If you’re heading to the charming coastal town of Bray, naturally you’re going to want to know the best places to stay in Bray so you can make the most out of your trip.
With so many things to do in Bray, it’s the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway or even a longer vacation. And whether you’re looking for a cosy Airbnb or a hotel with incredible views, I’ve got you covered.
Bray makes a fantastic base for exploring nearby gems like the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Dalkey Castle, or Powerscourt Estate. It’s no wonder Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland!
There’s also plenty to keep you busy in the town itself – from strolling along the promenade to learning some history at the Bray Heritage Centre.
At just a 50-minute drive or train journey from Ireland’s capital along the scenic east coast, I often made my way to Bray for a day or for weekend trips when I lived in Dublin.
There’s a whole heap of things to keep you busy for a longer stay too. From beautiful hikes and scenic lookouts, to live music and delicious seafood, Bray really has got a bit of everything for such a small town.
Here are the 10 best places to stay in Bray.
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1. Stunning Beachfront House
If it’s by the sea you want to be, then this Georgian beachfront house is the place for you. With incredible views of the Irish Sea, this house is perfect for any getaway.
With scenic views of the mountains in one direction and the sea in the other, it’s easy to spend a lazy day here simply gazing out the windows.
This is one of the best places to stay in Bray for families, especially large families as can sleep up to 9 guests in 4 spacious bedrooms.
The property is spread across three floors. The main entrance is on the middle floor, there’s a huge entertaining space, and even a pool table to keep the kids, (or the big kids), entertained.
You’ll find one double bedroom downstairs, as well as a large kitchen if you fancy cooking up a storm. And there are three more large bedrooms on the upper level.
Of course, if you don’t fancy cooking any night, this accommodation is right around the corner from Cassoni’s Fish & Chips – perfect for a takeaway night.
This accommodation in Bray isn’t only ideal for families, (although families will love it here). It’s also perfect for group nights in, birthday gatherings, and hens/stags, (AKA bachelorette and bachelor parties). In fact, the hosts specifically advertise their Prosecco and Painting Parties – need I say more?
When you’re ready to head out and explore Bray, you’re only a 10-minute walk to the seafront and the town centre.
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2. The Martello
The Martello is a staple in the town and one of the most iconic places to stay in Bray, Co. Wicklow. The old Victorian building has been refurbished to a high standard and turned into a cosy and inviting hotel.
The Martello is located right on the Bray seafront so you can wake up to stunning views of the Irish Sea each morning and you’re never far from a refreshing sea breeze.
With 25 beautifully decorated hotel rooms and 19 self-catering apartments to choose from, you have the option to either wing it on your own in an apartment or enjoy being waited on in the hotel itself.
You won’t even need to leave the hotel for a great night out – dance the night away in their on-site nightclub!
The apartments are particularly popular with families as they come with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of space for everyone to spread out.
If you’re looking for things to do in Bray, The Martello’s seafront location means you can easily stroll along the promenade, head to the main street for a bit of shopping, or take a hike up Bray Head for even more spectacular panoramic views.
The hotel can also arrange fun activities like kayaking, golf tours, or day excursions on your behalf, so you don’t have to lift a finger.
Check out all the amenities The Martello Bray has here.
3. Self Catering Ground Floor Apartment
This luxury two-bedroom, ground-floor apartment is perfect to accommodate up to five guests travelling together.
The apartment is within a Victorian house from the 1850s, but the interior is sublimely modern and spacious, and comes with all the amenities you could possibly need on your vacation.
The family who let out this apartment actually live on the two floors above, so they’re always on hand if needed, (but won’t bother you during your stay).
You’ll have access to the shared family garden and can sit and relax with your morning coffee or evening beverage choice on the comfortable patio furniture outside.
The apartment has its own entrance, with a super cute enclosed courtyard between a locked gate and the front door. You’ll also get a parking space if needed.
The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for you to cook up a storm yourself, but with so many great places to eat out in Bray, you may not even need to.
The apartment is located in a very central spot on Putland Road; just a few minutes walk from the seafront and very close to Bray town centre too.
This makes it ideal for those who want to be close to all the action, but also want a little space and quiet when they return ‘home’ at the end of a long day of exploring.
At the end of this road, you’ll find Bray’s famous Teddy’s Ice-Cream shop – you can’t miss a tasting (or two).
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4. 40 Winks
This quirky family-run boutique hotel is one of the most unique places to stay in Bray. You’ll receive a delicious continental breakfast each morning as you wake up in your cosy bedroom to a stunning sea view.
If you choose a room with a bath, you’ll be treated to a magnificent copper free-standing bath in your room; imagine soaking in the tub, a glass of wine in hand, and taking in a show-stopping sea view…
The hotel is located on the seafront so you’re never far from a walk along the beach or a stroll into town for some lunch. Of course, you don’t have to walk too far, there are many places to eat and drink right by the hotel, such as the Tower Bistro in the Martello.
The best thing about this small hotel is its big personality. The owners have put their heart and soul into making this place special, and it really shows. From the beautiful interiors to the welcoming staff, you’ll feel right at home here.
With rooms displaying featured exposed brick walls, unique statues, and intricate door handles, you may even feel as though you’re wandering through an art exhibition at times.
If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Bray for couples, 40 Winks should definitely be at the top of your list.
How cute is this place? Check it out for yourself here.
5. Enchanting Vista
This property is one of the best places to stay near Bray if you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly.
It comes with everything you might need for a comfortable stay, including a fully equipped kitchen, an iron and hairdryer, one double bedroom, and a sofa bed in the living area. This property is the ideal accommodation for couples or small families.
The Enchanting Vistas is nestled between the Little Sugarloaf Mountains and Bray Head, providing incredible views in every direction.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, this place is simply perfect. You’ll have walking trails right on your doorstep, as well as bikes available to use, so you can head off for the day and explore all that Wicklow nature has to offer.
Whatever you do, do not miss the sun setting behind the mountains. On a clear summer’s day, the sky lights up in a spectrum of oranges, pinks and reds – it’s truly breathtaking and you have to see it to believe it.
Even though this apartment is located smack bang in the middle of the countryside, Bray town is still only a five-minute drive away. So, you can enjoy all the peace and quiet of country living whilst still having access to shops, restaurants and cafes close by.
Parents rejoice! If you want to head out for the evening for some quiet time, the hosts of the Enchanting Vista will help you arrange a recommended babysitter for your little ones.
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6. The Wilton Hotel
The Wilton Hotel in Bray is located about 2km from Bray’s seafront promenade. If you’re looking for a place to stay that’s a little further away from the hustle and bustle, this could be the one for you.
The hotel has its own on-site restaurant and lounge, and the common areas are beautifully decorated in a modern and stylish way.
Guests rave about the hotel staff, who are incredibly friendly and helpful and can assist you with booking tours or tickets for any activities or attractions you may want to do.
Whilst the Wilton Hotel may not have sea views, it more than makes up for it with its lush green surroundings. Couples especially love the Wilton Hotel Bray as it’s a wonderful place to take a breather. This is one of the more romantic places to stay in Bray.
Oh, and if you’re anything like me and live for a hotel breakfast, you won’t be disappointed with the morning spread on offer here. There are plenty of hot and cold options to choose from, as well as a continental buffet.
Looking to get active during your stay? Pop over the road to Bray Golf Club for a few rounds of golf, head on a hike to Bray Head or spend the afternoon strolling around nearby Killruddery House & Gardens.
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7. The Nook
This accommodation takes first place when it comes to places to stay near Bray.
This spectacular country house is tucked away between the foot of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains on just over 2.5 acres of land.
The Nook is the perfect place to stay if you’re in search of a rural retreat.
It can accommodate up to 5 people, making it ideal for a family or group of friends, (although you should note that this isn’t a party house).
The property comprises of three large bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and 2.5 bathrooms, as well as a separate laundry area.
Oh, and get this – it’s even got a tennis court for those more energetic days.
The owners have a greenhouse and vegetable patch and are happy to take you around on a tour of the garden. Keep an eye out for their two adorable dogs who love to meet guests.
There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your stay here – think hiking the nearby trails, cycling along the Wicklow Way, and fishing in one of the many rivers and lakes. You can also explore the surrounding area of Rathmichael, including Pucks’s Castle ruins, the old church and Rathmichael woods.
With its close proximity to Bray, Dalkey, Killiney, and Glendalough, The Nook is the perfect base to explore some of Wicklow’s most popular attractions.
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8. Firefly Hotel
Recently renovated, the Firefly has a quirky young vibe that makes it one of the coolest places to stay in Bray.
The hotel is located just 650 meters from Bray Beach and a 2-minute walk to Bray’s main street, making it super convenient if you’re looking to explore all that Bray has to offer.
Mosey across Main Street to McGettigan’s Bar for some great food and an even better atmosphere.
The 18 rooms are small but perfectly formed, and are colourfully decorated with artwork by local artists.
It’s the first ‘automated accommodation’ in Ireland, meaning that you can check in and out using your phone, (it’s actually your key!). That means no waiting, you can come and go as you please, and you never have to queue – my kind of hotel.
Although you can manage the majority of your stay yourself, you don’t have to fend for yourself. The staff are still on hand 24/7 should you need anything at all, even if you don’t necessarily see them.
The Firefly is a great place to stay for couples, solo travellers, or even for those on business trips as there’s free and fast WiFi, and a dedicated workspace available in rooms.
To read more about this new breed of hotel in Bray, click here.
9. Adorable Studio Cabin
Last up is another of my favourite places to stay near Bray, (I can have more than one favourite!). You’ll understand why once you see this really cute studio pod.
The modern cabin is bright and airy and has everything you need for a comfortable stay; featuring a fully fitted kitchen, including a dishwasher, a double bed, and a large shower.
Outside is the main event. Rolling hills and fields for miles make it the perfect place to truly be one with nature.
The cabin is only a 15 minutes drive from Bray town centre, so although you’re never far from civilisation, it feels like you’re a world away.
The hosts go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need during your stay. They’re also happy to help with any recommendations of things to do in the area.
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10. The Strand Hotel
The Strand Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Bray if you’re after a little luxury. It’s also the best place to stay in Bray if you’re looking for some history.
This hotel was once the home of Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish poet and playwright, and you can definitely feel a sense of his eccentricity throughout the property.
The hotel has been modernised and updated over the years, but it still retains its original charm.
Located right on the seafront, you can wake up to stunning sea views every morning and enjoy a front-row seat to Bray’s famous sunrise.
You’ll be a little spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink here – the Strand Hotel is home to The Curry Leaf, Wilde’s Restaurant, Wilde’s Bar, and Ireland’s first Caffe Vergnano, (the infamous Italian coffee brand).
If you’re up for a hike, the Strand Hotel is located at the foot of the Bray Head Cliff Walk. And if you wish to head into Dublin city without having to drive through the notoriously busy city traffic, the DART, (Dublin’s Light Rail System). runs right past the hotel.
To find out more about this historic property, click here.
FAQs About Bray Accommodation
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about accommodation in Bray.
What is the best place to stay in Bray for couples?
Couples will love 40 Winks on the Bray seafront. With its uniquely decorated rooms and wonderful sea views, it’s the perfect place to escape for the weekend and enjoy each other’s company.
What is the best Bray accommodation for families?
The Nook is a great option for families as it has plenty of room and tons of activities nearby to keep all the family entertained.
Is Bray worth visiting?
Bray is definitely worth visiting. It’s filled with natural beauty and plenty of activities for visitors of all ages.
Is Bray safe?
From personal experience, I would say that Bray is a very safe place to visit. However, as with any travel destination, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions. Keep your personal items close to you and be alert when walking at night.
There’s no shortage of places to stay in Bray, and with all the options available you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation for your needs.
Whether you’re looking for a quirky hotel, an Airbnb with stunning sea views or even an automated hotel, Bray has it all.
Your only trouble will be choosing which accommodation in Bray to stay in!