Bray, known as the “Gateway to the Garden of Ireland” is now the third largest town in Ireland with a population of circa 32,000. Bray is located in northeast Wicklow, just 40 minutes from Dublin city centre and 35 minutes from Dublin Airport.
Tourism has always been associated with Bray, which is the longest established seaside town in the country. Bray boasts a fabulous mile long promenade offering fantastic vistas of the Irish Sea and the rising hills and cliffs.
Today, Bray is a vibrant holiday resort and boasts fine hotels and guesthouse accommodation, shops, restaurants and evening entertainment. Available in the immediate locality are numerous 18-hole golf courses, tennis, fishing, sailing and horse riding.
Bray has a spectacular coastline which
is also close to Dublin’s city centre
Bray, known as the “Gateway to the Garden of Ireland” is now the third largest town in Ireland with a population of circa 32,000. Bray is located in northeast Wicklow, just 40 minutes from Dublin city centre and 35 minutes from Dublin Airport. Tourism has always been associated with Bray, which is the longest established seaside town in the country. Bray boasts a fabulous mile long promenade offering fantastic visttas of the Irish Sea and the rising hills and cliffs.
Wicklow County Wicklow is less than one hour south of Dublin City centre with commuter links by rail, bus and motorway. Known as “The Garden of Ireland”, County Wicklow is one of Ireland’s true scenic treasures with its magnificent hills and mountains, long sandy beaches, rivers and lakes. It is the perfect holiday destination, suitable either for a family vacation or a short weekend break.
a scenic extravaganza of lake,
mountain, sea and sky that’s still
gorgeous enough to make your
jaw drop.” – Lonely Planet 2012
Ireland Ireland is an island with a population of 6 million people. It offers beautiful scenery – mountains, lakes, a rugged coastline and green fertile countryside. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream give Ireland a temperate climate with generally mild winters and cool summers. Irish people are friendly and talkative and will enjoy welcoming you to their country. What you will hear most about Ireland is that the Irish people are friendly and talkative and will enjoy welcoming you to their country
“Céad Míle Fáilte” (a hundred thousand welcomes)
– Traditional Gaelic welcome
Craic One of the first words you will learn on a trip to Ireland and one you will frequently hear is: “Craic” (/kræk/ KRAK) it is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation. While your primary motivation in visiting Ireland may be to develop your English you will not be able to avoid having fun as well!
From the largest green space in Europe to the longest defined coastal touring route in the world, Ireland is a country awash with fun ways to spend your days.
From relaxing country days to vibrant city nights Ireland can supply it all. Some different ways to enjoy the Craic during your stay:
The Irish Pub Scene The traditional Irish Pub is much copied but never beaten. While most cities across the globe sport an Irish Pub, the true originals are a breed apart. One of the best actvivites to bring out the Craic in everyone the Irish Pub is a great destination to experience authentic Irish culture while improving your English.
The go-to place in Bray, for traditional pub culture is the Harbour Bar. A firm favourite with our students, the hint to its location is in the name! It is right beside the beach (or the harbour to be exact) and has been voted ‘Best Bar in the World’ by Lonely Planet
Johhny Fox’s Pub in Wicklow
We’re spoilt for choice locally, as there are also a number of pubs on the beach which serve great pub food and have lovely outdoor areas overlooking the beach. The Martello co-host the Bray festivals, and features a line-up of regular and varied live music. A little further away but worth the journey, Johnnie Fox’s is the highest pub in Ireland and as you can guess you need to go uphill to get there!
Irish MusicMusic of some shape or form is at the heart of every Irish celebration. Whether you’d like to learn how to play a traditional Irish instrument, to sing along with a popular Irish ballad, or if you just prefer to sit back, listen and clap along, the music scene in Bray and the surrounding areas has something to offer everyone.
And if all that music is making your feet tap and your hips start swaying, then you need to give Irish dancing a go. It’s energetic, fast-paced, great fun and an excellent workout! The weekly céilí at the Cultúrlann na hÉireann (Irish Cultural Institute) in nearby Monkstown is highly recommended. The céilí is a great evening that’s loads of fun even for the non-musica
Deliciously Fun Cooking The Irish may be famed for the potato but there really is more to it than that. Delgany, a small village near Bray hosts group cooking lessons in a beautiful setting. You can get a complete demo on traditional or modern Irish food, with all your questions answered, and of course you get to taste everything on the menu.
Seriously Fun Sports Irish people have a true love affair with Sport and are both willing participants and eager viewers of sporting events. Whatever your preferred sport Bray has an option open to you.
Be it Horse Riding; Tennis; Golf; Running; Sailing; Bowling; Paintball; Hill Walking or Hiking Bray is a choice destination for every and any recreation pursuit. PACE also offer some of these sport options through our dedicated Junior Summer Centre and our English Plus programmes.
Fantastic Festivals If culture and entertainment makes you happy then there are festivals in Bray all year round to keep you happy. The summer season is always busiest with the long lazy summer evenings but there is something to do all year round. If you’re mad into music then head up to the Groove festival that takes place every August and features a mix of international and local acts.
Bray also has an annual Jazz festival with acts playing at different venues all over town. There is a great variety of bands and it takes place on the May bank holiday weekend each year. If having a laugh is something you enjoy then the annual Bray Comedy Festival is for you. Top class acts from home and abroad descend on Bray to give us all a good long laugh.
PACE Organised Events: PACE offer a dynamic and varied Cultural Programme for all of our students. We arrange a number of events each month covering cultural, sporting and educational areas of interest.
Please note that while some social and cultural activities are free of charge, other activities may incur a charge. All day excursions are not free of charge and are usually not included in course fees (unless specified otherwise). These activities are pay-as-you-go.