It really says something that in a year of unprecedented change, less tourism and fewer travellers coming to our shores, Irish hotels and museums continue to rack up the awards. And another of the country's hidden gems has just snatched another trophy. 

Dublin's EPIC Museum has been named Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards for the second year running – making it the first tourist attraction in the awards' 27-year history to ever do so. 

The museum, which opened in 2016 in the CHQ building, delves into Ireland's history of emigration, bringing to life the storied past of the country and the 10 million people who left it, illuminating their journeys, why they made them and where they went. 

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The exhibition includes interactive features such as video galleries visitors can swipe through, motion sensor quizzes that walk you through history and remastered audio clips from 100 years ago, giving a literal voice to our ancestors.

Winning the award is impressive enough, winning it twice in a row is even more so, but when you consider that the awards are voted on by the public, this is a serious win for the Dublin spot.

It fought off fierce competition from other locations like Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower and even the Colosseum, to name a few. Previous winners of the award include the Guinness Storehouse and the London Eye.

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Speaking about the win Patrick Greene, Director of the EPIC Museum, said: "We are immensely proud to receive this recognition two years running, especially against the backdrop of a challenging year.

"In the same spirit that more people are "shopping local", we hope that Irish people will have even more reason to experience a two-time winner tourist attraction on their own doorstep,  and that we'll be a must-see destination for overseas visitors again soon."