an aerial view of Spike Island in Ireland

There's some things in life that you just don't see coming, like when Derryck died on Grey's Anatomy, Donald Trump was elected President, and being Instafamous became a reality. This is one of those times.

As it turns out, Europe's biggest attraction is not Paris's Eiffel Tower, or the UK's Buckingham Palace, or even Athens' Acropolis. Instead, it's a former prison, long abandoned on an island and almost entirely unheard of by most of the western world.

Dating back to the 17th century when the island was a monastic settlement, Ireland's Spike Island prison was actively used to house inmates during the potato famine of the 1840s until they were sent to Australia for penal servitude. Used up until 2004, the prison has since gone through an extensive €5.5 million upgrade after it was declared a historical tourist site, and is now open to the public for tours.

The title of 'biggest attraction' comes by way of the World Travel Awards held in St Petersburg, and it is the third win in a row for Ireland.