If you are looking to visit the garden of Ireland, as County Wicklow is justly known, then choosing to take a hotel near Bray Beach offers you plenty of dining options, a host of activities suitable for children and adults alike, a delightful beach and plenty of hill walks to blow any remaining cobwebs away.
Bray is the anglicised form of the Irish Bré which means hill. Backing the sand and shingle beach are the Wicklow Mountains that afford cliff top walks with sublime views over the Irish coastline, as well as promising longer walks following Ireland’s most popular walking trail, the Wicklow Way.
It is not all strenuous activity at Bray Beach, however. For a start there is the top-class golf course at Bray Golf Club (and another 20 golf courses nearby in County Wicklow). There’s also the sand and shingle beach itself which you can stroll along by paddling in the Irish Sea or opting for the Victorian esplanade that lines the front.<P>Bray's scenic location, and its proximity to Dublin, make it a popular destination for tourists looking for a hotel to explore the surrounding countryside from and for day-trippers from the capital which lies just 15 miles north.
Bray Beach is much more than a sleepy seaside resort: away from the beach it is a busy urban centre that is the ninth largest in Ireland. This means that you will find a host of great pubs, bars and restaurants close to your hotel as well as amenities like cinemas, parks and a sea life aquarium for the children to explore.
Horse riding, amusement arcades, fishing opportunities and even rock climbing round off the attractions on offer.
Festivals in Bray
Bray beach also hosts some very exciting festivals throughout the year. These include the Saint Patrick’s Festival in March, the Bray Jazz Festival over the May Bank Holiday, an Airshow in July and the Killruddery Film Festival in September.
In July Bray beach hosts its annual Bray Summerfest. This is a well-established event that spans over a month of entertainment. There are more than 100 free events, including live music, markets, sporting entertainment, carnivals and family fun.
Hotels for Bray Beach
To enjoy the best that Bray Beach has to offer why not book your hotel to coincide with one of these? You’ll find pet-friendly hotels, hotels for families, secluded romantic hotels, luxury and spa hotels are all available nearby.
In addition the rest of County Wicklow offers much more: there are gorgeous Georgian mansions to explore, the lush landscapes of the Vale of Avoca to visit, ruined castles on rugged promontories to marvel at and they will all be within a half hour’s drive of your hotel.
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