Getting there and away

GETTING TO BRAY BY AIR, RAIL OR ROAD

Bray is situated on the east coast, and can be reached travelling south bound from Dublin city for approximately 20km along the N11 (Dublin/Rosslare) National Primary Route. See Google Map for further directions.

AIRPORT
The town is situated 1 hour by car south of Dublin Airport, and transport from the airport to the town is services by an Air Coach (blue bus) service which runs each quarter hour from outside Terminal One. (ask attendants to point you to the correct bus). 

BUS
A number of public transport options exist to reach the town. The town is serviced by the following Dublin Bus Routes : 45, 45A, 84, 184 and 185. Full timetables Click here. 


A special nightlink bus service is available to return festival goers to Dublin City Centre following late night concerts.  Pick up is at The Royal Hotel, Main Street at 12:15am and 02:15am on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Price €6. These buses are run by Finnegan's Coaches and leave from Bray Main Street for O'Connell St, Dublin.


RAIL
DART (Dublin Rapid Transport) services run with frequency from Dublin city centre (Tara, Connolly and Pearse Stations). A timetable for services is available here. 

Luas tram services on the Dublin Blue Line reach to within 5 miles of Bray. Commuters can link to the other public transport (bus) networks, or reach the town by taxi.

 

Travel Information

Getting to Bray by air, rail or road
Bray is situated on the east coast, and can be reached travelling south bound from Dublin city for approximately 30km along the N11 (Dublin/Rosslare) National Primary Route. See Google Map for further directions.

AIRPORT
The town is situated 1 hour by car south of Dublin Airport, and transport from the airport to the town is services by an Air Coach (blue bus) service which runs each quarter hour from outside Terminal One. (ask attendants to point you to the correct bus). 

BUS
A number of public transport options exist to reach the town. The town is serviced by the following Dublin Bus Routes : 45, 45A, 84, 184 and 185. Full timetables Click Here


A special nightlink bus service is available to return festival goers to Dublin City Centre following late night concerts. These buses are run by Finnegan's Coaches and leave from Bray Main Street (opposite Royal Hotel) for O'Connell St, Dublin, at 12.15am, and at 2.15am each night. Tickets are priced €5. 

Click Here for further details.


RAIL
DART (Dublin Rapid Transport) services run with frequency from Dublin city centre (Tara, Connolly and Pearse Stations). A timetable for services is available here.

Luas tram services on the Dublin Blue Line reach to within 5 miles of Bray. Commuters can link to the other public transport (bus) networks, or reach the town by taxi.

Visit Bray

Bray has a wide range of places to see and things to do for the holiday visitor - when they're taking a breather from jazz over the festival weekend.

Also, should you be looking for hotel accommodation in the area over the May Bank Holiday Weekend then why not check out the options that are available at Ireland Hotels by clicking on the link, and you'ill find lots of great deals with hotel providers within easy reach of our festival.

Below is a list of just some of the attractions on offer in the locality:

Kilruddery House and Powerscourt

A picnic in the walled garden, tour of the stately home or exploration of the magnificant gardens Killruddery Gardens is a perfect way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend afternoon.  Powerscourt House in neighbouring Enniskerry boasts some of Ireland's most impressive estate gardens, and is also home to a restaurant and outlet operated by Avoca Handweavers.

www.killruddery.com

www.powerscourt.ie 

Bray Sealife Centre

Bray is host to Ireland’s national aquarium. At Sealife Centre, visitors of all ages are invited to dive into a fascinating underwater world.

www.visitsealife.com

 

 

Cliff Walk

The famous Bray Head cliff walk takes you all the way to neighbouring Greystones - along a spectacular coastal path. Allow several hours to complete.

 

A Seafront stroll

Ideal to blow away the cobwebs, Bray's Victorian promenade is an ideal location for a leisurely stroll down by the seaside.

Art & Exhibitions

Bray is home to a number of art galleries and exhibition spaces that are always worth checking out. Mermaid Arts Centre, which also hosts our main festival shows, has it's own great gallery space, as well as a fantastic place in Betelnut Cafe, to grab a quick bite or a cuppa. Elsewhere, on Albert Avenue, The Signal Art Gallery run group and individual exhibitions, while Hangman Gallery at Eglington Road is worth checking out too.

www.mermaidartscentre.ie

www.signalartscentre.ie

 

A leisurely pint!

Bray has some great pubs and hotels where you can stop for a quiet and leisurely pint - or else enjoy a great free jazz session over the festival weekend. The town's Harbour Bar was recently voted 'best bar in the world' by Lonely Planet guide.

www.harbourbarbray.com 

Ardmore Film Studios

Many of the great films shot in Ireland were captured on the sound stages of Ardmore Film Studios, including My Left Foot, King Arthur, Reign Of Fire, The Tailor of Panama, Excalibur and The Lion in Winter. It's not always possible to drop by - but Ardmore still remains a local treasure.

www.ardmore.ie

Where to Eat, Where to Stay

If you're planning on joining us at this year's Bray Jazz Festival you're going to need to eat, and perhaps also thinking of staying overnight?  Below is a list of some eating out, and staying around suggestions that might be helpful.

 

EATING OUT IN BRAY

Ocean Bar and Grill, Strand Road.  Tel. (01) 286 5071

Barracuda Restaurant, Bray Seafront. Tel. (01) 276 5686

Mount Everest of Kathmandu, Main St, Bray.  Tel. (01) 272 3331

Tower Bistro at The Martello Hotel, Strand Road, Bray. Tel. (01) 286 8000

Betelnut Cafe, Mermaid Arts Centre, Main St, Bray.  Tel. (01) 2724030

Platform Pizza, Strand Road, Bray.  Tel. (01) 538 4000 

Box Burger, Strand Road - Tel. (01) (01) 538 1000

Campo de Fiori - Risto-Market, Albert Avenue - (01) 276 4257

Sanam Tandoori, Castle Street, Bray  Tel. (01) 286 5337

McGettigans at The Royal Hotel, Main St, Bray.  Tel. (01) (01) 286 2935

Pizzas 'n' Cream, Albert Walk - Tel. (01) 286 1606  

Port House Douro, The Porterhouse, Strand Road, Bray. Tel. (086) 783 3280

Lebanon Cookhouse, Main Street, Bray.  Tel. (01) 555 6659

The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany. Tel. (01) 287 3399

If you wish to travel further afield there are lots of eating out options on the fringes of Bray, including Fernhouse Restaurant at Avoca Handweavers in Kilmacanogue, Pigeon House in Delgany, Three Qs, Jaipur Restaurant, The Hungry Monk, The Happy Pear, and Bochelli's Restaurant in Greystones (to name just some),  and various others in Shankill and Enniskerry villages.

PLACES TO STAY

The Royal Hotel, Main Street, Bray

The Martello Hotel, Strand Road, Bray

The Esplanade Hotel, Strand Road, Bray 

The Wilton Hotel, Southern Cross Route, Bray

The Strand Hotel, Strand Road, Bray

The Porterhouse Inn, Strand Road, Bray 

The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany 

You can also check out www.bray.ie for information on other hotel and guest house accommodation options.

Also check out the Visit Wicklow Accommodation Guide