This surprising Irish attraction has just been named the best in Europe

It beat the likes of the Sagrada Familia, the Acropolis and Buckingham Palace

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
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The Guinness Storehouse
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When you think of Europe’s best tourist attraction, the likes of Stonehenge, the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower probably spring to mind. All incredibly famous, all pretty great, but one landmark has beaten them all to be named Europe’s leading tourist attraction – and it might not be where you expect. 

According to the World Travel Awards, a gala that has annually celebrated the best of travel, tourism and hospitality since 1993, The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is the leading tourist attraction in Europe. Other nominees included Buckingham Palace in London, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Acropolis of Athens.

The Guinness Storehouse won the award for the first time back in 2015, and ranks as the very best tourist attraction in Ireland overall. It’s planted right in the heart of Dublin, a city known for its abundance of history, culture and good craic. 

A lover of the Black Stuff? This place is definitely worth checking out. The Storehouse is not only where Guinness has been brewed for the last 250 years, it offers a behind-the-scenes look at the intricacies of making and pouring this world-famous pint. 

There’s a cinema room dedicated to screening vintage Guinness adverts and a recently renovated Gravity Bar which has gorgeous views of the Irish capital. So grab a pint of gat and head up to the bar on the seventh floor – you might see why this place dedicated to the history and craft of the world’s most famous stout came out on top. 

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Ireland’s glorious capital city is jam-packed full of incredible things to eat, drink and see. You can check out our top picks of things to do in Dublin here and discover the city’s many atmospheric pubs if you fancy a Guinness. And here’s our guide to the very best things to do in Ireland

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