Summer in Wicklow
Come spend your summer in County Wicklow, surrounded by beautiful coastlines and scenic mountains. There’s so much to do and Bray is the perfect place to spend your holiday with family, friends or even by yourself. So why not book a room in the Royal Hotel Bray and make the most of the season.
Bray Air Display is a two-day flying extravaganza, the perfect event for all age groups. This community organised event is the lead tourism event in Wicklow and is Ireland’s biggest air display. On the ground, family entertainment includes; a funfair, helicopter pleasure flights, FanZone and a superb food and craft market gathering over 50 food and snack traders. Bray Air Display is one of Europe's biggest airshows with 140,000 people attending the event annually. Visitors will be treated to gravity-defying manoeuvres, flyovers and aerobatic performances that will leave you speechless.
Are you a shark lover, a Seahorse fancier or a Clownfish groupie? At Sea Life Bray you can make up your mind and see them all. From the curious and the rescued, to the rare and enigmatic. You'll be able to get closer to them than ever before. Just a two minute walk from the DART station and ten minutes walk from the Royal Hotel Bray. Discover Ireland's largest collection of sharks, come face to face with 11 species of them.Get up close and personal to the tropical fish, octopus and stingrays. With 30 displays, a kids quiz trail, a colouring table and hourly public feeds of our animals, you won’t get bored.
If animals aren’t really your thing, Bray Head Cliff Walk might interest you. This 7km linear walk takes you from Bray to Greystones along the stunning coastal path. The path is well-maintained and you can return by DART to the starting point. Greystones has plenty to offer the hungry walker after beautiful views and a range of marine wildlife. From the Bray start, there is a path leading to the top of Bray Head offering impressive views of the Irish Sea, the Wicklow Mountains and Bray.
Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes’ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind and is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. There is a recreational area for picnics and also for rock-climbing. Glendalough has nine waymarked trails of varying difficulty. Despite its immense popularity, Glendalough is a deepy tranquil and spiritual place.
Summer is the perfect time for golfing and Bray Golf Club is one of the oldest in Ireland, founded in 1897. The club is a magnificent USGA-standard parkland course, situated between Bray Head and the Sugar Loaf Mountain with magnificent views of Killiney Beach and the Wicklow mountains. Bray Golf Club combines stunning scenery with a classic layout. Set in nearly 200 acres, it has become one of the premier golfing destinations on Ireland’s East Coast. The Royal Hotel is the perfect stay for your golfing trip, just a ten minute drive from the course.
Mermaid Art Centre is a creative hub and artistic resource for County Wicklow, creating opportunities for locals to enjoy high quality national and international art, spanning all art forms and supporting proffesional and ameteur artists and companies. It is a leading space where ideas, creativity, imagination and artistic expression find a natural home. The intimate auditorium is an end-on proscenium theatre with 242 seats on a retractable rake comprising 11 rows. The centre is only a seven minute walk from our hotel.
There is so much to do for all ages in Wicklow this summer. So book a stay in The Royal Hotel Bray and make the most of the Irish summer.