Bray, Wicklow, Ireland

Bray is a town in County Wicklow south of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland; 20 km from the center of Dublin, the eighth largest city in the country. Since 1855 it is connected to Dublin and became the main resort on the east coast of Ireland, but since 1960, interest in this seaside resort decreases slowly. Bray is located at the mouth of the River Dargle. Some of its northern districts are even in County Dublin and is considered part geographically and economically of Greater Dublin. There are several Dublin urban bus lines that connect the two cities as well. In the south, the plain of Bray is closed by the Bray Head Mount (241 meters). It is a popular base for walkers, hikers and strollers. It is remarkable for its promenade stretching from the harbor, with its swan colony at the base of Bray Head at the southern end hence a well-worn trail leads to the summit. The city has a professional football team that plays in the first division, the Bray Wanderers. and also counts with several festivals. The most important is the Bray Summerfest with hundreds of free events: concerts, markets, family activities, etc. which is held for six weeks in July and August. The annual celebration for St. Patrick is as important one too with a carnival and a 5-day parade. Ardmore Studios (movie studios) are also in the city with a large production for film, TV and advertising.

Tips

If you visit Dublin, it is worthwhile to dedicate one day to Bray. It is a city with many restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes, easy transport in common access or even by bicycle. If you decide to stay in town for a few days or just a weekend, you will find any kind of accommodation from guest-rooms to hotels for all tastes.
Its long esplanade next to the beach invites walking.
If you like beer, visit the Porterhouse bar that specializes in brewing their own beers. It is considered one of the best bars in the world.

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