Bray …. near Dublin
It was developed as a resort in the 1850s when the railway was extended South of Dun Laoghaire. The Dart now runs efficiently to and from Bray.
While the town has lost some of its genteel Victorian charm it is a handy option for visiting Dublin without staying in the city.
Bray boasts a superb sand and shingle beach which is perfect for morning and evening walks after a day visiting Dublin.
There are also fine walks up and around Bray Head , which is a knob of rock pushing into the sea. There is a massive cross erected on Bray Head to mark the holy year of 1950.
If you are on tours of Ireland with children the National Se-Life Centre is worth visiting.
Bray is a little hidden gem worth considering for accommodation if you want to be near Dublin but not actually stay in the city.