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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.