Welcome To Bray

Bray is served well by both bus and train services from Dublin. At the northernmost point between County Wicklow and Dublin, it was for years a seaside resort for Dubliners eager to get away for a break, and within distance of Dublin to allow a return journey without the need for overnight accommodation if necessary.
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Information Bray Ireland

. Now a large town, Bray still has a promenade running along its beach, just beyond the train line. The street running alongside the promenade has many attractions, including pubs, fast food restaurants, hotels and a childrenís amusement centre and arcade. It has parking facilities along the promenade too, although the car park is busy and may be full. However, itís a good place to stop your vehicle if your intention is to take a bracing sea walk. The promenade is also home to a seasonal fun park, set up each year over the St Patrickís Day festival and most of the summer. South of the promenade you will see Bray Head, and nearby, the last of the fun park attractions Ė a large big wheel Ė might be set up. Although critics may deem this a little garish, the view from the top of the big wheel itself will impress. A little walk inland takes you into housing estates that seem more like forest walks, with plenty of greenery and park areas. While much of Bray is built up and unattractive today, with its main street often a traffic bottleneck that would stress even the most chilled motorist, there are still plenty of scenic routes to take around the town to avoid these strains. Less than an hour away from Dublin by train, Bray has the good and ill fortune to still retain a whiff of tourism about it while now being a satellite and commuter town of the nationís capital.

Attractions Bray Ireland

Avoca Hand Weavers - Avoca

Located in Avoca Village, Avoca Hand Weavers is the oldest working mill in Ireland today and dates from 1723. Visitors are welcome to watch the whole weaving process and to examine the yarns. The adjacent mill shop houses the complete Avoca range of clothing and a wide variety of the fine Irish crafts.

Avondale House and Forest Park - Avondale

Built in 1779 by Samuel Hayes, based on a design by James Wyatt, Avondale House is set in the spectacular surroundings of Avondale Forest Park at Rathdrum. Now a museum to the memory of one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history, Charles Stewart Parnell, who was born in Avondale on 27th June, 1846. Parnell spent much of his time at Avondale until his death on 6 October 1891. The House has been refurbished to the decor of 1850 and a specially commissioned video has been produced to introduce visitors to Parnell and Avondale.

Dwyer McAllister Cottage - Derrynamuck

The cottage nestles in the shade of Kaedeen mountain at the top of a grassy lane off the Donard to Rathdangan road in Co. Wicklow. It is a fine example of a traditional thatched cottage built with local stone and whitewashed inside and out. It was from this cottage, in the Winter of 1799, that the famed rebel, Michael Dwyer, fought the encircling British groups and finally made good his escape over the snow covered mountains. The cottage was later destroyed by fire and lay in ruins for almost 150 years. It was restored to its original form as a monument in the late 1940's and again extensively repaired and re-roofed in 1992.

Glendalough Visitor Centre - Bray

Glendalough Visitor Centre, close to Bray, stands at the entrance to Glendalough Valley, just beside the main part of the monastic settlement. The monastery was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin and survived up until the sixteenth century. The buildings which survive date from between the eighth and the twelfth centuries and include a well preserved round tower, a number of fine stone churches and various crosses.

Glenroe Farm - Kilcoole

Located at Kilcoole, as both a real and fictional rural community Glenroe Open Farm appeals to young and old alike. In addition to being one of the principal filming locations of popular TV series 'Glenroe', the Farm offers close and easy access to a terrific selection of farm animals and pets.