Travel — Ireland
— Giant's Causeway
- Hours and Admission (Ticket Info)
- Giant's Causeway Visitor Center & Trails
- Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway, a rare and magnificent
rock formation, is made up of more than 40,000 volcanic basalt columns (each a foot or two across). The natural wonder is located on Ireland's Northern
Coast, about 75 miles northwest of Belfast, near the town of Bushmills in County
Antrim (see top right of map below). Since the 1800s, these unique rock formations and its nearby coast have been major "must-see" attractions — over half
a million tourists visit the historic site each year.
There are many stories surrounding the formation of Giant's Causeway — some believe that it was formed by volcanic eruptions nearly 60 million
years ago; others believe in the myths and legends of the fabled giant Finn McCool.
Whatever the story, there's no mistaking the beauty of these majestic and unique rock formations. Today, Giant's Causeway is a habitat for rare and unusual plants, animals and sea birds.
called the famous giant hexagonal-shaped stone columns the "Eighth Natural
Wonder of the World" — rating right up there with Mount
Everest and the Giant Redwoods of Northern California. It's no wonder that Giant's Causeway — a World Heritage Site — is one of Northern Ireland's most famous and visited landmarks.
Rock formations and eroded boulders in the area are named for their unique shapes — Wishing Chair, The Giant's Boot, Chimney Stacks, The Harp, The Giant's Organ, Ladies Fan, the Camel's Hump, and the Giant's Eye — use your imagination and name a few of you own!
Hours & Admission (Ticket Info)
The popular tourist destination is open year-round — expect crowds, especially during the peak tourist season (summer months). Buy Tickets online — tickets include admission to the Giant's Causeway Visitor Center, car parking and use of multi-lingual audio guide.
Come and see for yourself what makes these spectacular rock formations and scenic coastal cliff trails so special. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. Note: Stones can be very slippery, especially if it's raining, so take care.
Giant's Causeway Visitor Center
and Walking Trails
Get all the info you need at Giant's Causeway Visitor Center. The state-of-the-art center opened in July 2012. A natural fit into the area, the center is hidden from the coastal landscape by a grass roof. Visitors have access to audio guides in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Japanese or Mandarin. The center also features a café with free wi-fi.
In addition to four new color-coded Walking Trails, existing trails around the famous site have also been upgraded. Enjoy magnificent cliff-top vistas, incredible seascapes — and great bird-watching too!
Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Route (120-mile trail) is one of the world's most spectacular drives — take this amazing route to see Giant's Causeway.
Giant's Causewayin County Antrim