You’ve seen all of the usual tourist activities and attractions in Dublin by now and although you should visit the big ones (Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar etc) there is so much more to Dublin. If you want to experience Dublin like a local check our alternative guide.

Shop

For some retail therapy with a difference, head to Dublin’s South City and visit the unique and magical Georges Arcade. You won’t find any high-street favorites in here, its filled to the brim with unusual trinkets, vintage and retro clothing and funky prints to take home with you. There are a couple of cool cafes as well as a retro record store and even a place to get yourself a new piercing if the mood strikes you!

Drink

Although Temple Bar is an absolute hub of tourist activity and is honestly great fun, even as a local, it may not be to everyone’s taste. If you fancy something completely unique and different to anything else in Dublin, visit Drop Dead Twice in Dublin’s thriving Liberties. This trendy little bar, in a colourful neighbourhood, is essentially a BYO cocktail club. Bring a bottle of your favourite spirit and the talented bar staff will make you a variety of bespoke cocktails to suit your taste! They also serve craft beer in case you’re not a cocktail fan.

Eat

When in Ireland you’ll notice our traditional food is all about great quality meat and plenty of wholesome veg on the side. One of the city’s finest examples of contemporary Irish cuisine is the Pigs Ear in Dublin’s City Centre. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2009 and have retained it since. With unusual food combinations paired with Irish hospitality and charm, you’ll never go wrong with a visit here.

Step back in time with a visit to The Stella Theatre and Diner, a little outside of the city centre. The Stella is a lovingly restored 1920’s cinema which shows a combination of the latest cinema releases and has special themed nights with some real classic movies. The best part is you can have gourmet tapas-style food, delicious drinks, delivered directly to your comfortable leather seat while you enjoy the movie!

Visit

You’ve seen all of the usual museums in Dublin, full of the fascinating history of Ireland but now its time to learn a little about the capital. The Little Museum of Dublin takes you on a tour of Dublin’s past and present in under 30-minutes and is every bit as interesting as its larger counterparts. Learn about everything from women’s history to the rise and rise of U2 and see fascinating donated relics from years gone by. We’re not the only ones who love it, it is the number one museum experience in Ireland on Trip Advisor.

Whether you want to go down the traditional tourist route or explore like a local, staying Aspect Park West will ensure your accommodation lives up to your experience. Our modern and comfortable rooms can be booked online or on the phone. Remember to always book direct for the best rate guaranteed.

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