The Giants Causeway, located on the most northern point of Co. Antrim on the North coast of Ireland, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a favorite destination for Irish people and tourists alike. The Circular went to visit the Giants Causeway and is here to tell you how to visit this amazing place on a budget!

About the Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway is located in Co. Antrim. It is the most northern point of the island of Ireland and is a three hour drive from Dublin city. The Circular drove to the Giants Causeway and would recommend others do the same. There is also a Giants Causeway Coastal Route which brings you along some of the most scenic sites and views on the North Coast and is a must do if time is no issue.

The Giants Causeway is protected by the National Trust, a UK charity established in 1895 to help preserve and protect places, country houses and buildings that are of historic significance. The Giants Causeway is part of the National Trust and entrance to the Giants Causeway is free for members.

Causeway Coastal Route - Jennifer Boye (Flickr)
Causeway Coastal Route – Jennifer Boye (Flickr)

Seeing the Causeway on a Budget

Tickets for the Giants Causeway are £12.50 which includes a guided tour every hour, parking and an audio tour device. However, access to the Giants Causeway is free and open to the public. The Circular advises that you park your car in the nearest town, Bushmills, and get the park and ride shuttle bus which costs £2 for a return ticket. This will save you £10.50 and avoids the queue for parking spot.

Other places to visit on the Northern Coast

Along with the Giants Causeway the Carrik-a-rede rope bridge is a famous destination for tourists and locals and is very close to the Giants Causeway. You could also visit the famous Bushmills distillery which is over 400 years old and only a stones throw away from the Causeway.

Carrick-a-rede rope bridge - Alan Bruce (Flick)
Carrick-a-rede rope bridge – Alan Bruce (Flick)

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