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  • PACE Language Institute

    A second-generation family-run English language school, PACE offers each student the warmest of Irish welcomes. Our convenient location in the friendly seaside town of Bray offers the best of both worlds: the bustle of Dublin city centre within easy commuting distance and the stunning scenery of the ‘Garden of Ireland’ on our doorstep.

    With a strong focus on developing real-world communication skills, the range of Academic programmes offered at PACE equips each student with a passport to...

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Learn English in the beautiful seaside resort of Bray, Ireland

Bray is located only 13 miles from Dublin city centre, yet this peaceful seaside resort is vastly different than the bustling city. The largest town in County Wicklow, Bray is known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland.

Bray is the longest established seaside town in Ireland and its scenic promenade dates back to the Victorian era. It runs from the harbour near the childhood home of James Joyce all the way to Bray Head, and is the reason why Bray is also known as the “Brighton of Ireland.” Take a walk along the promenade, enjoy some live music in one of the pubs or get an ice cream in the summertime and relax on the sea front.

One of the main advantages of learning English in Bray is the seaside and simply enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of this quiet resort, while having Dublin within easy reach for a day trip or its nightlife.

Bray appeals to English language students of all ages

Bray beach

Bray’s attractions are numerous. It has water sports and outdoor activities, as well as culture and evening entertainment, country walks and quaint cafes and shops. For the adventurous, there is the famous Cliff Walk, which is one of the most popular attractions in the area due to its amazing views. The walk around the Cliffs takes around two hours and during the journey you can see various grey and common seals, sea birds and sometimes even porpoises and dolphins.

The National Sealife Centre has a large and fascinating collection of 70 different freshwater and sea life species. The displays at the Sealife Centre are designed to carefully recreate the natural habitat of the sea creatures, making it a very immersive experience.

Bray has strong literary, cultural and music connections

Festivals include the Bray Air Show and Kilruddery Film Festival, and, during May Bank Holiday, the Bray Jazz Festival, when some fantastic musicians come to perform in the seaside town. It is the longest established and largest weekend showcase of contemporary jazz music in the Greater Dublin Area.

The weekly farmer’s market is also a “must-do” in Bray. It takes place in front of the heritage centre and plenty of local farmers and artisans will be selling their unique produce and cuisine – it’s a dream come true if you are the foodie type.

The hub of culture in Bray is the Mermaid County Wicklow Art Centre, an art gallery, cinema and theatre. It hosts a number of excellent gigs and events including music, poetry, modern experimental plays, art house movies and more. The art gallery has a constantly changing exhibition that features the latest European and Irish works.

Bray is also the hub of Ireland’s film industry and the base for Ardmore Studios. Tom Cruise is one of many famous actors who have filmed here.

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