Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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David H
Bury, UK1,391 contributions
A "must see" location
Jul 2021
This was our first visit to Northern Ireland, and we booked tickets for the Giants Causeway well in advance to avoid disappointment. We arrived around half an hour before our scheduled time, the first of the day, and had to drive away as the car park did not open until the same time. Perhaps they should consider opening this earlier to allow for arrivals to park up and wander over.

There was no queue at that time, and we were straight through into the Visitor Centre and out through the one way system. We walked straight down to the Causeway as we didnt want to be in crowds, and the walk of around a mile was comfortable. We listened to the audio as we walked, but a lot of it was talking about the Giant Finn, and not really to our taste, so that was soon turned off!

The Causeway itself was amazing, stretching right out into the sea. It was a bit difficult to clamber up but well worth the effort to walk out and appreciate the history and the views from the top.

The walk back up was a bit more difficult as it was starting to warm up, and there were crowds of people walking down - it was a good decision to arrive early.

We had to rejoin the queue to get back in the Visitor Centre, even though we had previously checked in, and we spent some time looking around the exhibition and having a drink in the cafe.

This is one of the most historic attractions in the UK, and well worth a visit.
Written 23 September 2021
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,214 contributions
Rainy Giants Causeway. A must see!
Sep 2021 • Couples
On a trip from cruise docked in Belfast. It’s around 1.5 hours drive on the bus. County Antrim is beautiful and I’ll be back another time and do a tour via car.
Sadly for us, the weather wasn’t brilliant.
£13 to get in if not a national trust member.
One way system through the visitor centre (quite snippy lady on the door when we came back up).
The mini bus is NOT working due to Covid so be aware it’s a steepish walk back. Suggest walking down anyway as it’s beautiful. Audio guide good but our bus guide explained loads about it on the way.
My suggestions are take your own flask and food. Bless them, the q for the cafe was huge and by causeway standards, not a busy day mid week and rainy. Why don’t NT let a few coffee and food vendor vans onto the site. Help local business and keep customers happy. There is a hotel next to visitor centre so maybe get a coffee there. Also in Covid times, an open or roof covered trailer type transport would make it accessible to all. And Covid safe. A lift back up would have been appreciated.
Also arrive early as you can or late in the day.
Written 16 September 2021
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NDMEdinburgh
Edinburgh, UK317 contributions
Causeway a good walk, visitor centre disappointing.
Sep 2021 • Couples
The causeway is a good walk - and the views get better if you continue round to the next bay past the ‘organs’. The centre is poor - even allowing for Covid. We paid for the visitor centre and audio guide and not sure it’s really worth it - however you do get parking free! Parking is restricted in the area and is £5-10 per car but you then walk to the causeway for free and toilets remain available. Tram - separate review - worth it and has free parking at the bush mills car park ( but you do probably need a couple of hours at the causeway to do the longer walk above so be careful of Tram timings).
Written 13 September 2021
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Martha C
11 contributions
You must see them
Sep 2021
Make sure you buy your tickets by 3pm the day before or you will not get the "full experience". Long walk to get to the stones, but worth it. It is difficult to believe an eruption made them.... They are MADE, they are not natural. You must see them.
Written 11 September 2021
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MidlandsTraveller
Leicester, UK544 contributions
Ignore the brown sign entry - much cheaper parking is available
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fantastic place. We went late in the day midweek so very few people. Scenery and geology is amazing.
There is no charge to walk down to the causeway or along any of the paths - but this is not made clear. If you follow the brown signs from the road you end up in the ‘causeway experience’ car park where the charge is £13 per person. However if you ignore the brown sign turnoff to the “Giants Causeway” and go another 500 meters up the hill along the main road you come to another car park where the charge is £5 per car (free for national trust members). It is behind the boathouse.
This much cheaper alternative is not obvious as there is no signage or advice from the attendants at the ‘experience’ car park of the alternatives on offer.
If you want completely free entry - park at one of the car parks along the coast and walk an hour or two along the lovely cliff top path to get to the Causeway.
Written 9 September 2021
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Nickii S
Wakefield, UK91 contributions
Breathtaking
Aug 2021 • Family
Breathtaking. The walk is quite a difficult one if you have any mobility issues, as there is no shuttle happening at the moment, but if taken slowly its a gentle slope both ways.
Written 6 September 2021
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Penny Mc Mahon
Kill, Ireland6 contributions
Giants Causeway 5/5 experience
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great day out at one of NI’s main attractions. Lots of parking available and at an affordable price. Fantastic walk showcasing the views of the coastline.
Written 5 September 2021
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FionaBailey8864
Chertsey, UK23 contributions
Amazing must-see place!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Amazing place. Very accessible with routes for all abilities. Easy route is a tarmac path with regular benches / hard is across the cliffs and steep steps. Yes you can avoid paying the National Trust entry fee but we felt it was a price (£13) worth paying to make sure this world heritage site is maintained and protected!
Written 5 September 2021
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada381 contributions
Even on a rainy day it's worth the trip, but be prepared
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 2 September 2021
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fairbutcritical
london115 contributions
Fantastic scenic site brought to life by an excellent guide
Sep 2021 • Family
First time at the giant’s causeway & the weather was perfect. So happy we are NT members as had booked a time & when we got there, there was a sign saying “parking lot full.” Went through anyway to be greeted by a man who confirmed our timed slot & straight into the parking area. We also arrived just as a tour with Brian was beginning. He was informative & fun mixing geology with folklore. We had a much better appreciation of the sight because of his enthusiasm. Tour finishes at the causeway so we explored for awhile then took an uphill walk to join the cliff path making the whole thing a circular route. A fantastic day.
Written 1 September 2021
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