Belfast has been rated fourth best place in Europe by TripAdvisor with top rated experiences including the Titanic museum and Troubles historical walking tours, while Dublin placed tenth.
The research also found Ireland ranking fourth in the world for travel experiences.
It came ahead of much larger (and more visited) destinations such as Australia, Mexico, the United States and Iceland, which were also in the top ten.
Costa Rica was in first place followed by New Zealand and Vietnam.
The lists recognises the top places in the world for travellers to do local tours, activities and experiences, based on the combined average destination ratings and reviews for bookable experiences on the site.
TripAdvisor spokeswoman Hayley Coleman said: “These rankings show travellers’ growing appetite and appreciation for travel experiences beyond Europe’s iconic cities.
“With places like Tromso, Belfast and Funchal all ranking amongst Europe’s top destinations for experiences, it’s clear travellers are breaking away from the big cities and thoroughly enjoying it.
“These destinations are perfect inspiration to start planning your next trip and with over 121,000 experiences available to book on TripAdvisor, you’ll never be stumped with what to do, somewhere new.”