ONE of the world's best read travel guides has ranked Dublin as the second most welcoming city on the planet.
The capital came second only to Glasgow for the welcome provided to its visitors according to readers of 'Rough Guides.'
The guide's description of the city urges travellers to "spend a weekend enjoying the Georgian townhouses, squares and historic churches among some of the friendliest people in the world."
The Rough Guides ranking comes just weeks after influential tourism magazine 'Conde Nast' named the city the world's fifth friendliest urban destination.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said the Irish welcome was one of the country's main attractions.
"Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points," he said.
"This accolade by the readers of Rough Guides gives Tourism Ireland another wonderful platform to continue to promote Dublin and the island of Ireland throughout the world as a 'must-see' destination."
Montreal, Liverpool and Tokyo made up the rest of the top five friendliest cities in the travel series survey.