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Bray Air Display takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. Packing almost as much punch as Bray native Katie Taylor, more than 140,000 people attended last year’s event. The event site will open at midday each day, and the display will take place between 3pm and 5:30pm. Large crowds are very likely so make sure you plan your journey in advance and use public transport where possible. Factor in extremely long delays if you’re thinking of using your car.
HOW DO I GET TO BRAY?
Show me the way, the way to Bray
Bray is located just south of Dublin off the M11/N11. Taking J5 Bray North, J6 Bray/Fassaroe or J7 Bray South exits will get you there. Alternatively, take the exits at J10 Delgany or J11 Greystones and access Bray from the south via Greystones.
Historically, traffic has been extremely slow heading into the town for the Bray Air Display from the M11/N11, particularly exiting at J5 Bray North. For this reason, any of the junctions further south may end up being the quicker options. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, and don’t think you are the exception who will magically avoid delays. Taking public transport might be the least stressful option. If you have no other choice than taking the car, there will be designated parking sites around the town.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
The Great Irish Car Park Hunt
The two main car parks this year will be situated to the north of the town: one off the Dublin Rd at Coláiste Ráithín, and the other at the old golf club off Ravenswell Rd. The event site is just a short walk from here. Traffic can access these car parks by exiting the M11 at J5 Bray North.
Overflow car parks will open at St. Thomas’s (BIFE) and on Quinnsborough Rd. South of there, parking will also be available on Southern Cross Rd at Shoreline Leisure and the IDA Business Park. These can be accessed by taking J7 Bray South on the N11. A shuttle bus will run between Southern Cross Rd and Meath Rd on Sunday only. Car parks will open at 11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. They’ll close at 8pm each day.
WHAT IF I’M GETTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Buses are the bus-ness. Trains are rail-y good.
Extra DART and Dublin Bus services will run on the day. There are frequent DART services to and from Bray via the Malahide/Howth to Greystones line. Dublin Bus routes 45a, 84, 84a, 145, 184 and 185 also run regularly to the town. A number of diversions are likely on Dublin Bus routes across the weekend and you should expect delays due to heavy traffic so keep this in mind.
WHICH ROADS WILL BE CLOSED?
The road to nowhere
To facilitate the event, a number of road closures and restrictions will be in place.
The following roads will close on Saturday, from 1pm to 6pm: Seapoint Rd, Meath Rd, Quinsborough Rd, Vevay Rd (between Southern Cross Rd and Putland Rd), Novara Ave, Strand Rd, Albert Ave, Victoria Ave, Sidmonton Ave, Lwr Dargle Rd, Newcourt Rd and Convent Ave (east of Meath Rd). Parking restrictions also be in place on all other roads east of Vevay Rd (R761) and Main St. Local traffic between Putland Rd and Seapoint Rd will be diverted via Vevay Rd and Main St.
On Sunday, Strand Rd will close from 8am to 6pm. Between 9am and 6pm, all other roads east of Main St and Vevay Rd will close (excluding access to BIFE from Main St). Eastbound on Lwr Dargle Rd will also be closed during these times. Traffic management and parking restrictions will be in place on Herbert Rd, Boghall Rd, Castle St, Dublin Rd and Main St. Southbound traffic on Main St will be diverted via Killarney Rd. Southbound traffic on Vevay Rd will divert via Church Rd or O’Byrne Rd to Boghall Rd and Killarney Rd.
There will also be restrictions on other roads in the area and Gardaí will be on point duty.
HOW DO I SEE THE BRAY AIR DISPLAY?
Long ‘air don’t care
Just look up at the sky, but not whilst driving of course.