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Dublin voted Best in Travel by Lonely Planet

Noirín Hegarty, Lonely Planet; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Dublin has been declared the third best city in the world to visit by Lonely Planet for 2016. Tourism Ireland have said they will take every opportunity to maximise this latest accolade for Dublin over the coming weeks by spreading the word in its promotions around the world.


Describing Dublin, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 says:

“Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavours and kaleidoscopic colours… the place pulsates with youthful vibrancy, optimism and creativity”.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The inclusion of Dublin at number three in the world in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 is wonderful news and will surely help to inspire travellers everywhere to put Dublin and the island of Ireland on their holiday wish-list for 2016. It is another well-deserved accolade for Dublin, which provides Tourism Ireland with a great hook to continue to promote the city and Ireland around the world as ‘must visit’ destinations.”

Tourism Ireland has also said it will invite three Lonely Planet bloggers and vloggers to visit Dublin over the coming weeks. Their itinerary will include an ‘Instawalk’ with a Lonely Planet author – when they will check out some of the Dublin highlights mentioned in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016, documenting their experience online and sharing it with their followers. Those Dublin highlights include Kilmainham Gaol, the Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Ha’penny Bridge and the Molly Malone statue.

The full list of the top ten cities in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 are:

  1. Kotor, Montenegro
  2. Quito, Ecuador
  3. Dublin, Ireland
  4. George Town, Malaysia
  5. Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  6. Mumbai, India
  7. Fremantle, Australia
  8. Manchester, UK
  9. Nashville, USA
  10. Rome, Italy