Bray, north Co.Wicklow, was at one time a popular seaside resort, which owed its existence to the coming of the railway to what was originally a small village in 1854. The Dublin & Wicklow Railway had opened their line from their Harcourt St terminus in Dublin to Bray, where they constructed its single platform terminus prior to extending their line towards Wexford in 1855.

The large single storey station building at Bray is located on what is now the up platform, the down platform having been constructed by the Great Southern Railway in 1927, which created a centre through road for trains passing through the station. Also in 1927, the GSR eliminated the two original 1894 built DWWR signal cabins, known as the 'North Cabin' which was located on the up side of the line just beyond the level crossing, and 'South Cabin' located on the down side of line at the south end of the station. These cabins were replaced by a main 62- lever one, built of concrete, located at the north end of the down platform, it was taken out of use with the inauguration of the electrified DART services in 1984. The adjacent footbridge to the crossing is an original pre-1925 Dublin South Eastern type.

The original 1927 GSR footbridge at the station however was replaced by modern structure as part of the DART upgrade and the fine canopy on the down platform, which boasts a number of murals, was refurbished.At the south end of the station was the former two road engine shed, though roofless by the 1990s, its retaining walls were only demolished in recent years. The former goods yard on the up side adjacent to the derelict station masters house was removed in 1983 and the goods shed was converted into apartments, the yard now been used as the station car park.