Giant's Causeway
Giant's Causeway
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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JRMADA
United States1,479 contributions
Aug 2022
This is an amazing place. The rock formations are out of this world. Go early in the morning (before 10AM) before the tourists and tour buses get there, so you can truly appreciate the place. Usually the tour buses from Belfast arrive around 1PM. You can walk down to the beach or take a small bus for 1 pound each way during business hours. If you drive, make sure to pre-purchase a parking permit as you are only allowed to park if you have a parking permit in hand. Check their website for details. You don’t actually have to go to the visitor’s center if you don’t want to. Just walk into the small tunnel and walk or ride the bus down to the beach. The bus stops at the top and the bottom to pick up passengers, and the cost is 1 pound payable to the bus driver in cash only. Have fun!!
Written August 27, 2022
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ErkiBear
London, UK303 contributions
Jun 2022
I read dozens of reviews about this place to determine if it was worth the drive from Belfast and concluded it was. We drove up via the coastal route from the capital and it did take about 3 hours but was worth it to get a bit of an insight into village life in Northern Ireland after a few days in the city. After reading reviews of how much of a rip-off the National Trust visitor centre is and how busy it gets, we opted to arrive about 5ish after the centre closes and arranged to park at the Smugglers Inn and walked down from there. It was about a 20 min walk along the road (no pavement but not too much traffic) to the visitors centre then through the tunnel to the left of the car park and onto the path down to the causeway. It's about another 30 mins walk downhill from there and quite quiet at that time of day. The causeway itself had about 20-30 people there taking pictures and soaking up the scenery but plenty of space for all. After the walk back uphill and up the road we were more than ready for a pint and some food at the Inn which was great. All worked out really well for us but if you want/need a shorter walk there is a hostel called Finn McCools which is much closer where you can park for £5.
Written June 20, 2022
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Sam Grimshaw
Dunfermline, UK46 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The car park was well staffed and clearly signposted. Pre booking is essential and there was a slight queue to get in but nothing outrageous. Would definitely recommend the guided tour or at least the audio tour both included with your admission. We opted for the guided tour, with Brian, who was amazing. His knowledge of both the geological and mythological nature of the causeway was second to none. Both entertaining for adults and children, you are given ear pieces before heading down, so you can hear everything. Really made the day special. The gift shop is extensive and affordable for those who want to buy souvenirs. The kitchen was running a reduced menu but the toasties were excellent, not many seats inside especially for large families. All in all, a must see in Northern Ireland. We would have liked to have to bus back up as it is quite steep and my partner who has breathing difficulties found it intense but short. But didn’t affect our experience of the day, I would say wear good foot wear.
Written August 24, 2021
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simonsjc
Larne, UK36 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
The stone formation and walks are truly worth the visit and won't disappoint.

I took visiting family us, up for the day and from the moment we arrived it seemed because we hadn't purchased all the packages on offer we were not welcome.

The car park was closed to those that hadn't pre booked the family experience package. We had 2 cars with us so was prepared to pay the £10 per car but wasn't allowed. We parked in a small field just 100 yards down the road for £5 per car.

Due to the travel the children were needing the toilet but again we needed tickets to enter the centre and use the toilets. Those not paying for the experience package were told the public toilets were in the Causeway Inn hotel but very few signs to show exactly were they were.

When we completed our walk the children wanted to buy some souvenirs but again because they didn't have the experience package were not permitted access to the gift shop. Whilst being told this I heard two elderly ladies being told they couldn't use the toilets in the centre. They didn't speak English and I felt for them as they just didn't seem to understand.

We ate our packed lunch and drank our flask of tea that we brought with and headed home via the coastal route.

It's a fantastic sight and proud to have taken my visiting family up to see it. Just a shame it was the first and last time during their trip they witnessed a feeling they weren't welcome. Even more a shame it was over money, which in today's climate it should never be!
Written August 29, 2022
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Susan M
Goult, France174 contributions
May 2022
Glorious day visiting the Giants Causeway, a phenomenal natural wonder on the Atlantic Coast in Antrim County, N. Ireland.
We pre booked our accessible tour last night on their website and choose the 2:30 slot for our session. While waiting we browsed in the National Trust Shop, visited the audio visual displays and enjoyed coffee and cake at the on site cafe.
The price for two was £26 this being May 2022. I’m writing this because a visit to this World Heritage site is set up to be accessible and I’m glad that I didn’t assume that we would need to hike down hill and back up as that daunting prospect would have put us off a visit while it turned out a highlight of our visit to Ireland.
It’s windy there: be prepared!
Written May 19, 2022
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada456 contributions
Oct 2020
We visited this attraction in May 2019 while on a 3-day tour of northern Ireland with Rabbies. Sorry for the delayed review.

Well, when we visited the causeway it was raining, at first lightly but then very, very heavily. Plus it was busy and so the shuttle buses were full and there was a long wait for the next bus both going down to the causeway and back up the hill. Which meant, we walked. I don't think I have ever got that wet from the rain despite wearing nylon pants, a rain shell and waterproof (yeh, right) boots.

That all said, I loved this attraction. The basalt columns are really impressive with some of them towering over you. The fissure of columns is quite larger and there is a trail around them with the columns rising about you. In the distance, there are walls of basalt columns that must be 10s of metres high. I just really enjoyed the geology.

And then of course there is the legend that the causeway was built by a giant so that he could fight a Scots giant. The Scots giant was bigger and so the Irish giant disguised himself as a baby to avoid the fight. When the Scots giant saw the size of the baby, he decided the father must be bigger than he was and so he headed back to Scotland and destroyed the causeway as he fled. This is the reason there is an exposed section of the causeway in the other side in Scotland (Fingal's Cave).

There is a visitor's centre, gift store and cafe at the top of the road and restrooms as well. If you go through the visitor's centre you will be charged a fee, but you can just walk through the gate without being charged as well.

Really worth a visit.
Written September 2, 2021
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4etnah
Co.cork57 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
We were staying in the causeway hotel so we got free passes to the giants causeway. It roughly costs £13.50 per person. It was about 1km walk down to the giants causeway, we took our daughter down in her buggy and once we got down there we just placed it out of the way and walked around. It’s cool and worth doing!
Written September 4, 2022
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Kam-Haider
London, UK353 contributions
Aug 2022
Before you decide to visit the Giants Causeway you will need to decide whether you want to pay to park close by the Visitor Centre. The admission cost (£32 for a family of 5, 2 adults) is a little steep but it gets you access to the visitor centre (toilets, cafe, exhibits) and an audio tour handset device where you can listen to the history of the Giants Causeway as you walk towards it. If you want to save your pennies you can park further down at a much cheaper price, I saw signs parking for £5 a few hundred yards away, and there are a few places that serve coffee also further down the road. I cannot use words to describe the beauty of the Causeway, its mother nature at its finest the views are simply breathtaking. Take care on the rocks it is slippery one of my party fell although it was steadily raining throughout our tenure. The site is manned by staff who will warn you not to venture too far onto the hexagonal rocks. The walk back is strenous, uphill and steep. If you are a natural trust member there is a free transport back to the Visitor Centre from the site otherwise you have to pay a small fee. Well worth the time spent, a must visit.
Written August 31, 2022
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fork_handles
Luton, UK1,820 contributions
Aug 2022
I had been keen to come to the Giant's Causeway for a long time, so when my wife arranged a short break in Northern Ireland, I was keen to go. Arriving on a coach tour, thankfully the parking issues mentioned in other reviews did not bother us, although it certainly appeared that the car parks were very full. There is also a Causeway Rambler bus that is operated by Ulsterbus regularly from Bushmills where there is much more free / cheap parking.

The National Trust funnel everyone arriving into the Visitors Centre, making them pay for audio guides and to look round the exhibition before walking down to the Causeway. This is not required, and the Causeway is free to access by walking through the black stone arch at the end of the main car park alongside the visitor's centre - there you can access the path down to the Causeway or pay the low cost to use the regular shuttle bus - this option is not signed when you arrive. This means you do not have to pay the NT's extortionate prices just to walk through the Visitors Centre and get an audio guide!

Once down at the Causeway, it is very surprising that visitors are just allowed to walk all over it, unlike other places such as Stonehenge etc, where visitors are kept a distance away by a fence. It is unfortunate that the overall ambiance of the Causeway and surrounding area is definitely spoilt by tourists with people climbing all over the rocks, getting in the way, making loads of noise etc. Being a tourist myself, I suppose I can't talk, but it really was so busy the place lost the real ambiance.

I was very glad to be able to go, but should I return, I will try and go very early or very late in the day, when the crowds have largely gone home. It is very clearly a moneymaking exercise for the NT at the Giant's Causeway.
Written August 25, 2022
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Unicorn72
Bristol, UK162 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Giant’s Causeway is a beautiful unique location. We busted on a very blowy day and we’re even bombarded with a hailstorm at the bottom! This did not ruin the experience as it is such a special site.

The trip for me was ruined slightly by the fact the NT are currently not running their bus. I am assuming this is due to Covid which is ludicrous when I had had to get there via a full flight with bus transfers all of which went ahead as long as you were wearing a mask. As a walking stick user, the fact the bus wasn’t running was a major blow. I couldn’t not do the walk to the stones as it was my first, and possibly only, visit to NI and Giant’s Causeway was one of the main reasons for our visit. The visit was booked several months ago so assumed as most things were opening up they would restart the bus.

National Trust you have been very disloyal to your members over the whole pandemic and you are also discriminating against those of us that have a disability. You could make it 100% compulsory for bus users to wear a mask, even those who are normally exempt, as it would be a short journey to suffer mask wearing.
Written February 23, 2022
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