You can’t visit Northern Ireland without a visit to the Giants Causeway, the country’s only UNESCO world heritage site. The geological wonder is a short 1.5 hour drive away from Belfast or a 4 hour drive from Dublin so it’s the perfect spot to explore on a weekend away.
For centuries only local Kelp gatherers and Shepherds knew about the 40,000 interlocking, hexagonal shaped columns of Basalt that form the Giants Causeway. The puzzle-like rock formation is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption more than 60 million years ago, though local folklore say it was carved out by the mighty giant, Finn McCool. You can read all about the myths and legends here.
HOW TO GET TO THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY
If driving (which I recommend) follow the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route (aka Antrim Coast Road) until you reach the Giants Causeway. Parking is included when you pay the £9 entrance fee at the Visitors Centre (£1.50 cheaper if you pre-book online). Included in this fee is optional audio guides, tour guides, amenities and a shuttle bus to the causeway if you don’t feel fit enough to take the short walk down. Alternatively during peak season you can park at the Railway Car Park for £6 and walk across to the paths, which is free to access.
The Giants Causeway Visitors Centre is open from 9am-5pm (later during the summer) and the paths are accessible from dawn until dusk. The busiest time of day to visit is between 11am-3pm so if you want to avoid the crowds visit before or after these times.
There is a reason the Giants Causeway was named the UK’s best heritage attraction at the British Travel Awards in 2015, it is a truly remarkable place with a magic that has to be seen to be believed.
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