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Moving to Bray, Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Bray, Ireland? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Bray.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bray?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bray, they said:

"Bray is a coastal town located in north County Wicklow, to the south of Dublin, offering a quieter lifestyle than the bustling city. It is known for its Victorian architecture, scenic seafront promenade, and vibrant arts scene. The town is well-connected to Dublin by DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and bus services, making it a popular choice for those who work in the city but prefer to live in a smaller town. The cost of living in Bray is generally lower than in Dublin, but still higher than many other parts of Ireland. Renting a property can be expensive, and the process competitive, so it's advisable to start looking for accommodation well in advance. Bray has a range of amenities including shops, restaurants, pubs, and leisure facilities. The town is home to a number of good schools, both primary and secondary, making it a popular choice for families. The town is known for its vibrant arts scene, with the Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre offering a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops. The annual Bray Jazz Festival is a highlight of the cultural calendar. Bray is surrounded by natural beauty, with the Wicklow Mountains to the west and the Irish Sea to the east. The town is the eastern terminus of the Wicklow Way, a long-distance walking trail, and is also close to the popular hiking spot of Bray Head. The weather in Bray, like much of Ireland, is changeable, with mild winters and cool summers. Rain is common throughout the year, so it's advisable to always have an umbrella to hand. Irish is the official language of Ireland, but English is widely spoken. However, understanding a few basic phrases in Irish can be beneficial and is appreciated by locals. Healthcare in Ireland is of a high standard, but it's important to note that it is not free. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Finally, it's important to note that Ireland, including Bray, is a very safe country with low crime rates. However, as with any location, it's always advisable to take basic safety precautions," said one expat in Bray.

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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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