Monday 27 February 2017

National Geographic names Dublin among 10 best winter trips

Winter wanderlust

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Trinity College was lit up as part of the Luminosity light show.
Trinity College was lit up as part of the Luminosity light show.
Dublin New Year's Festival , Festival of Light. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2014
Shoppers on Grafton Street

National Geographic has listed Dublin and its New Year's Festival as one of its Top 10 winter trips for 2015/16.

"The arts, culture, and live entertainment festival includes dazzling streetscapes illuminated by 3-D light projections and an outdoor New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert," writes Amy Alipio of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Alongside the three-day festival (, she tips The Dean Hotel, the "ultraplush" Lillie's Bordello and the Kilkenny Shop for visitors.

"For theater geeks like me, Dublin's Abbey Theatre is a place of pilgrimage," adds Alipio, who also suggests tourists read Ulysses before a trip.

Dublin is one of only two European inclusions to make National Geographic's Best Winter Trips, the full listing for which is as follows:

  1. Vilnius, Lithuania
  2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  3. New Taipei City, Taiwan
  4. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, South Africa
  5. Dublin, Ireland
  6. Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
  7. Santa Barbara, California
  8. Mérida, Mexico
  9. Chiloé Island, Chile
  10. Rarotonga, Cook Islands


Dublin's New Year's Festival (NYF) was initiated by Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council and debuted as a launch for 'The Gathering’ in 2012.

"This accolade is proof that Dublin is competing with other cities when it comes to celebrations," said Noel John McLoughlin, Fáilte Ireland's Director of Marketing.

Last year's event attracted 50,000 visitors, McLoughlin added.

The programme for 2015 was announced last week, with highlights including the candlelit Procession of Light, a World Record Attempt for the Biggest Bodhrán Session and the Three Countdown Concert - headlined by The Coronas.

Lonely Planet has also named Dublin one of its Top 10 cities to visit in 2016.

Read the full National Geographic story here.

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