Carlisle Grounds Like?
Main Stand (photo)
Railway Side (photo)
Where To Drink?
Town End (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Training Ground End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Carlisle Gardens Location Map
|What's The Carlisle Grounds Like?|
The Carlisle Ground is one of the
oldest football ground sites in Ireland, and despite
losing both of its old barrel roofed stands in the
last decade, the ground and indeed its very location
still maintain a great deal of character.
Approaching Bray from the scenic Dart Commuter line
between Dublin Connolly and Greystones the ground
sits around 100 metres from the breezy seafront,
with Bray Daly Railway Station effectively forming
an entrance to the turnstiles alongside the
Quinsborough Road Level Crossing. Entering the
ground on this corner we see immediately to our left
the Quinsborough Road End which has remained
unchanged for a good number of years. Perhaps one of
the most picturesque behind goal terraces in
Ireland, the narrow walkway has a gently sloping
grass bank, bordered by shrubberies and a couple of
mature trees. A neat row of Edwardian houses on the
far side of the road peer over the penalty area.
Alas fans are not allowed to stand on the grass bank
due to 'health and safety' concerns. From the
Quinsborough Road End looking over to the right, we
see the Railway Side, which for a short while
featured a barrel roofed cover which ran almost the
full length of the pitch. This was built for as part
of the back drop for the film Micheal Collins.
However it was subsequently removed, leaving the
concrete base we see today, which features 12
concrete steps, offering an excellent elevated view
of the pitch. Oddly the concrete deck once had 12
rows of red plastic seats installed, but these have
now been replaced by 5-6 rows of seating, giving
around 2,200 seats with rows 7-12 effectively
|The current ground
capacity is sufficient for league games though long
term the railway side would benefit from having a roof
fitted, however there are no plans at present.
|Away supporters are accommodated on the
Railway Side which has 5-6 rows of open seating and
the full length of the pitch. There is an additional six steps between the seating and the back wall though as there are no crush barriers is uncertain if people are allowed to stand there during a game.
|Where To Drink?|
|The ground is
only five minutes walk from the town centre, follow
the road from the level crossing away from the sea
front and at the end of Quinsborough Road turn left
into Main Street to find a good selection of pubs
and eating outlets. Or of the weather is good then
there a few bars dotted along the sea front,
including one of my favourites, the Porterhouse.
There is also a handy fish and chip shop located
across the road from the entrance to the railway
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From the North:
Follow the N11/M11 from South Dublin. Turn off the M11 just north of Bray and at the roundabout
turn right onto the R119 Dublin Road. Pass over the river bridge and follow the road into the town
centre,then turn left into Quinsborough Road. Just before the level crossing you will see the stadium
on the left, turn left into Seymour Road. There is a car park inside the ground-turn right after you have passed the Main Stand.
From the South:
Follow the N11 North from Wicklow, turn off south of Bray, and at the roundabout turn right onto the
R768 to take you over the N11.At the next roundabout turn left into the R767 Killarney Road. Follow
this road as it leads through the town centre. Once in the town centre turn right into Quinsborough Road. Just before the level crossing you will see the stadium on the left, turn left into Seymour Road.There is a car park inside the ground-turn right after you have passed the Main Stand.
Map showing the location of the Carlisle Gardens Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
| Training Ground
|Bray (Daly) Railway
Station is only a five minute walk away from Carlisle
Gardens. As you come out of the station entrance turn
right and then turn left into Quinsborough Road. The
ground is up on the right.
The easiest and most frequent service is to use the Dart service which runs from Dublin along the coast to Bray. Journey time from Dublin Connolly to Bray is around 45 minutes, whilst from Dublin Pearse station it is around 39 minutes. Services run every 15-30 minutes. See the Irish Rail website for timetables and ticketing information.
|There is the
Bus No 145 service that runs every ten minutes to
Kilmacanogue. It starts at Dublin Heuston and goes
along the northside bank of the River Liffey,
through Dublin City Centre and on towards Bray and
Kilmacanogue. You will need to get off at Main
Street Bary (just before McDonalds at the Town Hall
junction) then look for the signposts to the Railway
Station and seafront. For timetables and a route map
see the Dublin
Tickets can be
purchased from the office located opposite the
|Official Programme €3|
University College Dublin are the nearest Premier
Division Club, however there are a number of
Leinster Province County Wicklow rivalries with
teams such as Wayside Celtic and Arklow Town.
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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Last Updated : 11 September 2013