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Saturday 24 August 2019

Capital's EPIC museum voted Europe's top tourist attraction

Prince Harry and Meghan are among those to visit EPIC
Prince Harry and Meghan are among those to visit EPIC

Epic The Irish Emigration Museum has been named Europe's leading tourist attraction by the travel industry.

The Dublin docklands museum beat off stiff competition from Buckingham Palace, the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower to win the World Travel Awards title.

The museum picked up its award at a glittering gala ceremony in Madeira last night.

"When we opened in 2016, we had a vision to create a local museum that could connect globally," said EPIC's founder, Neville Isdell, reacting to the news.

"It's very important we recognise the vital contributions and monumental impact Irish people have made worldwide."

The World Travel Awards are held each year on national, regional and global levels. The finals will be held in Oman in November.

Other winners at last night's ceremony included Sandymount Hotel, voted Europe's top green hotel for the third year running.

Distillery

Meanwhile, the Jameson Distillery Bow St visitor centre - which reopened in 2017 after an €11m renovation - picked up the award for Europe's best distillery tour.

The Convention Centre Dublin was named top European meetings and conference centre.

EPIC - which expects 300,000 visitors this year - opened as a €15m "fully digital museum", with interactive displays exploring the far-reaching influence of the Irish diaspora.

Visitors have included Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Ireland has form at the World Travel Awards.

The Jameson distillery tour was last year named best in the world, while Titanic Belfast was in 2016 voted the world's best tourist attraction. The Guinness Storehouse has also been a global finalist.

Spike Island was named Europe's leading tourist attraction in 2017.

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