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Discover the Best of Bray

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Discover the charm of Bray with our guide to the city's top attractions, culinary hotspots, and vibrant nightlife. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, we'll also help you find the best recreational activities to enjoy, and offer advice on making lasting connections with the friendly locals.

Welcome to Bray! If you're planning to move to Bray, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Bray has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Bray.

Bray, is a charming seaside town that offers a variety of attractions for both tourists and locals. One of the most popular sites is the Bray Head Cliff Walk, a scenic trail that offers stunning views of the Irish Sea and the surrounding countryside. The trail leads to the summit of Bray Head, where you can find a cross that has been a pilgrimage site since 1850. Another must-visit site is the National Sea Life Centre, an aquarium that houses over 1,000 marine and freshwater creatures. For history enthusiasts, the Bray Heritage Centre provides a fascinating insight into the town's past, while the Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre hosts a variety of cultural events, including theatre performances, music concerts, and art exhibitions.

Bray also boasts a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. One of the town's most popular restaurants is The Harbour Bar, which was named the "Best Bar in the World" by Lonely Planet in 2010. This family-run establishment offers a wide range of craft beers and a menu featuring traditional Irish dishes. Another popular dining spot is Platform Pizza Bar, which serves up gourmet pizzas in a stylish, industrial-chic setting. For seafood lovers, there's Dockyard No.8, a trendy restaurant with a menu that changes daily based on the catch of the day. As for nightlife, The Porterhouse Bray is a lively pub that offers live music and an extensive selection of beers, while Martello Bar features a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the sea.

There are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy in Bray. The town's beautiful seafront promenade is perfect for leisurely walks, while the beach offers opportunities for swimming and sunbathing during the summer months. For those who prefer more active pursuits, Bray Adventures offers a range of outdoor activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and mountain biking. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the Bray Golf Club, a stunning parkland course that offers panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains. Meanwhile, the Bray Bowl entertainment centre features ten-pin bowling, pool tables, and an arcade, making it a popular spot for families. Finally, for those who enjoy horse racing, the Leopardstown Racecourse is just a short drive away and hosts regular race meetings throughout the year.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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