World Travel Awards: A win for tourism, a win for Dublin and a win for EPIC

We’re going for three in a row at the World Travel Awards and need your help.

EPIC have once again been nominated as Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards, following our wins in 2019 and 2020.

The Award, voted for by our visitors and by tourism industry media and professionals, has been a boost for our Museum’s awareness both home and abroad and allowed us shine a bigger light on Ireland’s emigrants and diaspora and their impact and achievements all around the world. It has meant that people have come to Dublin to visit Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

If you would like to support us keeping the title please click here or on the button below.

Voting closes on July 14th, 2021.

Since our last win, we have worked hard to continue deserving the title of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Despite the Museum being closed during 2020’s Lockdowns, we ran many workshops and online events for families and schoolchildren, meaning over X children engaged in entertaining and educational social and history curricular workshops.

EPIC was the only Irish winner of a prestigious Sandford Education Award celebrating and promoting high quality in heritage learning.  We also had a wonderful collaboration with The Sunday Times delivering free educational puzzle packs to families weekly.

Our well received Hidden Histories online series, researched and presented by Maurice Casey, our Historian in Residence told the stories of the Irish in the USSR, the Irish and the Black Atlantic, the Irish Traveller Communities Abroad and the Irish, Jewish and Irish-Jewish Histories. We brought a little bit of Gaeilge to travel and tourism media around the world for St Patrick’s Day with our friends at Tourism Ireland. We also highlighted our important and often untold stories of the Irish in Britain with the London Irish Centre.

On this very website, we have shared many stories of Irish emigrant successes – from the mighty Riverdance through the ever popular Ireland’s Own magazine and from the Irish-Navajo gift exchange to the Irish fashion designers becoming famous abroad.  We were also very proud to be part of the ToBeIrish.ie celebration of Irish culture and people at Christmas. 

We have also collaborated year round with other cultural and community organisations. Our partnership with the National Famine Museum at Strokestown developed with the launch of the National Famine Way.  We highlighted the extraordinary efforts of people during the Pandemic, including the Irish Pub in Northampton that became a food bank, the Birmingham Irish Association’s food appeal and the Murphy family in the UK, who throughout quarantine raised £15,000 for PPE for those working on the front line! Closer to home we helped raise funds and awareness for Inner City Helping Homeless and FoodCloud,  and our building lit up for many charitable and social causes.

We were proud too to be the location for Herstory Ireland’s beautiful partnership with the Jerusalem Center for Women to create the Parallel Peace Project.

We also supported the first major Irish English Dictionary to be published in over 60 years, welcoming Fóras na Gaeilge to our museum.


Finally, we have just launched the very first exhibition researched and dedicated to the impact and influence of the Irish LGBTQ+ Diaspora. Out in the World has been launched in Dublin and in Washington DC and will soon travel to Irish Consuls and Embassies around the World. Entry to the exhibition is free as part of Dublin Pride and we are delighted to collaborate with the Little Museum of Dublin, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI) and the National Library on a series of Pride talks around the cultural highlights in the city.

We have lots more ambition and plans for 2021 – your support in helping us keep the title of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in Dublin will be a boost to our staff, our visitors and the awareness of the impact and influence of the Irish abroad.

 If we haven’t convinced you to vote for us, please consider voting for Spike Island, the only other Irish nominee this year. Spike Island, who won the Award in 2017 is formerly the world’s largest prison and is today home to several museums, exhibitions, scenic island walks, child friendly areas, a cafe and gift shop. Their win would also be a win for tourism and a win for Ireland.

You can vote for Spike Island here.

As one of 12 finalists, EPIC have been shortlisted alongside prestigious landmarks and attractions, including:

  • Batumi Boulevard, Georgia
  • Buckingham Palace, England
  • Castle In Love with the Wind, Bulgaria
  • Cycling through the Trees, Belgium
  • Dark Sky Alqueva, Portugal and Spain
  • Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal
  • Sagrada Família, Spain
  • The Acropolis of Athens, Greece
  • The Eiffel Tower, France
  • The Roman Colosseum, Italy


About the World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards are renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry and are attended by key figures. These awards are recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with the winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The winner will be announced at the World Travel Awards European Final in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan on Wednesday 8th September 2021.