The Giant’s-Causeway

The Giant’s-Causeway is Northern Ireland’s premier tourist attraction. The site and 15 miles of footpaths along the Causeway Coastline are owned and maintained by the National Trust who work in close co-operation with Moyle District Council who manage the car park facilities. In November 1986 the Giant’s-Causeway received major recognition from The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), when it was included on the World Heritage list making it Ireland’s first World Heritage site.This area from Portnaboe to Benbane Head was also designated by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland, as a National Nature Reserve in recognition of the importance of its geology and of the plant and animal life.

One could say perhaps that the Giant’s-Causeway is now considered to be the eighth ‘Wonder of the World’ and takes its place alongside sites such as, Niagara Falls and the Great Barrier Reef.

What you should know


The Giant’s Causeway formed 60 Million years ago as a result of volcanic eruptions. The lava cooled and hardened and formed layers of basalt rock to become the Giant’s Causeway. You can see approximately 40,000 columns of basalt rock here today. For centuries the splendid sights of the Giant’s Causeway have astounded visitors from all over the world. The main Causeway is located about 800m from the car-park. It is downhill on to main area, but quite a steep upward walk on the way back. Quite challenging if you don’t walk alot. During the peak summer season, there is a bus service operating between the car-park and the main causeway area.Admission to the Giant’s-Causeway if free, but you have to pay for car-parking.
This is a great little video about the Giant’s Causeway, with a beautiful soundtrack. You can find out more about this great attraction from The Visitor Centre or Giant’s Causeway. Giant’s Causeway, Causeway Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8SU

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Map showing location of The Giant’s Causeway

If you would like driving directions to The Giant’s Causeway from anywhere in Northern Ireland, use Route Planner. You might need the postcode, BT57 8SU

Travel by Bus

The Causeway Rambler (Ulsterbus No 376) between Bushmills and Carrick-a-Rede runs in the summer; or Ulsterbus No 252 is a circular route via the Antrim Glens from Belfast. Both stop at the Causeway. For more information, visit the Translink website.

Travel by Bicycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) route 93 runs past Causeway. If you would like help to find the best way to get here on Bicycle, visit the National Cycle Network website.

Travel by Road

If you are travelling by car from Belfast follow the scenic Causeway Coastal Route A2 or if you are near Bushmills, follow the B146 for 2 miles from there. The drive time from Belfast is approx. 1.15 hours. Do you need a hire car?

Travel by Train

The nearest train station is Bangor, which is 10mls from this attraction. For more information, visit the Translink website. If you enjoyed your visit to this attraction, then why not leave us a comment about it. Similarly, if you didn’t enjoy your visit, then also let us know so we can warn other visitors.

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