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.

Whilst the rope bridge itself remains closed due to social distancing requirements, the car park reopened on Friday 16th April, 2021 to allow visitors to enjoy this section of the Causeway Coast Way.

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.

Max Bryant, General Manager said: ‘We recognise how important it is for people to have access to fresh air, space and nature, especially during these difficult times.

'Whilst we are still unable to reopen the rope bridge itself, due to social distancing requirements, we are delighted to have reopened the car park so people can park safely and enjoy this much-loved section of the Causeway Coast Way.

‘Visitors can now park onsite using the Pay by Phone App, which is in use at a number of our sites across the Causeway Coast. We would encourage visitors to check each property’s website before visiting for details on how best to plan their visit.

‘As a conservation charity, the funds raised from the car parking charges will allow us to look after the special places in our care, supporting maintenance, improvement and nature conservation work.

‘We look forward to being able to open up more elements of the visitor experience when it is safe to do but it is great to welcome visitors back to the site and to see families enjoying this beautiful section of the Causeway Coast Way again.'

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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 5pm 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.

Please maintain 2m social distancing from staff and other visitors when you visit. This may mean you will need to slow your pace or wait to allow passing space in some areas on the site. 

From the car park, it is a 1km walk to the viewing point at the bridge. Due to social distancing requirements, the rope bridge itself is currently closed but we look forward to reopening the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.

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.