Destination guide

Bray bristles with life all year around

Charming Bray has been bristling with life since the very first travelers came to enjoy its shingle beachfronts and grassy headlands in the 1800s. Things have changed since then, but the homey taverns sloshing with stout, the half-timbered facades, and the handsome Victorian architecture all still remain. Bray vacation rentals shoulder their way above the town's boat-bobbing harbor, or loom on the wind blasted cliffs of Greystones, each providing a taste of local Irish life, and a gateway to the fabled mountains and coves of County Wicklow.

Things to do

Bray and its regal Victorian relics

Bray boomed in the middle of the 17th and 18th centuries with well-to-do resort goers out of nearby Dublin. Many raised elegant mansions and buildings in the town, like that grand Town Hall, or the neo-Gothic Killruddery House _ watch out for the film crews there. Back in the center and Bray Harbour is peppered with birding spots, historic pubs, and charming fishing boats, while the town's esplanade quickly turns into Bray Head and the wild clifftop walks there. For rainy days, the National Aquarium Sealife Centre is a safe bet, offering encounters with stingrays and poisonous stonefish.

Activities

Enjoy the bounties of the sea in Bray

If you've booked one of the hearty Irish cottages or Bray vacation rentals close to the Wicklow coastline, then it's likely you'll be spending your vacation bracing blustery winds on the clifftops, or looking for splashing dolphins, seals, and whales from the headlands. Long walks on the beach can be interspersed with frothy pints in local Gaelic taverns, too, while more adventures await in the nearby Wicklow Mountains _ think paintballing, hiking, camping, horse riding, and the like.

Weather

Bray is blissful in the summer

Bray is a resort town at heart. That means it draws sun seekers and beach lovers from the cobbled streets of downtown Dublin when the weather's hot. Search for Bray vacation rentals between June and August to be in with the best chance of long, lazy days on the shingle and sand, or summer walks over the County Wicklow headlands. Spring can also be a great time to visit, especially if you want to witness the beautiful purple heather blooms on the heaths of the Wicklow Mountains in April and May.

Natural features

Bray is where the Wicklow Mountains meet the sea

Bray is buffeted by the icy rollers of the Irish Sea to the east, which crashes against the rugged, rocky cliffs of Bray Head all the way south from the town center to Greystones. Meanwhile, the stony grykes and fells of the Wicklow Mountains National Park dominates the land to the west of town. There are plenty of reasons that wilderness is one of the main outdoors attractions in all of Ireland. It's got ancient heaths and bluebell meadows, mysterious mountain peaks that have inspired tales of Irish folklore, and mirror-like lakes that shimmer under the cloudy skies _ it's a walking mecca.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Bray

Fly into Dublin (DUB), the closest airport, located 16.5 mi (26.6 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Dublin Bray Station.

Where to stay around Bray, IE?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 98 vacation rentals near Bray. From 33 Houses to 50 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bray for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bray?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bray:

  • City Centre Dublin: 516 vacation rentals
  • Grand Canal Dock: 330 vacation rentals
  • Temple Bar: 243 vacation rentals
  • Ballsbridge: 191 vacation rentals
  • Dalkey: 664 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Bray?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bray. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Killruddery House and Gardens: 711 vacation rentals
  • Bray Head: 709 vacation rentals
  • Bray Golf Club: 708 vacation rentals
  • Dublin Bray Station: 712 vacation rentals
  • Dargle View Golf Course: 712 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bray listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bray?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 33 Houses in Bray. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bray include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 50 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bray?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Bray. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.