Giant's Causeway, Bushmills

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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  • Fantastic place to visit, however it cost £10.50 per person and £2 for the bus if you wish to use it too. I spoke to someone who parked on the verge and it was free apart from being able to go into th...  more »
  • Sadly very over-run with tourists! However, the National Trust run this very well and efficiently. There is a large visitor's centre with loos, shop etc. And a small bus to run you up and down to the ...  more »
  • There are many things to say about Giants Causeway. Firstly it is overpriced (I am a NT member so it was free) for those who feel they have to pay. You DO NOT have to pay as many reviewers have alread...  more »
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  • A place of natural beauty totally unspoiled except for the humans. There is a free shuttle bus there and back if you go to the experience center. Your choice we didn't. If you don't go to the experience centre. Shuttle is a Euro each way. We walked down...it started to rain so we took the shuttle back. The walk from the car park to the Causeway is very walkable for folks who do not have mobility walking issues. A beautiful site.
  • Just an incredible place, one of the most beautiful I've seen. The basaltic columns are gorgeous, and the coastal scenes are breath-taking. Absolutely worth the drive up from Belfast or Dublin. A few practical things-they charge for parking and the visitor center, but not access to the columns themselves. In addition, there's a shuttle bus down to the primary point of the columns, but that's an extra cost from the main charge. Now, I absolutely went with the shuttle bus, because it's reeeally windy there, and on the day I went, it was cold too. That shuttle bus made it easy getting to and from the columns. The gift store sells postcards and stamps, and there's a mailbox right there too, so if you want to send mail from Northern Ireland, it's a good option.
  • A place you cannot miss if you like nature. The experience of walking on the basalt columns is so good that you cannot imagine. Be careful. Our guide recommended us the long path, through the hills of the mountain and even the scenery was fantastic the real experience is touching the basalt columns almost on the ocean. Without this approach you are missing the best.
  • Fantastic natural feature. A must see for anyone who is interested in natural wonders and geological features. The hexagonal blocks have to be seen to be believed! Worth paying to see the visitor centre if you've not been before, but probably not if you are just interested in the view/access without getting the information of how it was formed & the legends. There's a bus down to the stones from the visitor centre for those who don't want to walk (free to National Trust members). Paths down to the stones are tarmacked, but you would want sensible shoes if you're planning to scramble over the stones or return along the other trail paths.
  • Awesome place to visit when in Belfast. One advice to all, you don't really need to enter the tourist center and pay any fees, the Causeway is free to explore and I would recommend to walk around the tourist center ( via parking lot, thorough the tunnel) to bypass the tourist center. Strongly recommend to climb the steps on left as soon as you get out of tunnel to reach to cliff and take the red route to observe the best views!

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B&Bs and family inns line High Street, which dominates this quaint town. For luxury and views of the surrounding countryside, consider the Bushmills Golf Resort area. The area's attractions are centrally located or easily reached from the center, so hotel accommodations in this area are both convenient and scenic.
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