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Brittas Bay Beach: Parking, Swimming + 2024 Info

Brittas Bay Beach: Parking, Swimming + 2024 Info

Brittas Bay Beach is arugably one of the most popular beaches in Wicklow.

Located a stone’s throw from both Arklow and Wicklow Town, Brittas Bay is broken up into Brittas Bay North and Brittas Bay South.

These are two of Wicklow’s Blue Flag beaches and below you’ll find info on everything from parking to swimming.

Some quick need-to-knows about Brittas Bay Beach

Although a visit to Brittas Bay Beach is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location

Brittas Bay is located in County Wicklow, a 15-minute drive from Wicklow Town, a 20-minute drive from Arklow and a 35-minute drive from Aughrim.

2. North and south beach 

Brittas Bay Beach is actually two beaches, Brittas Bay North and Brittas Bay South. There is nothing dividing the two sections of the beach other than the name, and you can walk from the North beach to the South beach without any obstruction.

3. Parking

There are two different car parks for the each section of the beach. You’ll find the two car parks for Brittas Bay North here on Google Maps and the two for Brittas Bay South here on Google Maps. Parking at both car parks costs €4 a day in the summer.

4. Lifeguards

Lifeguards are stationed on both the North and the South beach during the summer months. Make sure to check the notice boards at the beach for the times. Water safety warning: Understanding water safety is absolutely crucial when visiting beaches in Ireland. Please take a minute to read these water safety tips. Cheers!

About Brittas Bay’s Beaches

Brittas Bay Wicklow

Photos courtesy Celtic Routes via Fáilte Ireland

Brittas Bay North and Brittas Bay South are both Blue Flag Beaches. The beaches are an incredibly popular swimming spot during the summer months when it seems like half of Dublin empties out onto the sandy strand.

The dunes above the beach have been designated as a proposed Special Area of Conservation due to the unique wildlife that makes its home there.

The lush grassy dunes are great to explore and cover a massive area, almost 100 hectares.

The beach has excellent facilities with bins and toilets located in the car parks. As always, make sure to clean up any rubbish you bring with you or happen to find on the beach. 

Things to do around Brittas Bay Beach

There’s a handful of things to do in and around Brittas Bay Beach, regardless of when you visit.

Just keep in mind that this place gets packed out on fine summer days.

Grab a coffee from Bay Café

Bay Café is a lovely little coffee shop just a quick 5 minute drive from the beach. The café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 15:30 (times may change).

Enjoy a great cup of coffee to go or sit down for breakfast or lunch. If you are in need a mid-day treat, make sure to check out their homemade pastries.

Then walk the length of the beach

From end to end, Brittas Bay Beach stretches 4km which we estimate would take you around an hour to walk across.

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the beach during the peak season but you are welcome to take your four legged friend for a leashed walk from October through May.

Or hit the water with Brittas Bay Surf School

Brittas Bay Surf School operates off the beach between the North and South car parks. The surf school offers surfing lessons to beginners and surfers looking to improve their skills as well as stand up paddleboard lessons.

Things to do near Brittas Bay Beach

One of the beauties of Brittas Bay is that it’s a short spin away from many of the best places to visit in Wicklow.

Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Brittas Bay!

1. Avondale Forest Park (25-minute drive)

Avondale Forest Park

Photos by Coillte via Failte Ireland

Avondale Forest Park was recently re-developed and has introduced a Treetop Walk and Viewing Tower. Walk to the top of the tower to take in spectacular views over the Wicklow Mountains, Avonmore river valley and the Vale of Avoca.

2. Wicklow Gaol (20-minute drive)

Wicklow Gaol

Photos by Brian Morrison via Ireland’s Content Pool

Wicklow Gaol, located in Wicklow Town, offers partially guided tours and Virtual Reality tours of this historic gaol that held prisoners from the 1798 Rebellion all the way up to prisoners during the Irish Civil War.

3. National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh (15-minute drive)

Kilmacurragh Gardens

Photos courtesy Failte Ireland

The National Botanic Kilmacurragh Gardens, are located just outside of Wicklow Town and consist of 52 acres of gardens. The gardens are known in particular for their extensive rhododendron collection and conifer trees.

FAQs about Brittas Bay in Wicklow

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Are there lifeguards?’ to ‘Is it still a Blue Flag?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Is Brittas Bay worth visiting?

If you’re in the area and you fancy a seaside ramble then yes, Brittas Bay (North or South) is worth visiting. Grab a coffee from Bay Café and then tackle the 4km stroll.

Is it safe to swim in Brittas Bay?

Brittas Bay is, at the time of typing, a Blue Flag Beach. While it’s popular amongst capable swimmers, please note that lifeguards are only on duty during the summer months.

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