Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, located on the coast of the beautiful coastline of County Antrim this collection of natural basalt columns is nature’s very own architecture and most certainly a bucket list item. This natural piece of art is simply breathtaking it has been made famous by Led Zeppelin as the artwork for their album ‘Houses of the Holy’ and it even has some Gaelic legend attached to it. The legend say that this area was built by a giant to create an arena for an agreed fight between a Scottish giant and himself. Regardless of whether you choose to believe legend or science, one thing is for sure and that is that you simply have to see Giant’s Causeway to truly appreciate it. If you are heading there any time soon then here are some tips on how best to see it.
Where to Stay
As this is such a popular tourist attraction there are many hotels and guesthouses very near Giant’s Causeway but you will need to book early as you can imagine that in high season they get booked up pretty quick. If you prefer to stay a little further away from the attraction then look at places like Bushmills and Portballintraew which also have several B and B’s and guesthouses. There is a bus that runs frequently from the smaller towns around Giant’s Causeway and the attraction is easily accessible from anywhere within a 30km radius.
As you approach the coast you will see a beautiful and modern visitor centre that was opened in 2007 following an £18 million investment. The visitor centre is the first place you need to visit before you head down to the shoreline. It is in the visitor centre that you will be able to learn all about Giant’s Causeway, the history behind it, the legend attached to it and what is being done to preserve this outstanding piece of natural beauty.
What to See
It goes without saying that simply witnessing this incredible volcanic rock formation is an experience in itself but there are some notable part of it that you need to look out for. Many of the rocks and columns are formed in such a way that they resemble man-made items. Things you need to watch out for are the Giant’s Boot, Chimney Stacks, Giant’s Eyes, Shepherd’s Steps, Giant’s Harp, Camel’s Hump, Giant’s Gate and The Honeycomb. You will be given help to finding these items from the visitor centre but they are not difficult to spot.
Prices for entry are £8.50 for an adult, £4.25 for a child and £21 for a family of 4, you can save money by booking online, this will save you £1 on an adult ticket, 75p on a chid and £2.50 on a family ticket. If you decide to ‘go green’ and arrive on a bicycle or a public bus then you will be entitled to a £1.50 discount for an adult, £1 for a child and £3 for a family so make sure that if you take the bus that you keep hold of your tickets to get a discount.