a bargain.

Belmont Demesne

Belmont Demesne Come for an outdoor adventure right in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Amazing bike and walking trails for all levels, taking in some of the best terrain County Wicklow has to offer from stunning woodland to spectacular views of the Coast. Only 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre and 15 minutes from the M50