Giant's Causeway: What you need to know

View of the Giant's Causeway
Published : 20 May 2021 Last update : 27 Nov 2021

All visitors are encouraged to book online by 3pm the day before they wish to 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 and your Visitor Experience tickets include reserved on-site parking, guided tours with our award-winning storytelling team, use of hand-held audio guides, access to the Visitor Centre's exhibition and interpretation area, the shop, cafe and all facilities.

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.

Members can visit without pre-booking but it does help us prepare for your arrival and speed up the process if you are booked in.

Members can always visit for free, but members are encouraged to also pre-book online and please remember to bring your membership card with you. Thank you for your support.

Please pre-book online at the What's On section of our website. Bookings close at 3pm for the following day.

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

At the moment, we are operating a one-way system through the Visitor Centre and the Easy Access Bus is not in operation. The Blue Trail from the Visitor Centre is a 1.2km (0.8 miles) walk to the Causeway stones and is uphill on return.

We do have wheelchairs available for loan from the Visitor Welcome desk within the Visitor Centre. Please note, the Blue Trail is the most direct route to the Causeway stones, however the trail has some steep inclines which may not be suitable for wheelchair or mobility vehicle users. The Green Trail is the only DDA compliant trail on the World Heritage Site. Please visit the trails section for full details on all our trails.

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. 

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

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

In line with government guidance, you are asked to wear a face covering in the indoor spaces. Please bring one with you. If you forget to bring one, we can provide a disposable mask, just ask a member of the team.Face coverings are not required for children under 11 years of age or for those who are medically exempt.

Causeway Coast Way Car Park

As we are able to accomodate 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.

We look forward to welcoming all visitors to this very special place.