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Giant's Causeway is No1 Irish attraction in list of world's top tourist spots

By Ed Carty

The Giant's Causeway has emerged as the top must-see destination on the island of Ireland for tourists in a worldwide list of attractions not to be missed.

Six destinations in Ireland have been named on a global not-to-be-missed list for tourists.

Travel bible Lonely Planet has ranked a handful of destinations here and in the Republic as part of its guide to 500 places to go. They take their place alongside some of the world's most prestigious heritage sites.

None managed to scrape into the top 100 but the highest ranking was the Giant's Causeway on Co Antrim's breathtaking north coast which came in at 103.

Titanic Belfast, which has only been open for three years, also made it on to the list of must-dos at number 424. Others on the list were Bru na Boinne, the prehistoric monument and passage tombs at Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, Co Meath, at number 224, and the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare at 378.

The final two on the guide were Trinity College Dublin, home to the Book of Kells, and the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary.

Lonely Planet's travel experts drew up a list of the top-rated sites in the world in an effort to name the best 500 places to visit. There were another 32 sites in the UK, including the British Museum in London, the Lake District, Snowdonia in Wales and Edinburgh Castle.

The number one spot in the list was taken by Cambodia's Temples of Angkor which is regarded as one of the world's most important archaeological sites.

The top 20 of the Lonely Planet travel list is:

1: Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

2: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

3: Machu Picchu, Peru

4: Great Wall of China, China

5: Taj Mahal, India

6: Grand Canyon National Park, USA

7: Colosseum, Italy

8: Iguazu Falls, Brazil-Argentina

9: Alhambra, Spain

10: Aya Sofya, Turkey

11: Fez Medina, Morocco

12: Twelve Apostles, Australia

13. Petra, Jordan

14: Tikal, Guatemala

15: British Museum, England

16: Sagrada Familia, Spain

17: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

18: Santorini, Greece

19: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

20: Museum of Old & New Art, Australia

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