Galway is one of the ‘world’s top cities’


“Brilliantly bohemian” – Lonely Planet.

Galway has just been named as one of the top places to visit in the world in 2020 by the Lonely Planet.

The accolade has been given in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020, describing Galway as “arguably Ireland’s most engaging city”.

In perfect timing for Galway’s European Capital of Culture designation, visitors to Galway can expect to experience the city and county’s best year yet, with a year-long programme of extraordinary street spectacle, live and digital art as well as world-class music, theatre and dance.

Speaking after the announcement, Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin said, “It’s official – Galway is the place to be in 2020! Right across the city and county momentum is building and preparations are well underway. The Lonely Planet Best in Travel accolade is  a fantastic endorsement of this incredible place on the western edge of Ireland and at the heart of Europe. As 2020 approaches we are inviting people from right around the world to come and experience Galway in this special year.”

Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience describes Galway as ‘exuberant, vibrant and full of imagination’. “Galway in 2020 will be home to a year-long celebration and amplification of culture and creativity which travellers will love,” he says.

Galway features fourth in the list of top cities for 2020, with Salzburg, Austria named the number-one city. Washington, DC, USA comes second, with Cairo, Egypt in third place.

Top 10 Cities

  1. Salzburg, Austria
  2. Washington, DC, USA
  3. Cairo, Egypt
  4. Galway, Ireland
  5. Bonn, Germany
  6. La Paz, Bolivia
  7. Kochi, India
  8. Vancouver, Canada
  9. Dubai, UAE
  10. Denver, USA



Pictured above Galway 2020 head of tourism Bridgette Brew, Nóirín Hegarty, VP Digital Content, Lonely Planet, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland and Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin.

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