Giant's Causeway
Giant's Causeway
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply amazing loved it.
    This was my highlight of my trip to Ireland, it’s stunning to see and walking around the causeway gives you goosebumps with the majestic scenery and views. From visitors centre maybe 10 minute walk down or you can catch a shuttle that goes both ways, I walked down and make up with no issues, with the quality of views walk down and take it in. You can walk around the causeway that may take about 1 hour. I was on a tour so only had limited time so only walked about half way of the inlet. This is a true natural wonder of the world to see and after traveling around Europe for 9 months would rate this in top 3 of things I did. A real must when in Northern Ireland.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Roger O
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cafe service
    The Giant's Causeway generally was well run, with amazing natural display. Came back to there Cafe for lunch. Long queues, with very slow service. Poor signage and layout for drinks and sandwiches and hot food. Waited 30 minutes in the queue for hot food, finally served, There hot food was empty. Asked way it was not restocked regularly. We sell the food so quickly. Checked their hot food display after eating (15 minutes later) disp.ay was still empty. They know how many customers come through each day. No planning at all. 1 out of 10 for service.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Lewis_England_9
    Birmingham, United Kingdom414 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the guided tour.
    A must do if you are I this part of the world. Stunning coastal scenery. A big visitors centre and cafe greet you. There are options for a free guided tour and self guided. We took the guided and despite it being a little busy we were the only ones our tour, which we would recommend you take, it was informative and entertaining and then you are free to explore on your own and return back to the visitors centre. We were in a motorhome and had no trouble parking, though we did get there early
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • PollyD
    Devon, United Kingdom372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure you book before arriving - even members of the National Trust
    We made sure that we booked beforehand even though we are National Trust members - there were so many cars turned away from the car park who had not booked beforehand so Tip Number 1 is to make sure you book. They seem to not let any cars park who have not booked beforehand (even members). What I could not understand is why they make the queue of cars wait until they reach the car park, to tell them that there is no where to park if they haven't booked - there were 2 National Trust men just standing chatting to a coach driver near the entrance to the Causeway Hotel and at no point did they appear to be doing anything but standing there having a gossip. Meanwhile the queue was getting longer and 90% of these cars were having to be turned away. Had these 2 men wanted to do anything helpful, then they could have gone up to these cars and informed them earlier. We always enjoy a visit to the Giants Causeway and give ourselves 2-3 hrs. The Visitors Centre is good and the gift shop has nice items. We did not try the cafe on this occasion.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • nickswlon
    Teddington, United Kingdom469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Coastline
    This coastline is beautiful and we did the blue walk and a bit of the red. We loved it. We paid to use the visitor’s centre which was fine but the big bonus was the on-site parking. We had hired a car from Belfast and got there early, before all the tours arrived, which proved a smart move to avoid the crowds. I would recommend this visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 July 2023
  • survived321
    London, United Kingdom110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting
    A must visit place when you’re in Northern Ireland. The visitor’s centre was well organised. You have the option of paying a £1 each way or you can walk whichever you prefer. Amazing rock formations. You can stay as long as you like.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • mack55
    Perth, United Kingdom112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Well worth a visit, we visited in the morning just before it started to get busier. From the hotel car park it was a short walk to where the visitor centre was, though we did not go in. Instead of walking down the steep hill to the causeway we took the small electric shuttle which cost less than taking a local bus at home. The journey only took a few minutes and you could spend as much time as you wished, walking over the stones or just taking in the wonder as how it was formed, from the stories of Giants going to Scotland or just how they have evolved over millennia. If you felt energetic then you could take a walk back up the hill or the longer way around.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Brenda P
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Speaks for itself
    Went at nearly 4pm on a week day, booked National Trust car park online beforehand, parked, then ate in hotel. Would have been cheaper to park at hotel at that time actually. Causeway was much quieter at this time, which really helps, especially when trying to find your footing on the stones or steps. Came back & visitor's centre and car park were closed. This place was better before the centre was built I think - the causeway speaks for itself anyway! Don't try to use the toilets at the centre unless you pay £15.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Beth K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gotta see this
    Such an interesting geological destination! Well worth an hour to see such cool volcanic rock formations. Although you can get in for free, I do recommend that you take the bus down and back for 1EU each way to save yourself quite a long walk down to the water. There are longer trails you can follow around the edge of the causeway or you can just hop and skip over the hexagonal stones to your heart's content. Be warned--slippery when wet!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Elise_NC
    Pinehurst, North Carolina2,928 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan a day up here.
    This is unbelievable. You see pictures online and think, yes, I want to stop here. You MUST plan a few hours here. If not a day. Smart move to book your tickets with the national trust. Secures parking too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,672 contributions
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Feb 2020
I went here with the family after visiting the hidden hedges. When we arrived here we realised that when it comes to parking your car you have two choices, either pay to park at the visitor centre or find your own spot somewhere and walk up. We chose to find our own place and the information below explains this. We drove down the hill a couple hundred yards to the train depot where there is ample parking but you are charged £8 per car to park here. You can use the toilets inside and get drinks and snacks as you will have to pay for your parking here. You can then walk back up to the causeway from there.

If you park at the visitor centre you are charged £12.50 per person so with 4 adults in the car you will be charged £50 just to park your car. If you want to visit the visitor centre you have to pay this as there is no alternative. We didn't go into the visitor centre so I cannot comment on what is in there, but it's small and certainly not worth this amount of money.

We walked up from parking our car and walked through a tunnel which takes you to the road leading to the causeway. There is a bus at the top but you have to pay about £1.30 each way to use this. I don't know if this is included in the cost to the visitor centre, but I don't think it is. We walked to the causeway, it's not a steep drop and it's about a half mile from the top to the bottom.

Now the causeway itself is lovely, it's much smaller than you think but there are staff there to ensure people don't fall from the ricks and there is an emergency phone just in case. You can walk down to the water's edge and for the really energetic there are walks towards the pillars in the far distance. The rocks are slippery so be careful and wear sensible shoes. After about 20 minutes we were getting ready to leave as there is nothing else really to see once you've taken your snaps. After taking some pictures we walked back towards the centre and to the car.

I have seen it now and don't need to go back, but my advice for those visiting is be careful with your wallet and don't be encouraged to park at the centre and get ripped off by the extortionate charges. Anyone visiting this from a distance would be best to get the tour included as part of a package deal. One person we met came from Belfast and went to the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, the Causeway and the Hidden Hedges all in a day for £30. That would be good value for money. But, visiting this as a single trip will be expensive if there is more than one person in the car. I know the parking by the railway station may seen expensive at £8 but it means you can get to see the causeway with a 20 minute walk. Paying the fees for the visitor centre parking is in my opinion not justifiable and just an exercise to take money from unsuspecting tourists. A family of two adults and two little children can get a family ticket from the visitor centre for £30 but unless you think the children will benefit from the experience don't bother.
Written 1 March 2020
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Hi, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are sorry to learn that you feel the National Trust are ripping off tourists visiting the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site. The National Trust, a conservation charity, is the guardian of the Giant’s Causeway and is responsible for providing enjoyable, safe and well managed access where everyone is welcome. As an independent charity we do not receive any direct Government funding, therefore the money raised from the Visitor Experience charge is not only invested back into the World Heritage Site but also helps to maintain the National Trust’s other places and spaces across Northern Ireland. The Visitor Experience charge allows us to invest in essential conservation work to maintain this special place for generations to come. It also allows us to employ local people in 75 full time positions and this figure increases significantly during peak season. We contribute over £1.5 million in wages to local people and remain committed to working closely with the community - 90% of the craft for sale in the Visitor Centre is produced locally. At the Giant's Causeway site, we welcome hundreds of thousands of paying customers to our Visitor Centre every year who avail of the Visitor Experience, but we also respect people’s right to use the public right of way which is free. To make the most of your time on site, we believe the best way to experience the Giant’s Causeway is by availing of the Visitor Experience. Included within the charge is a broad offer including access to the state of the art Visitor Centre – cafe, shop and interpretation area, use of an audio guide, which is available in 11 languages, and a guided walk of the World Heritage Site led by one of our award-winning team, as well as parking. Parking on site is limited and therefore reserved for members and guests availing of the visitor experience. However, the World Heritage site is more than the Causeway stones, it stretches for 5km with different trials available for all mobilities. You can experience the site by enjoying an award winning tour learning about how the causeway was formed left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago, not to mention the history, heritage, myth and legend of this natural wonder. We do hope your experience will not deter you from returning to visit us again in the future. Kind Regards, Lauren
Written 10 March 2020
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is an update re parking & visiting July 2020.

You must apply for a ticket to visit the Giants Causeway official carpark @ £13.50 per person. This entitles you to entrance to carpark, centre, cafe & shop.

We parked at the Bushmills-Giants Causeway train station for £8 & walked less than 10 minutes to the official carpark.

You could also park on the main road but do not park on the double yellow lines as you will get a ticket & they do enforce the rules.

The mini bus that ran up & down to the rocks is not running at the minute due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Toilets on site, left hand side before you enter the entrance tunnel.

Written 20 July 2020
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Don Wright
Vancouver, Canada1,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Giants Causeway is truly magnificent. On the advice of our guide, we chose the Red Trail that takes visitors up along the ridge overlooking the causeway, the views over the water, down to the shore, and in the other direction across the fields and villages is breathtaking. Near the end of the Red Trail we headed down narrow steps and path to the water, connecting with the Blue Trail over to the causeway. The Causeway is an utterly unique rock formation that prompted the idea a giant created a bridge to Scotland but all that remains are these stepping stones at the Irish end.

To save time and energy we paid the one pound fare for a ride back to the tour bus area - it meant we could spend more time rock hopping and enjoying the waves coming in over the rocks. Well worth a visit.

We didn’t go into the visitor centre, our guide suggested it wasn’t worth paying to go inside when the real attraction is outside and free.
Written 4 January 2020
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Ruth
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The actual Giants Causeway is stunning, BUT, the visitor center is a joke. The website had told me that it was free to walk to the rocks - but it said that it would be better to pay for the visitor center so they could better control the amount of visitors on the rocks to help control COVID. We paid £26 to go in. But we found ourselves queuing in the rain to get into this building - while everyone else was already on the rocks. The center should be made free - people would defiantly go in and purchase things from the cafe and gift shop, but AFTER they have seen the Giants Causeway.
Written 9 August 2020
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Finbarr M
Manchester, UK45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The causeway is beautiful. Rugged landscape and fresh sea air.

The parking and visitor centre - £13.50 for an adult to use the toilet or access the cafe. Absolutely mad. The shuttle they advertise isn't even included in the ticket.
Parking attendants stop the cars daring to bypass the visitors centre carpark and enter the hotel next door, and demand proof of purchase from the hotel to prove you weren't bypassing their highly expensive parking facility.

Sad to see that this wonderful natural tourist attraction seems to have been monopolised by the National Trust, especially considering the causeway itself is free to access. A tourist trap, smacks of an elaborate scam.

Written 2 March 2020
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Hi, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, we are sorry to learn that you were disappointed by your visit, we always listen to visitors’ feedback and are constantly looking at ways to improve what we do. We welcome hundreds of thousands of paying customers to our Visitor Centre every year who avail of the Visitor Experience, but we also respect people’s right to use the public right of way which is free. We believe the best way to experience the Giant’s Causeway is by availing of the Visitor Experience which is a cost of £13.50 per adult. Included within the charge is a broad offer including access to the state of the art Visitor Centre – cafe, shop and interpretation area, use of an audio guide, which is available in 11 languages, and a guided walk of the World Heritage Site led by one of our award-winning team, as well as parking. Parking on site is limited and therefore reserved for members and guests availing of the Visitor Experience. We aim to provide access for all our visitors, for mobility impaired visitors a ramp access bus down to the stones and back again is provided; the charge of £1 is implemented by the external transport company operating the service. The National Trust is an independent charity we do not receive any direct Government funding, therefore the money raised from the Visitor Experience charge is not only invested back into the World Heritage Site but also helps to maintain the National Trust’s other places and spaces across Northern Ireland. We do hope your experience will not deter you from returning to visit us again in the future. Kind Regards, Lauren
Written 10 March 2020
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Five Diamond Traveler
Pittsburgh, PA264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have visited the Giant’s Causeway twice (May 2018 and March 2020) and both times I was blown away by its beauty. Both times I visited were with tours so my admissions fee was already covered but I would highly recommend paying for admissions if you are in the area. The walk to and from the causeway itself is a bit of a journey, but if you do not feel like walking, there is a shuttle that takes guests to and from the causeway from the visitors center. The walk down to the causeway is beautiful. You get a glimpse of the coast as well as the green hills and valleys on the way down. Once you reach the causeway, there are simply no words to describe how amazing and unique this place is. If you are feeling adventurous, you can walk up and around the hexagonal columns. I would highly recommend bringing a warm jacket and wearing comfortable walking shoes to this location. During each of my visits, there was plentiful sunshine but the winds were cool and strong. Also, the columns can be slippery with the waves constantly crashing along them so if you are exploring all the causeway has to offer, just be very cautious. If you are interested, there is also a gift shop and cafe on site. Everything sold here seemed to be fairly priced for what you were purchasing. If you are planning a visit here, I would recommend spending at least an hour and a half here. A trip to Northern Ireland would not be complete without a stop here!
Written 30 April 2020
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TonyPKL
Kings Langley, UK480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a National Trust property and definitely worth a visit if you hold NT membership but unless you are an NT member is extortionately expensive to use the car park, cafe and facilities. Once through though it is a spectacular piece of the coastline with an easy walk down to the Causeway itself. There is a bus service if you need it but the walk is worth the visit.
Written 22 January 2020
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Nattyshark
Tyne and Wear, UK186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Made a bit of an error on the day and did the walk that overlooks the Causeway first when it was quiet, in hindsight I think it’s be better to go down to the Causeway first and try and avoid the crowds. It was pretty much impossible to get a picture of the actual Causeway with all of the people.
I believe free to park if you’re a member of the National Trust, we parked a little walk away at a local railway, I think was a fiver for the day. Well worth it as the price to park at the visitor centre was extortionate. Definitely worth it for the views but I’d be inclined to try and visit in a quiet season or early hours, it was the height of summer when we went so that may be why it was so busy.
Written 23 January 2020
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Caroline D
Portrush, UK67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
You need good walking shoes although there is a bus for a small charge will take you down and back up the hill to the “stones”. The Causeway is worth seeing and it’s free although the National Trust will encourage you to pay the extortionate price for the visitor’s centre which is just really a gift shop and cafe. The National Trust also own the car park but you can park in nearby Bushmills and get a bus up.
It can get very busy with tours so be prepared for crowds. Many good walks and the Finn MacCool story is a good one.
Written 11 July 2020
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Dan M
Annapolis, MD26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
From the time you park until you walk out of the Causeway, folks are there to help. There was a gentleman in the parking lot to tell us where to park, where to get passes and answer questions. The inside area certainly has things to sell but has great explanations of the area and how it was formed. Before starting the trek down to the causeway I would recommend getting the free headphones. They are useful to tell you what you are seeing along the way as well as telling stories about the Causeway. It was a bit windy and overcast that day but still a good sight to see.
Written 23 March 2020
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