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Giant's Causeway, Bushmills

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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. Use our Bushmills vacation route planner to add Giant's Causeway and other attractions to your Bushmills vacation plans.
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  • Visited here today. Arriving by car and there is ample parking. There is also a Park & Ride facility from Bushmills to the Giants Causeway & Visitors Centre, which is a ten minute journey. The Giants ...  more »
  • One of the world's underrated marvels. An amazing thing to see whether its good or bad weather. It's also free which is truly fantastic. It's worth the long drive wherever you are in Northern Ireland. 
  • We were a large group visiting Belfast but managed to hire a minibus to take us to the Giant's Causeway. Although it was maybe the wrong time of year (a cold and misty day in February), I'm so glad we...  more »
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  • You kind of have to see it if you're in the area. I hear you can get in for free, but I haven't figure out how... I believe it's only if you don't need to pay for parking. The causeway itself is really nice and interesting, though expect it to be filled with tourists sitting down or taking pictures. You can also walk along trails that are just above the causeway, or higher up on top of the cliffs for higher up views. My favourite part though, by far, was walking along the small and large rocks that dotted the coast between the visitor center and the edge of the trails. Nobody goes there, you end up walking through the causeway itself, and it's just a lot of fun, for me anyway. They have an audio tour if you buy a ticket, though I opted for just enjoying the hike instead. They have a cafeteria that serves reasonably priced food.
  • Amazing place to visit! I was blown away by the epic views and natural wonder. Gorgeous lighting at sunset and most visitors start leaving at this time, which is good if you're a photographer or just want to enjoy a more quiet visit. If you come after the visitor center closes, you don't have to pay for parking or entrance.
  • Natural phenomenon and great views along with more than just hexagonal rock formations. Open to public and wheelchair access to most areas now. New visitors centre seems popular with tourists. Car park has a monopoly unless you know someone locally or use the park and ride from bush mills- which commits you to paying for visitor centre unless you are a national trust member, so there will most likely be a cost one way or the other. People come from all over the world to see this coast line so that probably says it all.
  • Amazing place to visit. It's clearly been enjoyed by tourists for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and it's clear to see why. If you can manage it, it's worth coming down the "Blue" path, but then going back along the "Red" path as the sights are just amazing. Be warned though, the 162 steps back up to the clifftop along the Red path take some doing if you're not particularly fit!
  • Really beautiful. Order tickets for parking and the center online for cheapest non member rates. Can be visited for free but parking is very limited and recommended to get e-tickets. Dog friendly and skipping bus is best way to walk down to the famous spots. Go on low tide for best views of the basalt column's.