Explore Northern Irelands Only World Heritage Site

The Giants Causeway

“You are standing on, or are about to visit, one of my favourite places. The jewel in the crown of the fabulous coast of Antrim. A site of World Heritage and therefore ranked alongside Mount Everest and the Giant Redwoods of California for it’s importance to humankind. Volcanic activity helped Finn Mc Cool forge this wonder of the World some 60 Million years ago. It is today the habitat of rare plants and animals. Please treat their home with the pride and the care it deserves.”

– David Bellamy


The Giants Causeway is a place where myth and science meet. Were the spectacular basalt columns formed through the rapid cooling of lava from an underwater volcano, or, as some may say created by the legendary mythical Irish Giant Finn MacCool?


For centuries countless visitors have explored the Causeway and marvelled at its unique rock formations. Situated on one of Worlds most spectacular coastlines, its unique rock formations have, for nearly sixty million years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the North Atlantic storms. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire our visitors. To stroll on the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time.

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The Visitor centre

In 2012 the new Giants Causeway Visitors centre opened, replacing the original building built in 1986 when the World Heritage Conventions addition of the Causeway to its coveted list of sites, which are of exceptional interest and universal value.

The new centre is the gateway to the famous Causeway, semi-hidden in the hillside, it offers a variety of ways to learn more about the areas myths, legends, social history, wildlife and conservation. There are large screens for shows, along with a shop and cafe that supply books, pamphlets, tourist information and various gifts from local suppliers.


44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills, Northern Ireland

BT57 8SU

Opening Hours
March, April, May & October 9am to 6pm
June, July, August & September 9am to 7pm
November to February 9am to 5pm
Closed 24, 25 & 26th December

*Last admission to Visitor Centre is one hour before closing

National Trust Contact Details

Phone: 028 2073 1855
Email: giantscauseway@nationaltrust.org.uk