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Published June 13th 2020
A natural wonder
At the top of your list of unique and scenic places to explore in Northern Ireland should be Giants Causeway.

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The Causeway is a geological wonder located in the North of County Antrim and forms part of a World Heritage Site.

Managed by the National Trust, members can go into the Visitors Centre and park for free. Non-members are still able to visit the Giants Causeway for free but would need to park elsewhere and walk, otherwise standard admission prices apply.

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The admission fee also includes the use of an audio guide that provides fascinating information as you walk down to the main attraction.

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For those that want more information about the formation of the rocks and surrounding landscape, along with the story that the locals have made up about its creation, you can check out the displays or watch an animated film on a large screen in the Visitors Centre.

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The ever-changing weather in Northern Ireland makes the Visitors Centre an excellent place to shelter from the elements while enjoying some local cuisine. In the café, they serve food that's good to grab and go or more substantial options, including seafood chowder and Irish stew there is a wide variety of options.

Designed to blend into the landscape, the Visitors Centre has a glass roof with 360 views of the coastline.

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Inside the Visitors Centre is a range of facilities including interactive exhibitions that are fun for everyone. There's a tourist information centre with material on other local attractions, a gift shop where 90 % of the crafts are made by locals, free wifi and a bureau de change.

Closing times change through the year in line with the seasons and varies between 4 pm in winter and 7 pm in summer, but it always opens at 9 am each day.

If you want to save some money, you can pre-purchase your tickets online .

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Taken by Scotty Goodall



Heading out of the Visitors Centre to the Giants Causeway, don't forget to pick up your audio guide and listen to some interesting information as you walk down the hill. But if you don't want to walk, there is the option of taking a minibus for a small fee or free if you are a National Trust member.

The view as you walk down is awesome, and if you are lucky on a clear day, you will be able to see Scotland across the sea.
Down at the Causeway, you can get up close and feel some of the 40000 interlocking basalt columns.

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Around the area, there are many miles of walking tracks with lots of great views you could spend all day here wandering around.
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Why? Scenic views and natural wonders
When: April, May 9:00am - 6:00pm June - September 9:00am - 7:00pm October 9:00am - 6:00pm November - March 9:00am - 4:00pm, Closed 24,25,26 December
Phone: 02820731855
Where: 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8SU
Cost: Free, Parking and visitor centre access Adult £9.00, Child £4.50, Family £22
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