Lonely Planet names Dublin one of world’s Top 10 cities to visit in 2016

Dublin has been named one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2016 by travel bible, Lonely Planet.

The accolade comes in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016, an annual collection of the hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead.

The bestselling yearbook, which last year named Ireland as a Top 10 country to visit in 2015, highlights the top countries, cities and regions to visit next year.

“The diaspora has turned inside out and 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,” Lonely Planet says.

Dublin has a huge amount to offer any traveller, it adds.

“Meet the perfect stranger through the Little Museum’s brilliant City of a Thousand Welcome’s initiative, where an ordinary Dubliner will tell you about their home town over a free drink in a local pub.

“Follow the Independence Trail around key sites where nation-forming events took place… Plunge into the Irish Sea at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, or nurse a deep dark pint fireside in Mulligan’s on Poolbeg St., where the atmosphere is as potent as the stout.”

The news comes just over a week after Dublin was rebranded as more than just a “party town” in an effort to secure its long-term future as a tourism destination.

A new brand and logo – ‘Dublin: A Breath of Fresh Air’ – were unveiled as key elements in a €1 million reboot of the capital’s “dusty” image this month.

Lonely planet also mentions the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising as a particularly good reason to visit Dublin in 2016.

2016 Centenary

“Dublin should be on every traveller’s must-see list,” said Lonely Planet spokesperson, Noirín Hegarty. “It’s pulsing with vibrancy, optimism and creativity.”

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe said the accolade would “propel Dublin even further”, while Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said it would “surely help to inspire travellers everywhere to put Dublin and the island of Ireland on their holiday wish-list for 2016.”

Earlie this year, Dublin was voted the world’s second-friendliest city by readers of Conde Nast Travel magazine, another hugely influential travel publication.

The city is the “new Barcelona, without the sunstroke”, one reader said.

See more on lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel.



Dublin First of the Top 10 Nightlife Cities…

…according to National Geographic.

Temple Bar

Wedged between Trinity College and the old city, the Temple Bar area is a decadent neighborhood of watering holes and nightclubs. The beer flows in torrents at the Brazen Head, reputedly Ireland’s oldest pub (established 1198) and a fixture in James Joyce’s opus Ulysses.



Lonely Planet Declares Ireland Best in Travel 2015



Ireland in Top Destinations for Travel in 2015

Lonely Planet

It’s official! Lonely Planet has named Ireland as one of the Top 10 countries to visit in 2015. And who would argue with them? diverse landscapes are stunning, cities bustling and attractions unique and abundant.


It’s a rival to California’s Pacific Coast Highway and Australia’s Great Ocean Road



The people themselves are inevitably at the heart of the best the country has to offer


Ireland’s traditions are firmly intact and the cosmopolitan people are as welcoming as their forebears were known to be


Fireworks, gigs and parades for the kids

Sources: Lonely Planet &  Tourism Ireland

Ireland’s top 10 tourist attractions revealed…


The Guinness Storehouse once more tops the bill, welcoming 1,157,000 visitors in 2013 – an increase of 70,000 visitors on its 2012 performance.

The iconic Dublin attraction was followed closely by Dublin Zoo, with just over a million visitors, and the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience – which saw a 10% boost over last year thanks to 960,000 paying visitors passing through.

Top 10 Fee-Charging Attractions 2013

1) Guinness Storehouse, Dublin: 1,157,090

2) Dublin Zoo: 1,026,611

3) Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Co. Clare: 960,134

4) National Aquatic Centre, Dublin: 858,031

5) Book of Kells, Dublin: 588, 723

6) Tayto Park, Co. Meath: 435,000

7) St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: 410.000

8) Fota Wildlife Park, Cork: 365,396

9) Blarney Castle, Cork: 365,000

10) Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin: 326,207


The ‘free attractions’ listing was topped by the National Gallery, as per last year, but there was a significant new entry – with the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons entering the top ten at No.5 with 350,000 visitors during 2013.

Top 10 Free Attractions 2013

1) National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin: 641,572

2) National Botanic Gardens, Dublin: 550,000

3) Farmleigh, Dublin: 435,476

4) National Museum, Archaeology, Dublin: 404,230

5) Newbridge Silverware, Kildare: 350,000

6) Science Gallery, Dublin: 339,264

7) National Museum, Natural History, Dublin: 284,323

8) National Library of Ireland, Dublin: 260,323

9) National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin: 251,226

10) Chester Beatty Library: 250,659

Overall, the combined top ten fee-paying attractions in 2013 recorded a 5% increase in visitors. The combined top ten free attractions rose 7& over 2012.

Speaking today, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said:

“It’s good to see visitor numbers growing at so many of our key attractions, and it’s further proof that Irish tourism is going from strength to strength.”

The list will be seen as further good news for Irish tourism, after recent CSO figures revealed overseas visitors were up 9% from January to May of this year.

Both lists also confirm the dominance of Dublin in Irish tourism… with six of the 10 top paid-for attractions and a whopping nine of the top 10 free attractions all located within the capital.
– See more at: http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/irelands-top-10-tourist-attractions-revealed-30397521.html?1234567891#sthash.8fegJHEN.dpuf