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“Giant's Causeway”
Review of Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Bushmills
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed April 4, 2014

The weather wasn't great when we visited which meant we didn't get the best of the surrounding views but that doesn't really matter, it's the causeway stones you are here to see - and they are really worth visiting.

As National Trust members at the time we didn't have to pay for the parking or to see the causeway - the access being through the (absolutely fine) visitors centre. Otherwise I think I'd have been a bit put out to pay so much to see this glorious stretch of coastline. Hard to put a good value on it - what is a fair price for them to manage this ...?

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Reviewed April 3, 2014

I went up to the Giant's Causeway at the end of December with some friends from different countries and we rented a cottage close by. We visit the Giant's Causeway accompanied by an official guide of the visitors centre and it was amazing. The guide gives you a lot of good stories and it's not expensive but you have to be used to the Irish accent, though (luckily I was). After the official tour we also walked around the coastline next to the Giant's causeway and visited some other coastal and fisher villages in Northern Ireland and they are all worth your while. If you like nature and you want a quiet vacation, I strongly recommend visiting Northern Ireland.
PS: You can also visit Dunluce Castle but I'll write another review about it. (quick visit though, you can see it in a few hours)

1  Thank GranJoner
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

After a stop for tickets at the visitors' center, which blends into the hillside so well that you may not even see it, it's off to see the rock formations. You will have a choice to take either the guided tour or pick up an audio tour to take with you. Both were available at no extra cost when we visited. We went for the guided tour.
If it is very windy, as it was on the day we visited, I would actually recommend getting the audio tour as the wind on the guide's microphone made is quite difficult to follow what he was saying. What I did hear was quite entertaining and informative, however.
One can take a shuttle down and back to the actual Giant's Causeway but there was a charge each way, which sort of surprised me. Do the walk instead as it is not too difficult and you get to see much more of the coastline you came to see in the first place. Wear good sturdy shoes or hiking boots as there is a long uphill path ending with almost 160 steps.
Climb on the rocks if you are able and imagine this place being created as you were told during your tour. I do not know about wheelchair access.
After the tour and after doing some shopping in the gift shop and looking at the displays there, go over to the Causeway Hotel and get yourself a nice cappuccino.

2  Thank Jon P
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Spectacular natural landscape, personal audio guide is actually quite good and informative. Entry fee seemed expensive, but I am sure all of the caretaking costs a bit of money. Some of the visitor's center was interesting, much was kitschy.

If you're in the north of Ireland, you should go. It's a one-of-a-kind place and you won't forget it.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

And for several reasons - it's a geological wonder the likes of which you may not see elsewhere and the Visitors' Centre has been recently redone and has rich information on the history of Giants' Causeway - both versions - Finn MacCool and nature at work - and - if you want to really see Ireland this is a part of it. This is a place that Irish families visit - it's not just tourists - and the delight the children take in the wonder of Giant's Causeway is a wonder itself.
Leave yourself some time - walk the rocks and watch the sea beat down on them.

1  Thank saramatthews
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