The Visitor Centre

About the Centre

The Nationals Trust Visitor Centre that sits tucked into the hillside above the Causeway acting as a gateway to the World Heritage Site was designed by Heneghan Peng Architects of Dublin. The building opened by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in July 2012, replacing the temporary structures and the previous Visitor centre that was built in 1986, the same year the Causeway was officially recognised as a world heritage site, but sadly burned down in 2002.

The building of the new centre was part of an £18.5m investment in the Causeway by the National Trust with £9.25 million funding from the Department of Enterprise Trade & Investment and the Heritage Lottery Fund allocating £3 million towards the project. The National Trust provided £6.25 million.

The structure tries to illustrate the story of the Causeway and the legend of Finn McCool and Benandonner: two giants which reputedly created the Causeway during a mythical battle.

Building The Visitor Centre

Outside

The centre receives nearly a million visitors per year from over 150 countries and has won awards for its design, sensitive architecture and sustainability.

The roof of the visitor centre has been planted with local grasses, which allow the building to integrate with the surrounding area while offering trails and pathways nearby that provide improved access for families to explore the site.

The building of the new centre was part of an £18.5m investment in the Causeway by the National Trust with £9.25 million funding from the Department of Enterprise Trade & Investment and the Heritage Lottery Fund allocating £3 million towards the project. The National Trust provided £6.25 million.

The structure tries to illustrate the story of the Causeway and the legend of Finn McCool and Benandonner: two giants which reputedly created the Causeway during a mythical battle.

Inside

Visitor Centre Opening Hours


March, April, May & October  9:00am – 6:00pm

June, July, August, September 9:00am – 7:00pm

November to February 9:00am – 5:00pm

24,25,26 December 2019 Closed

* Last admission to Visitor Centre is one hour before closing.

Admission Prices

This includes access to the Causeway Visitor Centre, audio guides, orientation leaflet and parking. 

*Shuttle bus from the Visitor Centre to the Giant’s Causeway is an additional charge.

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Adult £11 £12.50
Child £5.50 £6.75
Family £27.50 £31.25
Under 5s FREE FREE
National Trust Members FREE FREE
Cliff Top Experience £35 N/A

Group Booking

If you have a large group (15+ tickets), you can receive a discounted rate by booking in advance by contacting the National Trusts Booking office

They can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 28 2073 3419

Email northcoastbookings@nationaltrust.org.uk

  • An interactive exhibition exploring the Giant’s Causeway
  • Outdoor audio guide available, providing information in nine languages. Audio guide for visually impaired visitors also available
  • Grab-and-go coffee shop
  • Local and unique gifts for sale in the shop
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Bureau de Change
  • Parking across three car parks and Park and Ride facility
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted
  • Accessible paths for pushchairs
  • Mobility parking
  • Visitor Centre is accessible
  • Accessible toilets and Changing Places facilities (key on request)
  • Grounds – partly accessible, grass, uneven, narrow, loose and hard gravel paths, steep slopes, steps, undulating terrain.
  • Some visitors may require assistance from their companion
  • Accessible trail
  • Supervise children at all times
  • The causeway stones are uneven and can be slippery
  • Keep well back from waves
  • Keep to paths
  • Keep away from cliff edges
  • Heed warnings and path closures
  • Wear sensible footwear and clothing; coastal winds mean it can be cold regardless of the season
  • Tell someone where you are going, arrange a meeting place as mobile phone reception is sometimes unreliable
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash
  • The Giant’s Causeway is a dynamic site; please be aware of falling rocks
  • There are loose rocks and stones all over the cliffs
  • Be aware of sudden and unexpected waves breaking on the rocks
  • Weather can change rapidly – strong wind and rain can occur regardless of the season