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"Youthful vibrancy" of Dublin heralded as city named in top 10 places to visit

Praise: "Dublin has a healthy hue," Lonely Planet notes
Praise: "Dublin has a healthy hue," Lonely Planet notes

Manchester and Dublin has made it onto a list of the world's top 10 cities to visit in 2016.

The former is heralded by travel experts as a "dynamo of culture and the arts" while the Irish capital is described as a location that "pulsates with youthful vibrancy".

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel publication named Dublin as its number three city to visit next year while Manchester came eighth.

One of the reasons that Dublin features on the list for next year is the €22 million celebrations marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion.

The city was also heralded for its youthful spirit.

"Over 40% of the population is estimated to be under 30 and the place pulsates with youthful vibrancy, optimism and creativity," according to Lonely Planet.

"No longer a dirty auld town, Dublin has a healthy hue - with people embracing its inner green spaces and exploring the wild outdoor arenas along the coast and 'beyond the pale'."

The book praises Manchester for being "the UK's cultural boomtown".

It states: "This one-time engine room of the industrial revolution has found a new groove for the 21st-century as a dynamo of culture and the arts.

"And the Government agrees: it has committed £78 million to build The Factory, a new, multi-purpose arts space that will include a 2,200-seat theatre and will be the permanent home of the Manchester International Festival."

Travel experts described the Whitworth - which reopened this year following a £15 million regeneration - as one of the country's most important art galleries.

The city's football heritage, boutique shops on South King Street and the "industrial chic" of the dining room at Manchester House were also noted.

James Smart, Lonely Planet's destination editor for the UK and Ireland, said: "Manchester has been transformed in recent years, with inspirational new openings, the reinvention of existing spaces and vast investment.

"Whatever experience travellers are after - culture, sport, shopping, nightlife - they won't come away from Manchester disappointed. The city has something to offer everyone."

Kotor in Montenegro took the number one spot because it offers a "picture-perfect visage from virtually every angle".

The list was compiled by Lonely Planet's experts based on exciting recent developments, destinations that have "a lot of buzz" and what special events are taking place next year.