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Opening hours

The Coastline and North Antrim Coast Path is open every day from dawn until dusk.

The visitor centre is open from 9am until 7pm until the 30th of September 2019. During October it is open from 9am until 6pm and from the 1st of November until the 31st of December it is open from 9am until 5pm. There are currently no opening times listed for 2020. You can check for daily opening times here  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/place-pages/141/pages/opening-times-calendar

The last admission into the visitor centre is one hour before closing.

The visitor centre is closed from the 24th until the 26th of December.

 

How to get there

Bicycle- the national cycle networks route 93 runs along the coast of Northern Ireland past this attraction.

Walk- the Causeway Coast Way is a path along a 33 mile stretch of this coastline.

Train and bus- there are regular services to Coleraine. Then an Ulsterbus (number 172) is necessary to complete the journey. Other bus routes include numbers 221, 402, 177 and 252. Some services operate only during the summer months.

Car- the Giant’s Causeway is located on B147, the Causeway Road. It is located 2 miles from Bushmills village and 11 miles from Coleraine.

 

FAQ

If arriving by bike, is there anywhere to lock a bike to at the visitors centre?
There are lots of railings at the visitor centre to help you secure your bike.
Is there a shuttle bus to take me from the visitor centre to the attraction itself?
There is a shuttle bus, it costs £1 per person and must be paid directly to the driver. The bus takes you as close as possible to the Giant’s Causeway, but by taking the bus you may miss out on some incredible views. It is quite a steep climb back up and using the bus then might be an advantage.
Can you go onto the Giant’s Causeway without paying an entry fee?
The Giant’s Causeway is a free attraction and you only pay if you want to go into the visitor centre or for the car park. From the visitor centre you can have an audio guided tour, access to the gift shop, toilets etc. If you arrive before the visitor centre opens or after it has closed you can use the car park for free. In the evening you can stay until sunset.
How much does parking and going into the visitor centre cost?
It costs £11.50 per person for a combined ticket for parking and entry into the visitor centre, the cost is not worth it for what is on offer in the visitor centre. It is free however for National Trust members. If you are avoiding the parking charge use the hotel nearby and do not park on the grass verge. Traffic wardens operate here on most days and give out tickets with a £90 fine for illegal parking.
Is it easily accessible for people with limited mobility?
The roadway from the car park to the main area has a good smooth surface and takes about 15-20 minutes to walk or there is a shuttle bus service that operates to the edge of the Giant’s Causeway. Once you reach the stones and rocks then depending upon the level of your disability will determine whether or not you can continue from this point.

Must Know

First known by the outside world
In 1693, news of this phenomenon was announced to the outside world through a paper written at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1697 a draughtsman was sent to make drawings of this tip of the north east of Ireland. What might seem amazing now was that at the time there was lots of discussion as to how the Causeway had been formed. Whether by men using picks and shovels, by nature or by a giant. It was not until 1771 that it was announced that the causeway was formed through volcanic action.
Walks in the area-Giant’s Causeway Walk
The circular walk involves the roadway from the visitor centre a distance of half a mile to the edge of the Giant’s Causeway. An alternative route back can be taken along the cliff path after climbing the Shepherd’s Steps along a route of almost 2 miles.
From the Organ to Reostan Viewpoint
The cliff-face columns known as the Organ are spectacular and can be reached via the lower path by the Shepherd’s Steps. This path continues for another 500 metres to the viewpoint at Port Reostan. Along the route you can see the Giants Eyes. The path is narrow, but surfaced.
The Runkerry Circuit
This walking route takes you along the cliff top path in a westerly direction past the Causeway Hotel and Runkerry House. Along the route you have views of Portrush and Donegal in addition to several bays from the cliffs. You can return by the same route or by taking a clearly marked route further inland along the route of the former tram track.
What is the Giant’s Causeway?
The Giant’s Causeway is made up of about 40,000 black basalt columns that stick out of the sea on the coast of Northern Ireland at Antrim. The dramatic formations led to legends of giants striding a few miles across the sea to Scotland. It has been discovered that these formations were formed by volcanic activity during the Tertiary period, 50 or 60 million years ago. Some of the sights to look out for include the Giants Boot, the Wishing Chair and the Camel.

Places Nearby

Antrim Coast Road
This coastal road stretches from Belfast all the way to Londonderry. Approximately 80 miles of spectacular coastal scenery to rival anywhere in the world. In addition to the Giant’s Causeway there is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunlace Castle, Glenariff Forest Park and Whiterocks Beach at Portrush.
Old Bushmills Distillery
This distillery is one of only a few in Ireland that produce whiskey, most Irish distilleries today are nothing more than visitor centres with no actual whiskey being produced. You can enjoy a taste or two of the product; it is almost within walking distance of the Giant’s Causeway.
Glens of Antrim
The 9 Glens of Antrim are famed in song, poetry and myth. They stretch their way down to the sea along the length of the Antrim Coast Road and no two are alike. Full of their own charm and characteristics they are each an area of outstanding natural beauty. They are definitely worth a walk during a visit here.
Rathlin Island
Located just off the Antrim coast, Rathlin Island is home to some amazing wildlife, hundreds of seals and thousands of seabirds nesting. The cliffs are full of puffins; there is a bird sanctuary and an interpretive centre where you can learn about the islands history. The sea is popular with scuba divers as they explore the many ship wrecks in the surrounding waters.
Dunluce Castle
The medieval Dunluce Castle is dramatically perched on a headland overlooking the sea between Portballintrae and Portrush. It is a breathtaking sight sitting 100 feet above the sea. Beneath the castle is a sea cave that is accessible from both the sea and land. The main route into the castle is also dramatic, across a bridge that replaced the original rock connection that fell years ago.