Phased reopening begins at Carrick-a-Rede

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

We are delighted to have begun a phased reopening of Carrick-a-Rede, which was closed in full in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Rope Bridge remains closed at this time.

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our top priority. We have a number of structural assessments carried out on the bridge on a regular basis. Lockdown has prevented these safety checks from being carried out and there is a backlog for these works to be completed. The bridge will not reopen until all the necessary safety checks are complete.

We do recognise how important it is for people to seek fresh air, space and nature and we have reopened the carpark to allow visitors to enjoy this beautiful section of the Causeway Coast Way. We look forward to reopening more elements of the site as soon as it is safe to do so.

The car park is operating a Pay By Phone system and car parking charges are £1 for one hour, £2 for up to two hours and £4 for over four hours. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. National Trust members are able to park for free, subject to availability.

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Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, was a revolutionary social entrepreneur

The Pay By Phone system is available as an App from their website (iOS or Android both availble). Registration is free and takes approximately 30 seconds. Alternatively you can dial: 0800 546 0611 to pay over the phone.

Location code for Carrick-a-Rede: 805952.

Opening times for the car park are 10am to 5pm, seven days a week, with the last admission at 4pm.

Please note, the car park is staffed and will close at 6pm daily.

Car parking charges are: £1 for one hour; £2 for up to four hours and £4 for over four hours.

The car park is suitable for cars only; no coaches, campervans or caravans can access the car park at this time.

We are a conservation charity and with your support, we'll be able to continue to conserve the countryside and special places that we all love. If you would like to become a member of the National Trust you can park for free at Carrick-a-Rede and hundreds of other places in our care. You can find out more here.