Autumn events

  • Celebrate UNESCOâ¿¿s International Year of Light at the Giantâ¿¿s Causeway © Morrison

    UNESCO International Year of Light

    Thursday 1 October; 7pm - 10pm 
    45-minute guided walking tours departing at 7.15pm, 7.45pm and 8.15pm. Visitors can also walk alone to see the illuminations.

    As the evenings begin to darken, join us at the causeway to celebrate luminosity.Visit the Giant's Causeway to see its famous features (i.e. 'Organ', Giant's Boot') bathed in light in celebration of UNESCOs International Year of Light and light-based technologies.

    Torches will be available on a first come, first served basis; you are advised to bring along your own torch where possible. We would especially invite amateur photographers to this event, and ask them to share their photos with us on social media using the hashtag ##IYL2015.

    Free event; no charge for parking, entry to Visitor Centre or walking tours. For more information call our bookings office on 028 2073 3419.

    Read more: UNESCO International Year of Light

  • Sat 3 Oct: Northern Ireland Potato Festival and Free Community Open Day © Roisin McGinn

    Northern Ireland Potato Festival

    Thursday 1, Wednesday 2 & Saturday 3 October; various times and locations 

    The third Annual Northern Ireland Potato Festival returns to its prime location on the North Antrim Coast - the Giant's Causeway and and Causeway Hotel. 

    Thursday 1 October, 7pm – 10pm (last admission to Visitor Centre 9:30pm)
    As part of the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 features of the Giant’s Causeway will be lit at night and there will be three guided tours. See above event listing for more information. 

    Friday 2 October, 11am
    Guided visit to Chipmaster, one of Northern Ireland's leading growers and producer of potatoes. Followed by evening entertainment in the Causeway Hotel, 8.30pm - 11pm. Booking essential. Booking essential. Contact 028 217 71396 for information, or /

    Saturday 3 October, 11am – 5pm
    The main event! The Northern Ireland Potato Festival will kick off at 11am and runs in conjunction with the National Trust's FREE Community Open Day.

    There will be potato growers, artisan foods, exhibitions, talks, children’s arts and crafts, celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, helicopter rides, bouncy castles, displays, food stalls and lots more. Once you've had your fill of potatoes in the Causeway Hotel, pop next door to the Visitor Centre for the free community open day. See event listing below for more information. 

    Please note, due to anticipated popularity of this event it is likely visitors will be directed to the Bushmills Park and Ride facility where they will be directed to the free shuttle bus onsite. 

  • Our Community Open Day is  free for all! © Roisin McGinn

    Free Community Open Day

    Saturday 3 October, 9 am - 6 pm (last entry to Visitor Centre at 5 pm)

    The Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre throws open its doors for its 7th Free Community Open Day event since opening in 2012. Immerse yourself in the complete Visitor Experience; eat, shop and discover the science and stories of the site through our interactive exhibits before joining a walking tour - or why not grab an audio guide and set your own pace?

    Don't forget to check out the Northern Ireland Potato Festival which will be running concurrently in the Causeway Hotel. See above event listing for more details. 

    This is a free event; due popularity it is likely you will be directed to the free Park and Ride service in Bushmills. A free shuttle bus will escort you 3km to the Giant's Causeway.

    If you require more information, call our bookings office on 028 2073 3419 - otherwise, we'll see you there!

  • Gavin Lapworth leading a guided tour for TIC staff © Alexandra Mehaffy

    Ongoing: Guided walking tours

    Take a tour of the causeway with the people who know it best... our Visitor Experience Rangers. Listen as they delight, entertain and inspire, retelling the facts, myths and legends that surround this natural phenomenon.

    Walking tours every hour on the hour during Visitor Centre opening times. 

  • Volunteer Niamh putting some local products out on display in the causeway  © Roisin McGinn

    Ongoing: Volunteering

    We're a charity and much of what we do couldn't be done without our army of volunteers. From protecting wildlife habitats to welcoming visitors or helping in our shops and tea-rooms we've lots of opportunities to get involved. 

    To volunteer at the Giant's Causeway, contact Eleanor Killough

    To volunteer across the North Coast, contact James Milliken