Bray is a coastal town in north County Wicklow that is situated about 20 km south of Dublin city centre on the east coast. It is known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland and is the longest established seaside town in Ireland.
In medieval times, Bray was on the southern border of the Pale, and the coastal district was governed directly by the English crown from Dublin Castle. Bray features on the 1598 map "A Modern Depiction of Ireland, One of the British Isles" by Abraham Ortelius as "Brey". The Earl of Meath purchased the Killruddery Estate in Bray in 1627 with the establishment of the Earl title. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Bray was a small manorial village, but during the latter part of the 18th century, the Dublin middle-classes began to move to Bray.The Dublin and Kingstown Railway, the first in Ireland, opened in 1834 and was extended as far as Bray in 1854. With the coming of the railway, the town grew to become a seaside resort. Hotels and residential terraces were built in the vicinity of the seafront. Railway entrepreneur William Dargan developed the Turkish baths, designed in a Moorish style at a cost of £10,000; these were demolished in 1980. Day-trippers continued to flock to Bray during the summer months.
Many tourists come to Bray to walk along Bray Head, however there are still many interesting things to do in the town centre itself. For those interested the inhabitants of the oceans then a visit to SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium is considered soemthing that cannot be missed. The Aquarium hosts thousands of the worlds aquatic flora and fauna. The Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre is considered the cultural centre of the whole of County Wicklow. Patrons can be entertained at this venue by musicals, theartre and cinema shows. After visiting these attractions why not wind down with some food at one of the many restaurants dotted around the harbour or a pleasant walk along the sea front.
Parking with Q-Park in Bray provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Bray from a central location.