Bray Head (Ceann Bré) is a hill and headland, of 241 m, located in northern County Wicklow, Ireland, between the towns of Bray and Greystones. It forms part of the Wicklow Mountains, and is a popular spot with hillwalkers. At the top of the head is a concrete cross which was placed there in 1950 during the holy year. Every Good Friday, hundreds of local people climb to the top of the head in a Good Friday procession doing the stations of the Cross, as they go along with the final station being held at the holy year cross.
The headland and adjacent lands were designated under a Special Amenity Area Order in March 2008.
The Dublin-Wicklow railway line runs outside of Bray Head along the coast, sometimes travelling within feet of the cliffs. This line, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is referred to as Brunel's Folly, due to the ongoing maintenance costs associated with maintaining a cliff-face line. The line has had to be deviated on four occasions. It is approximately a 45 minute rail trip between Dublin and Bray Head.
End of an era as Bray Head Hotel to be turned into apartments ; The closure of a Victorian hotel on Bray's seafront will evoke nostalgic memories. Tim O'Brien reports
Jun 18, 2003; One of the east coast's best known links with the ballroom days of the 1950s, the Crofton Bray Head Hotel, is to be redeveloped...