Doing business in Bray

The town of Bray is located in North East Wicklow, just South of Dublin. Bray is often known as “The Gateway to the Garden of Ireland”; and is the ninth largest town in Ireland with a population of nearly 36,000. Bray is also a Fair Trade Town.

Bray is Ireland’s longest established seaside town and traditionally has thriving tourism. Available in the immediate locality are fifteen 18-hole golf courses, a tennis club, a sailing club and horse riding. Other features of Bray are the Mermaid Arts Centre on Main Street, and the aquarium on Strand Road. Bray has a safe beach of sand and shingle to walk on, which is over 1.6km (1 mile) long, fronted by a spacious Esplanade. The scene is dominated by Bray Head, which rises steeply (241m/790 ft) above the sea, affording views of mountains and sea. The name of the town means “hill, rising ground”.

Municipal District of Bray is the local authority governing the town of Bray. It consists of eight elected Councillors who create policy for the Council, which is then carried out practically by the administrative / executive / technical staff, led by the Town.

Municipal District of Bray has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in encouraging, assisting and supporting the economic and social growth of the town. The Town Council’s role in providing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate development has been significant in underpinning the sustainable economic and the social development of Bray.

Bray in Business  

Bray in Business (BIB) is an initiative designed to help footfall in Bray, to attract more businesses and to secure a long term sustainable model for the management of the town. BIB represents businesses in Bray and provides the opportunity to deliver projects that will make a tangible difference to the town. 

The BIB Team has launched this guide to assist new businesses looking to trade in Bray and to support existing businesses by providing advice on what their Council and Town can do for them. The BIB aims to help new businesses throughout the process of finding a property and will provide on-going continued assistance from the start of the process on to when your business is well established. 

Establishing your business in Bray will mean you are becoming part of a supportive and vibrant business community and gives you access to all of BIB’s resources and advice. 

Download the guide here.

Municipal District of Bray would be delighted to help you with any business questions you may have, please email

Municipal District of Bray, a trusted partner in helping business succeed.