Ireland is a beautiful country with an incredible culture. Make the most of your time here and get an authentic Irish experience by travelling like a local. Enjoy all the hidden gems without the bustle and rush of tourists.
Stay in a local accommodation instead of a hotel
Local accommodation can include house-swaps, renting an Airbnb, or staying in a quaint, local BnB. The advantage of staying in an accommodation that isn’t a large hotel is that you often experience more of the local culture. Locals will advise you on the best food spots or events happening. Not to mention that staying in a home or apartment feels much cosier!
Visit the Sweet Dingle Peninsula
Down in the southern-west corner of Ireland, in county Kerry, you will find the wild and wonderful Dingle peninsula. Off the beaten path and away from the main tourist attractions of Ireland, you will get a real feel of Irish culture. The area is home to incredible landscapes overlooking the Atlantic ocean. It is also known for its local pubs, which will sell you tools or a classic pint, otherwise known as hardware pubs.
Visit a local Irish pub
Apart from the famous hardware pubs down in Dingle, Ireland has a huge pub culture. Their pubs are so renowned that you can find an Irish bar in almost every city around the world! And where best to experience the local pubs and their ambiance than in Ireland itself? If you head down to your closest pub, you will surely meet many lively and welcoming locals.
Visit the town of Tramore
Tramore is a lovely seaside town on the southeast coast of Ireland, less than a 30-minute drive from Waterford. As well as being a scenic place to visit, Tramore is famous for its mini-casinos. The town has plenty of these tiny casinos where you can play your favourite games. The Atlantic Arcade is one you may want to visit for a fun night out alongside the locals. However, if you prefer to avoid the crowd, you can always have a go at some Irish slots online from the comfort of your accommodation.
Now you know the best tips to explore Ireland like a true local. Enjoy tranquil accommodations and lively pub culture, and fully immerse yourself in the Irish way of life. Who knows, you might find more secret spots recommended by locals!