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“great place....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway
44 Causeway Road | Bushmills, Bushmills BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland
44 28 2073 1855
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Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Bushmills
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Northern Ireland's most popular tourist destination: this large stretch of staircase-shaped rocks is the result of cooled lava from volcanic eruptions that took place over 65 million years ago.
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“great place....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

terrific scenic views of the formations. although many visitors are attracked, there's plenty to see and fantastic for pictures.

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“Definitely Worth Seeing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

If you only see one thing in Northern Ireland, make sure it's the Giant's Causeway. It's breathtaking! It's such a unique geological site and definitely worth checking out.

I agree with some other reviewers about the price being pretty outrageous, especially for something that was made by nature over millions of years. We went while the visitor's centre was open so we did pay the parking fee. But apparently if you go after hours, you can check out the Causeway for free. The downside is there won't be much daylight left to do it.

Either way, it's a sight not to be missed!

Visited October 2012
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“A tour of the Giants Causeway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I visited the Giants Causeway on Monday 22nd October 2012, It was bright sunny day and the exhibit was standing there in all its glory covered in sun. I found it very informative and it is helpful that they give you a talking commentary for free.

If you are going, wear stout boots and a warm coat has it is very uneven ground around the rocks and very breezy. There are a number of walks of varying difficulty around the exhibition, but make sure you have some money with you as the bus back to the centre is very welcoming after a long walk around the causeway.

The meals within the cafe are ok.

Visited October 2012
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“Finn very Cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I remember at school the story of Finn MacCool, who built a causeway to Scotland. Who challenged a Scottish giant, Benandonner who was much much larger than Fionn, so he tried to think of a way out. His wife came up with an idea. When Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him she disguised Finn as a baby and tucked him in a cradle. When Benandonner came she told him that Finn was out but should be back soon. She showed him 'Finn's son'. When Benandonner saw the size of the baby, he fled home, ripping up the Causeway behind him, so the 'enormous Finn MacCool', would not follow him.
Well this is the place. Although very tranquil a spot for reflection and well worth checking out. Do some research beforehand and you'll enjoy it even more.

Visited October 2012
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GCausewayNT, Social Media Manager at Giant's Causeway, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
melbkiwi: Thanks for taking the time to submit your review of the Giant's Causeway! I think you will be very interested in a project on display outside the Visitor Centre at the moment... larger-than-life wicker statues illustrating the story you have told! Why not 'like' us on Facebook and view the pictures?
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“Don't pay more than necessary.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

While the beauty of the landscape is definately a site to behold, the price was outrageous. And then to discover afterward that we really didn't have to and that we could have gone down to the actual attraction for free, just added more outrage. I understand that preserving this site costs money, and paying the £8.50 to park the car would have been more than reasonable. Paying that price per adult when all that's in the visitor center is a cafe and shop is however, not at all reasonable. They could have atleast thrown in the bus ride back up for that price, but we had to pay an additional £1. ea for that.

Visited September 2012
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GCausewayNT, Visitor Services at Giant's Causeway, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Many thanks for your review, I’m sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. The visitor experience charge you mentioned includes use of a hand-held audio guide (available in 9 languages) to enhance our visitors' outdoor experience and a guided walk led by an experienced member of the National Trust team.

It also includes the large interpretation area in the Visitor Centre which gives detailed information on the history, geology, nature, social stories and myths of this wonderful place and access to the other facilities (café, retail, tourist information, secure parking and toilets).

We spent time comparing the cost of admission to other visitor centres with a view to being competitively priced. As you have stated the profit from the Visitor Experience admission fee goes directly back into the care and maintenance of the site. As you know, the National Trust is a conservation charity and without the support of the public we could not ensure these places are protected for the future.

We offer a reduced rate for visitors who have arrived using a method of 'green travel' and for those who book their ticket online. We also offer a reduced rate for those who avail of our park and ride service from Bushmills.

We have listened to visitor feedback since we've been opened and have installed 3 new signs at the entrance to the main car parks which list all options and state that walking to the stones is free if you park off-site. Staff should be advising visitors of this but understandably this does not always happen. We are currently designing a flyer (in 9 languages) which we can give out to visitors stating all options.

The shuttle bus that runs up and down to the stones is run by Ulsterbus so they dictate the charge for their service.

Thanks again for your review.
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