Giant's Causeway: What you need to know

View of the Giant's Causeway
Published : 20 May 2021 Last update : 13 May 2022

All visitors are encouraged to pre-book Visitor Experience tickets online before they wish to visit.

What to do before your visit?

Pre-booking helps us prepare for your arrival and reduces queue times for you and your party. It also helps avoid disappointment or delays if you arrive at a busy time.

Booking online takes just a few minutes.

While National Trust members can visit the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre for free, they are also encouraged to pre-book online to help us prepare for your arrival. Please remember to bring your membership card with you. 

All visitors can pre-book online on our website.

The Giant's Causeway Mobility Experience is a fully guided experience for visitors with reduced mobility, or for those that have a hidden/invisible disability and are unable to walk to the Causeway stones independently. This experience must be pre-booked in advance and is subject to availability. 

We also have a range of wheelchairs and mobility scooters available to borrow during your visit. These are available to sign out from our Visitor Services desk within the Centre. These vehicles and equipment is available on a first come, first served basis and is subject to availability. A member of our team can help advise you about what is available when you arrive.

If you know you will need assistance to visit the Causeway stones, we recommend you pre-book the Giant's Causeway Mobility Experience online.

What does your Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience ticket include?

A Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience tickets include reserved on-site parking, guided tours with our award-winning storytelling team, use of hand-held audio guide as well as access to the Visitor Centre exhibition and interpretation, shop, cafe and all facilities.

What to do on arrival at the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre?

Please have your digital confirmation ready to show a member of staff on arrival in the car park, at a safe distance from your car.

Explore the 3D map of the Giant's Causeway in the Visitor Centre
The picture shows children exploring the 3-D map of the causeway
Explore the 3D map of the Giant's Causeway in the Visitor Centre

In line with government guidance, you're advised to wear a face covering within the Visitor Centre. 

The causeway stones are located 1.2km from the Visitor Centre so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The Blue Trail is the most direct route to the causeway stones. The trail does have some steep inclines and the natural gradient of the terrain may not be suitable for visitors with reduced mobility, manual wheelchair users or older visitors. It also may not be suitable for some battery operated wheelchairs or mobility vehicles. 

The Green Trail takes you along a clifftop towards Runkerry with views of the causeway stones. On most days you can also see Scotland and the Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland too. This path has a level gradient and is accessible for wheelchair users however some help from a companion or carer may be necessary on parts of path where there are loose stones.

We do have wheelchairs available for loan from the Visitor Welcome desk within the Visitor Centre, subject to availability. 

The Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience is fully dog friendly, with dogs on leads welcome for every step of the Visitor Experience, including within the Visitor Centre and on guided tours. We have dog water bowls at the front and back doors of the Visitor Centre. 

E-car drivers: Please note that our electric vehicle charger is not currently in operation. 

Cooper, on a giant doggy day out at the Causeway, is pictured in the Visitor Centre
Cooper, a golden Labrador dog is pictured on a lead in the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre
Cooper, on a giant doggy day out at the Causeway, is pictured in the Visitor Centre

Causeway Coast Way Car Park

As we are only able to accommodate all those booked for the Visitor Experience in our main car park adjacent to the Visitor Centre, we have reopened the car park on the Causeway Road with a PayByPhone system.

The Causeway Coast Way Car Park is available for walkers and parking there is £5. The location code for the car park is: 805951. Please be aware spaces are very limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

You can walk to the stones for free by foot via the Public Right of Way. This does not include on site car parking so we ask that all visitors respect local residents and other road users by parking responsibly.

How long can I stay?

For visitors booking Visitor Experience tickets, you will be asked to book a 30 minute time slot for your arrival, please note that this is for your arrival time only, you are welcome to stay and explore as long as you like.

The Causeway Coast Way Car Park operates 24 hours a day and a member of staff is available to assist with enquiries during the Visitor Centre's opening hours. You can park as long as you wish in this car park.

Coach / group arrivals:

  • All groups arriving in coaches and mini coaches must be pre-booked with the Giant’s Causeway booking office by emailing: northcoastbookings@nationaltrust.org.uk
  • Online bookings are only for visitors that are arriving in a vehicle that can park in a standard car park space.
  • If you book tickets online and arrive in a larger vehicle you will be denied access to the car park.

For more information on planning your visit please telephone 028 2073 1855.