Popular Dublin museum voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction

Ireland’s capital city is a popular destination for tourists travelling from far and wide.

Not only is it the perfect place to set off on an Irish road trip. Rather, it is abundant with history, heritage, and a unique culture you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

Check out the famous Guinness Storehouse or the iconic Trinity College Dublin; the historic Kilmainham Gaol or the lively Temple Bar, there is plenty to see and discover in the city.

Now, one popular Dublin museum has been voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction, making it a must-visit while in the city.

Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction – beating out stiff competition

The Dublin museum was voted Europe's leading tourist attraction.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has been voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for the third year running, beating the largest museums in the world.

The World Travel Awards, first established in 1993, recognises, rewards, and ‘celebrates excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry’, from hotels to travel agencies, attractions to airlines.

This year’s ceremony took place earlier this month. At the event, the popular Dublin museum became the first visitor attraction to be voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction three times in a row.

Beating out strong competition from the world’s most famous attractions, including the Sagrada Família in Spain, The Acropolis of Athens in Greece, the Colosseum of Rome, and more, EPIC took home the crown.

An immersive museum experience – with something for everyone

The Dublin museum was voted Europe's leading tourist attraction.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

EPIC tells the story of 10 million Irish people who emigrated abroad to start a new life.

Through the various immersive and informative exhibitions, visitors can learn all about one of the most important parts of Ireland’s global history.

Patrick Greene, CEO and Museum Director of EPIC, commented on the news that the Dublin museum was voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

The Dublin museum was voted Europe's leading tourist attraction.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

He said, “We are very proud to accept the title of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for the third year in a row.

“Being recognised by our visitors, neighbours, and stakeholders in voting for us to win this title ahead of so many iconic landmarks really is a boost in the times we are in and for Irish tourism.

“We continue to honour the diaspora abroad and recognise the vital contributions that Irish people have made worldwide. Thank you to the thousands of people who have voted for us.”

Other winners – the best in travel for 2021

Spike Island was also nominated for the award.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

The popular Popular Dublin museum was not only voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. It has also been nominated as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction for the third time running.

Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland previously won the award for World’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2016. The winners are yet to be announced for this year’s award.

Further, EPIC was not the only Irish attraction nominated in the category of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction this year. Spike Island in Cork was also considered for the award.

Greece took the crown for Europe’s Leading Destination. Meanwhile, the Algarve in Portugal was named Europe’s Leading Beach Destination.

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