Bray (Irish Bre, pronunciation / b'r'e :/ ) is a seaside resort in County Wicklow. Bray is a good twenty miles south of Dublin.


Bray is the largest town in County Wicklow with 26 731 inhabitants ( 2011). The River Dargle flows into the sea.

The neighboring towns are Dalkey and Shankill in the former County Dublin in the north, Greystones, County Wicklow to the south, and to the west of Enniskerry at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. The highest points in the area are the Great Sugar Loaf with 501 m, the Little Sugar Loaf with 342 m and the Bray Head with 241 m.

Further inland near Bray and Shankhill stand the remains of an old lead melt, remnants of the lead mines in Ballycorus.

In Bray, the Booker Prize - excellent author Anne Enright lives.

Also in Bray are the Aardmore - Studios, the largest film studios in Ireland.

In Old Irish Táin Bó Froích myth ( " The expelling of cattle Froechs " ) plays Bre (the " black water " of the Dublinn Fraich ) a role in the trial of the king Ailill mac Máta of Connacht, kill the unloved son Fröch.


  • Würzburg (since 1 November 1999)


  • Bray Head
  • National Sealife Centre
  • Scenic Cliff Walk
  • Old Court House (1841 )
  • Victorian Seafront and Bray Harbour ( 1891)
  • St. Paul's Church ( 1609)
  • Bray Town Hall ( 1881)


  • Charles Barrington (1834-1901), Irish businessman and mountaineer
  • Joshua Pim (1869-1942), Irish tennis player
  • Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh (1911-1978), Irish judge and 5th President of Ireland
  • John Mackey (1918-2014), Roman Catholic bishop of New Zealand
  • Melanie Clark Pullen ( born 1977 ), Irish actress
  • Katie Taylor ( born 1986 ), Irish boxer and football player