Lonely Planet Places Dublin 7th In List of World’s Best Cities To Visit In 2022

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Dublin’sdown to earth and friendly” charm has earned the capital its place in the top ten best cities to visit.

The list, compiled by Lonely Planet says its renewed sense of community made the city stand out from other tourist hot spots.

With 2022 marking 100 years since the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 will encourage visitors to follow in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, with a stroll around the city to see its architectural and cultural delights.

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Dublin city is described in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 as “one of Europe’s most down-to-earth and friendly cities”. It mentions Dublin’s “Georgian squares, traditional pubs and warm people” and it goes on to say that “modern Dublin still has all the appeal of the city in Joyce’s day plus a host of compelling contemporary reasons to visit now”.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, said: “I would like to congratulate the beautiful city of Dublin on being recognised as one of the best cities to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022. This is a wonderful accolade for the city and very well deserved. It has been such a difficult period for our tourism industry and this is a timely reminder that Ireland and in particular Dublin remains a world class holiday destination. I would like to encourage all domestic and international tourists alike to visit Dublin and mark the centenary of the wonderful book “Ulysses” from one of our many literary icons James Joyce and follow in the footsteps of the uniquely Irish Leopold Bloom.”

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The inclusion of Dublin as the Number Seven City in the world in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 is wonderful news and will surely help to inspire travellers everywhere to put Dublin and Ireland on their holiday wish-list for next year. As we restart tourism from overseas, it is another well-deserved accolade which will help position us well for 2022 and create ‘stand-out’ against competitor destinations. I would like to thank Lonely Planet for the wonderful support they have shown the island of Ireland over the years.”

Top ten cities in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 are:

Auckland, New Zealand
Taipei, Taiwan
Freiburg, Germany
Atlanta, USA
Lagos, Nigeria
Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus
Dublin, Ireland
Mérida, Mexico
Florence, Italy
Gyeongju, South Korea