Giant's Causeway, Bushmills

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#1 of 166 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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  • This wonder of nature is awesome in all weather. Today the views were stunning in the bright sunlight and the stones looked particularly majestic. TIP: it is free to go onto the causeway although you ...  more »
  • I love, a work of incredible nature, that if care over time, when the wind gets up scary to climb rocks but it is worth
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  • We were there outside of the opening hours to us the cheeky price of £11 per person to save (shuttle bus £1/1,2 per way, who wants to run not 20 min). There is a free car park, from this, a road leads to the rocks (20-25 min), this route is well signposted. The stones are impressive, it is worthwhile in any case.
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  • I LOVED THIS PLACE. Incredible geological formations. Good visitors center. Reasonable price. If you don't feel like walking I definitely recommend taking the shuttle from the visitors center to the Causeway and back. It's a pretty long walk, especially back up the hill. Anyways, I have a geology degree and this place was on my list of things to do. It did not disappoint!
  • Amazing, magnificent place to visit! A must see for anyone interested in geology, giants or natural wonders in general. Although it's free, we joyfully paid our fee to the National Trust. Got a nice "private" guided tour in return. Mike served as a great guide who was able to share his enthusiasm for this unique site both in geological knowledge as well as fairy tales. I sure hope my secret wish there will come true.
  • Truly amazing area! I spent probably about 4-5 hours trying for photos. Conditions were about on par for Northern Ireland but made the best of it especially when the rain drove everyone away! Highly suggest the nice walk down instead of using the bus that they have. Perhaps take it back? Most definitely need to come back.
  • It is a place not to miss if in this area. As tourist attractions go it's one of the best. However be warned that the attraction is FREE. No payment is required. National Trust will use every possible way to lighten your wallet but the attraction of the stones is FREE. So if you go don't park in the official car park November through the Visitors Centre and you can walk down to the stones for free or get the shuttle bus for £1 per person and the same to get back up. Just make sure you don't get fleeced at £11.50 per head to park your car or use the visitor centre because it's a FREE attraction.
  • I've seen pictures and being interested in geotech stuff, I wanted to go. Plus it looked pretty and neat. The pictures paint a giant coast of these rocks, but really it was not quite that big. You can walk around a long way, or pay to go through the gift shop area. We came in towards the end of the day, so we paid to go through. It was a great site and I enjoyed it, but I'm glad that we did the Game of Thrones tour stops in the way. Otherwise the drive would not have been worth it to me. Although to be fair that's only because we only did a day in each spot in Ireland (we didn't have enough time to really see Ireland the way it deserves). If you can spend a couple days there, go to the Causeway and enjoy the coast.
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