Ireland's best of the best
From two Michelin-star restaurants and the world's number one resort, to an Oscar-winning movie, the island of Ireland has bagged a lot of top international awards in recent times!
So, if only the very best will do, take note of these award-winning hotels, cities, visitor experiences, and more for your next Ireland adventure...
Adare Manor, County Limerick
Condé Nast Traveler named this luxurious 5-star retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way as the NUMBER ONE resort in the world in their 2022 Readers' Choice Awards. The travel bible called it "a thoroughly modern reinvention of a country escape".
Capel Street, Dublin
This buzzing spot in Dublin city centre came in 22nd on Time Out's list of the 33 coolest streets in the world. With hip bars, friendly locals, and a secret restaurant at the back of an Asian supermarket, we can see why.
Bangor, County Down
Northern Ireland has a brand new city! The colourful seaside retreat of Bangor received city status as part of the Queen's 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations. One to add to your city-break bucket list.
Donegal Airport, County Donegal
With stunning views of Carrickfin Beach and the surrounding coastline, it's no wonder Donegal Airport came out on top in Private Fly's list of top 10 scenic airports. A WOW moment on the Wild Atlantic Way, even before you land!
From showstoppers in Dublin such as Chapter One to excellent establishments in Belfast such as OX (pictured), the island of Ireland is an award-winning, fine-dining powerhouse. Now, where shall we eat?
Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan
Castle Leslie Estate in County Monaghan scooped the award for Ireland's Leading Boutique Hotel 2022 at the World Travel Awards! Nestled on 1,000 acres of beautiful Irish countryside, it's an idyllic setting for a country escape.
Royal Canal Greenway, County Westmeath
Fancy pedalling along the Cycle Route of the Year 2022? That's the title the Royal Canal Greenway has earned from the Dutch walking and cycling fair, Fiets en Wandelbeurs. The 130km route meanders from Maynooth just outside Dublin to County Longford in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. On your bike!
Lisa McGee, Derry Girls creator
The creator and writer of hit TV show Derry Girls has become the first woman to be awarded the freedom of Derry City and Strabane. Following in the footsteps of Erin and the gang is now just one more great reason to visit the Walled City.
This one will come as no surprise, but Dublin has been voted the 6th friendliest city in Europe. The award comes from Condé Nast Traveller's 2022 Readers' Choice Awards, a knowledgeable bunch if you ask us!
This lovingly made coming-of-age tale set in 1960s Belfast, written and directed by Northern Ireland's own Kenneth Branagh, won tonnes of awards, including at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. And the city itself looks amazing in black and white on the big screen.
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
The world's leading stout can now also claim the title of World's Leading Beer Tour Visitor Experience 2022, thanks to the World Travel Awards. We'll cheers to that. Take in the history of this iconic beer before enjoying a pint of "the black stuff" in the rooftop Gravity Bar. A MUST-visit on any trip to Dublin.
Irish National Stud & Gardens, County Kildare
The Irish Racehorse Experience has been awarded a THEA award for outstanding achievement by the Themed Entertainment Association. Considered the Oscars of the themed entertainment industry, it's a major coup for the Kildare attraction! The immersive and interactive experience showcases Irish horse racing using cutting-edge technology.
Dublin has been named one of the 30 most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the world by Big 7 Travel! It's a testament to the progressive strides which Ireland has made in recent years, such as passing the gay marriage referendum by a landslide in 2015. Don't miss Dublin Pride each year in June, when a festival of fun takes over the streets.
Ireland's champion golfers
Golfing superstars Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry have been at the top of the sport for some time but now Leona Maguire has joined them. The Cavan native became Ireland's first ever winner on the LPGA Tour, winning the 2022 Drive On Championship in Florida. Golfers, fancy testing yourselves on the home courses which forged these champions? Ireland awaits...
Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin
The charming seaside spot of Dún Laoghaire has been named the great town of 2022 by the Academy of Urbanism. The lead assessor stated that the town featured "lively urban spaces that people value and use". Add it to your bucket list on your next trip to Dublin!