Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history.
Sea birds can be seen off the coast around the Causeway, with species such as fulmar, petrel and razorbill being frequently observed alongside rare and unusual plant species on the cliffs and nearby rock formations.
The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool who left behind an ancient home full of folklore. Look out for clues of his existence – including The Giant’s Boot and Wishing Chair.
Rising and blending into the landscape, with walls of glass, basalt columns and a state of the art interior designed by award winning architects Heneghan-Peng, The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre is truly innovative. The grass roof offers 360 degree views of the Causeway coastline. Explore the interactive spaces, watch Finn McCool on the big screen and unlock the secrets of this inspirational landscape.
There are four stunning trails at the Giant’s Causeway suited to every ability, from a pram friendly jaunt to a challenging coastal hike and in addition, a new accessible cliff top walk for families and people with disabilities. The area is suitable for picnics, cliff and country walks, and dogs are welcome on leads (guide dogs only within the Visitor Centre).
For visitors who do not wish to avail of the facilities on-site, alternative parking is available during peak times at the Railway car park adjacent to the Causeway (£6 per day), from which visitors can walk to the stones for free. Contact Visitor Information for more details. Alternative catering is provided at the site by the Causeway Hotel, The Nook and McConaghy's shop.
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NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Directions from Town:
2 miles from Bushmills. 11 miles from Coleraine, 13 miles from Ballycastle.
Drive time - Belfast 1 hour 25 minutes, Londonderry/Derry 1 hour 10 minutes, Dublin 3 hours 45 minutes.
Park and Ride:
Available from Bushmills village, March to October, this service operates approximately every 20 minutes.
Map and Sat Nav locations:
Visitor Centre C944439; postcode BT57 8SU
Park and Ride C94104 41034; postcode BT57 8SE
Regular services available, some of these are seasonal.
Ulsterbus Service 172; Goldline Service 221; Causeway Rambler Service 402; Open Top Causeway Coast Service 177; Antrim Coaster Service 252.
For further details visit www.translink.co.uk
Regular services from Belfast or Londonderry/Derry to Coleraine then change to bus connection - Ulsterbus Service 172.
NCN93, visit www. cycleni.com or www.sustrans.org.uk
Stones and coastal path open daily from dawn until dusk.
2014 visitor centre opening hours
January: 09:00 - 17:00
February - March: 09:00 - 18:00
April, May and June: 09:00 - 19:00
July - August: 09:00 - 21:00
September: 09:00 - 19:00
October: 09:00 - 18:00
November - December: 09:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th, 25th, 26th December
Last admission to visitor centre is one hour before advertised closing time.
During spring and summer, our busiest times are between 11:00 - 15:00, so come early or plan an evening visit.
This includes access to
• A new state of the art visitor centre featuring an illuminating exhibition showcasing the stories and the science behind the Giant's Causeway
• Innovative pocket size audio guide available in 9 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Polish
• The option of a guided walk led by an experienced member of the National Trust team (available daily at hourly intervals during off-peak times and becoming more frequent during peak season; please contact Visitor Information for exact timings)
• A new retail facility introducing new and exclusive local products
• Tourist Information (please note this service at the centre is free to access)
• Fully accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility for people with disabilities
• A grab and go style café
• Orientation leaflet and Parking
If you park within the defined area of the visitor experience, the admission charge will be applied. Staff will be on standby to check tickets.
Pedestrian access to the Giant’s Causeway is free. However, if you wish to use any of the facilities at the site, including parking but excluding the Visitor Information service, the visitor experience charge will apply.
Family: £21 (2 Adults + 3 Children under 17 years - under 5 years free)
National Trust Members Free
Groups visits (min. 15 people) can pre-book by contacting (028) 2073 3419.
Pre-purchase and save: visit www.giantscausewaytickets.com to pre-purchase your tickets and save £1 on adult admission, 75p on child admission and £2.50 on family admission.
Go green and save: if you arrive by public transport, by bicycle or on foot, you’ll save £1.50 on adult admission, £1 on child admission and £3 on family admission. Green saving applied at admissions point.
Green admission discount is also available from Park and Ride in Bushmills village (March to October). The Park & Ride service is only for those wishing to gain access into the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre.
Shuttle bus from visitor centre to the stones is run by Translink and is an extra charge, currently £1 per adult and 50p per child each way. National Trust members who present their membership cards travel for free as do Northern Ireland Senior Citizens who present a Smart Pass.