Giant's Causeway, Bushmills

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#1 of 181 in Parks in Northern Ireland
Considered the country’s fourth-greatest natural wonder, World Heritage-listed Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Most of the columns are hexagonal, with the tallest rising 12 m (39 ft) into the air. Some of these rock structures, after several million years of weathering, resemble easily recognizable objects. These include the Organ, Giant’s Boot, Giant’s Eyes, and Camel’s Hump. Visit the area to see and photograph a wide variety of native seabirds, such as cormorants, redshanks, and razorbills. The weathered rocks shelter a number of rare and unusual plants, including sea spleenwort, sea fescue, and frog orchid. Stop by the visitor center for more information, souvenirs, and refreshments. A visit to Giant's Causeway represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bushmills trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We were lucky to visit on a sunny, brisk day. The walk down and back is a must do to fully appreciate the coast line. The formations are incredible! Amazing what was created by Mother Nature!  more »
  • Wow, just when you think you have seen it, you are just starting. For a natural occurrence is interesting and surreal. Symmetric shapes in nature are quite a sight. The land scape, facilities, and lig...  more »
  • Another stunning coastal attraction that I loved. However arriving in the afternoon meant that there were lots of people around. Very touristy. There are even ‘rock guards’ on duty to blow their whist...  more »
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  • The views are breathtaking. Was a must do on my visit to Northern Ireland. We did not have to pay to park in the car park next to the facility, but we were told they would check our tickets when we left (we did not buy tickets and no one checked when we left). We did not buy a ticket into the visitor center, we just walked down the path to the Causeway. It was crowded, and they are people everywhere, but amazing. There are bathrooms available by the visitors center even if you don't go inside. I recommend going an off peak time of day.
  • So first off . I was absolutely SCAMMED into thinking I needed to buy a visitor centre ticket for each person in my car to park in the car park as "they will check you ticket when you leave" absolute nonsense as we parked the car. Bought our tickets which gained us to the visitor centre, shop and Cafe and an audio guide. At no point what so ever see our tickets checked for the car park.... So after the feeling of being scammed died down we took advantage of the tickets and had a walk around the exhibition centre. It was actually very good and full of easy to follow info for the little man (6 year old). The audio guide was great, well narrated and full of decent information around the centre. . What I wasn't prepped for was the sheer amount of people. It's absolutely nothing like the postcards. There's people everywhere , it's not quiet, it's not Peaceful, it's certainly not relaxing BUT what it is is breathtaking. Such natural wonder and beauty. Amazing to see and walk on in real life . An absolute must of in northern Ireland
  • I mean... What can I say? This place is magical. Hard to believe this is natural. They offer a nice bus ride to the attraction and you can stand here taking photos for hours. Just get lost in the beauty. Be careful as you walk out to the water. The rocks get slippery. While in Northern Ireland, you need to visit.
  • Was there with my family, whole experience was really enjoyable. Our guide Keith was excellent. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Information centre was brilliant. As there was 6 of us we got the bus back from causeway. Only negative was the selection of food available in the restaurant in the centre. Otherwise great visit.
  • Beautiful breathtaking and wonderful. Definitely worth seeing. When you walk down the pathway leading to the octagon shaped rocks it looks like something magical happened here. It is so mind blowing to think how all this came together. It really is incredible.The walk back is not too hard coming up the hill, but if you need to you can catch a shuttle bus back to the top for a pound. A little bit of exercise doesn’t hurt anyone in this fresh air. Anyway that’s what I keep telling myself.
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