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Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

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11,427 Reviews
Free admission
Daily: dawn to dusk
44a Causeway Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8SU

The Basics

While the legend surrounding Giant’s Causeway makes for an interesting story, geologists have a different explanation for the creation of the Giant's Causeway: volcanic activity. It’s said that millions of years ago, a volcanic eruption produced a lava flow that cooled quickly from both the top and sides, shaping the lava into hexagonal columns. Over time, the elements have continued to sculpt these columns into various shapes, and some are known to resemble objects. Notable formations include the Chimney Stacks, Giant's Harp, and Honeycomb, all of which are favorites of visiting photographers. Spot these formations and other stunning views framed by the windswept cliffs on your walk over the columns to the edge of the sea.

Although it’s possible to self-drive, many visitors choose to take a round-trip tour from Dublin with transportation and entrance fees to the Visitor’s Center included. Guided Causeway tours, with upgrades such as private tours or luxury coaches, often include stops at other nearby attractions such as the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Bushmills Distillery, and Dunluce Castle.

  • Wear sensible clothing and footwear, as the stones can be slippery.

  • An outdoor audio guide is available, in addition to another guide for visually impaired visitors.

  • The site includes three parking lots and a park-and-ride area.

  • Paths down to the causeway are partially accessible, as are the grounds.

  • The Visitor’s Centre features a number of interactive exhibition; admission fee required.

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Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

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Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast
$35.87 per adult
Had much fun
The tour was so enjoyable and the tour guide, Patrick, was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Highly recommended to explore around
remaa_a, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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giants causeway and game of thrones day trip
Elaine_P, Jun 2021
Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast
had a great day really enjoyed it the driver Patrick was a lovely man and was very informative and the coach was really clean and comfortable I would definitely use this company again
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Amazing experience
Lesly_G, Jun 2021
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
It was an amazing experience. Me and my mom have enjoyed the trip very much. The couch was very comfortable, Dereck our guide and driver was great also. We highly recommend this tour.
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Must do trip
Maggie_R, Jun 2021
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
Great day trip to Giants Causeway would highly recommend! Driver (Patrick) was so knowledgeable and funny and was just fantastic.
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Great day out
Niamh_C, Jun 2021
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
The scenery was amazing and we got the weather! We had a very enjoyable day out with our guide and driver Stephen!
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Fantastic Day
Margaret_T, May 2021
Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast
Had to most fun day out, there was so much fitted in on one day and the weather was fantastic. Our tour guide Patrick was one of the best tour guides I met and he really made the experience more enjoyable. Would def recommend this tour
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Brilliant
Sophie_R, May 2021
Giant's Causeway Tour From Belfast
A great way of seeing the coast without a car! Was impressed with our guide Paddy who went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a good time.
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Fun easy going informative
Meghan_L, May 2021
Giant's Causeway Premium Day Tour from Belfast (Includes Admissions)
Loved the bus driver good laugh and very informative ! The whole experience was relaxed and we saw so much
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The best tour of the vacation
russb822019, Aug 2019
Giant's Causeway, Belfast Titanic Experience And Dark Hedges Tour from Dublin
A great one. The Giant's Causeway is one of the best natural environments I've ever seen. The guys running the tour were great and the bus was clean. We stopped for food and drink that was fantastic. Belfast is a great city and the museum was awesome. Would do again.
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Great Experience
Riley_K, Jun 2021
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
Excellent value. The perfect option for anybody that wishes to see a lot of N. Ireland in a short amount of time. Patrick was an amazing guide.
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Great tour
Fiskani_K, Sep 2020
Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast
Great tour. The giants causeway was the highlight and the driver/guide was lovely. A couple of GOT filming sites on the route made it lovely especially for GOT fans
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Wow!
Sheri_S, Jun 2020
Game of Thrones™ Filming Locations and Giant's Causeway from Dublin
OMG. For all of you Game of Thrones fans, this was amazing. But, the tour guide and bus driver were awesome! Giants Causeway!!!! There is nothing like this where I live and to see this ancient formation and intense beauty, well was just taken aback at the sheer intensity of it. It was a long day yes, but wow, so so glad I went!!!! I hope that all of this becomes available for all that want to see when it is safe for the world to travel again!
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Dramatic cliffs, wind, and rain!
Sarah_K, Mar 2020
Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Day Tour from Dublin
Sandra was an excellent guide! She had some great stories to tell, had the perfect amount of different entertainments during our day of driving. I would absolutely recommend seeing the giant’s causeway. It was beautiful and breathtaking all the same. This company did an excellent job of carting us around and taking precautionary measures for sanitation. Highly recommend!

How to Get to Giant’s Causeway

The Causeway Coastal Route, a popular scenic drive between Belfast City and Londonderry, is a self-drive option through County Antrim that includes a stops at Rathlin Island, Ballintoy, and the Giant’s Causeway. The causeway is about three hours drive north of Dublin and 1.5 hours north of Belfast by car; a variety day trips are available from both departure locations.

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When to Get There

Opening times vary seasonally; check the Giant’s Causeway website for opening hours, including the Visitor’s Center opening hours. Expect wind and rain during winter.

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Irish Folklore

These rock formations get their name from an old legend stating that Irish warrior Finn McCool built the path across the sea to face his Scottish rival, Benandonner. There are several variations of the story from this point, but each one ends with Finn dressing as a baby and scaring off Benandonner, who thinks the disguised Finn is actually the child of a giant and is too afraid to face his opponent. On his way back to Scotland, Benandonner tears up the path behind him, leaving just what exists today on the Northern Irish coast and the Scottish island of Staffa, which has similar rock formations.

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