Carrick-a-Rede introduces new timed tickets

A bird's eye view of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Island from the East

In 2016 Carrick-a-Rede welcomed the highest number of visitors ever to this exhilarating rope bridge experience.

As we approach our traditional busy season, we have introduced some new measures to help ensure your experience to Carrick-a-Rede is the best it can be.  

As a conservation charity we are committed to preserving and protecting our special places and spaces for everyone to enjoy.  This includes protecting ongoing conservation, managing health and safety and trying to ease traffic congestion around the site.

Timed tickets were introduced at Carrick-a-Rede on Friday 7 April 2017. Visitors are able to purchase tickets from 9.30am onwards.   

All individual tickets will be sold on the day and are only valid on the day of purchase. There will be no online tickets available to purchase this season. You will be required to present your ticket at the allocated time period, before crossing the bridge.

Coach and group visits must pre-book through the North Coast Booking Office.  Click here for more information on Group and Coach Visits.

As an Area of Special Scientific Interest, we are very grateful for your support as we work to ensure that the habitat and wildlife of this special place are cared for and we hope you have an enjoyable visit.

Top Tips

  • Visit early in the morning to secure a ticket for the day you wish to visit
  • While in the area be sure to visit our North Coast ‘hidden gems’ including White Park Bay and Downhill Demesne with its stunning Mussenden Temple.
  • If you fancy a challenge you can experience more of this gorgeous coastline by taking the road less travelled on the Giant’s Causeway Clifftop Experience.

For more information contact the North Coast Booking Office on Tel: 028 2073 3335 or Email Carrick-a-Rede@nationaltrust.org.uk

Timed tickets Q&A


What is changing?

To help improve visitor experience we will be introducing Timed Tickets at Carrick-a-Rede from 7th April.

This will allow you to purchase tickets at the ticket desk from 9.30am onwards.   All individual tickets will be sold on the day and are only valid on the day of purchase. There will be no online tickets available to book in advance this season.

How do I book?

For individual bookings:

  • All individual tickets will be sold on site at Carrick-a-Rede
  • You will be allocated a specific hour and will be required to present your ticket at your allocated time period, before crossing the bridge
  • We recommend you arrive early in the morning to secure a ticket for that day but please be advised, during peak periods, we may sell out of tickets for the remainder of the day
  • Timed tickets are only valid on the day of purchase and cannot be pre-booked
  • Time slots will only be released once the previous slot is full
  • There will be no online tickets available to book in advance this season
  • If you are a National Trust member you will still be required to book a timed ticket but there will be no charge.

For group and coach bookings please visit our Group and Coach Visits page 

What if I don't come back within my allocated time slot?

You must arrive within your allocated time slot or risk being refused entry to the site. 

Why have you introduced timed tickets now?

We have introduced timed tickets to improve the visitor experience and management on site.

These changes have been made to help reduce long waiting times and traffic congestion during peak times.

Can I book my timed ticket in advance?

No, all individual tickets will be sold on site at Carrick-a-Rede and are only valid on the day of purchase.  There will be no online tickets available to book in advance this season.

All coach business must be pre-booked through the North Coast Booking Office. Click here for more details

How can we avoid long queues?

Carrick-Rede is a very popular visitor attraction along the Causeway Coastal Route and is generally busy throughout the day. Traditionally quieter times to visit are early morning or late afternoon, however at peak times such as holiday periods and throughout July and August, we advise visitors to come early in the morning to secure a ticket to cross the bridge that day.