Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

The horrible Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre

Like thousands of other people who visit Northern Ireland each year, I was very excited to see the Giant’s Causeway during my trip this past summer. I got off the bus after a beautiful (and slightly terrifying) ride along the Antrim Coast, and then walked over to the Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre.

Exterior of the Visitor's Centre, with the sign clearly indicating that you must ENTER the visitor's centre in order to see the Causeway.

Exterior of the Visitor’s Centre, with the sign clearly indicating that you must ENTER the visitor’s centre in order to see the Causeway.

I was greeted by a sign that clearly indicated I must ENTER the visitor’s centre in order to see the Causeway. I walked inside, only to be stopped at the front desk and told to pay £8.50 ($14 US). What a rip off! I asked if there was any way to see the Giant’s Causeway for free. Instead of responding to my question, I was asked if I parked my car here. I answered no. The employee responded that I was welcome to visit the Giant’s Causeway separately, but I couldn’t enter the Visitor’s Centre without paying.

So, I exited the Visitor’s Centre and wandered around outside, figuring I must have missed some other sign indicating the direct route to the Causeway to bypass the visitor’s centre. No such sign exists.

I asked a different employee how I could see the Causeway for free. Again the response was “Did you park your car here?” I answered no. (Turns out if you want to park your car, you MUST pay for entrance to the visitor’s centre.) Finally, this employee directed me to a completely unmarked route. “Walk that way and you’ll see the Causeway.”

The unmarked route to the causeway, between the building and the parking lot, partially blocked by benches. They clearly don't want you to realize there is a free way to bypass the visitor's centre.

The unmarked route to the causeway, between the building and the parking lot, partially blocked by benches. They clearly don’t want you to realize there is a free way to bypass the visitor’s centre.

This unmarked path was a swatch of grass between the visitor’s centre and the parking lot, and there were some long flat stones that looked like benches partially blocking the way. They clearly didn’t want you to realize there was a way to bypass the visitor’s centre.

Finally, I made it to the Causeway, and it was beautiful and breathtaking and everything I hoped it would be. Read about it and see my pictures here.

Upon returning the way I came, I wondered if I could go inside the Visitor’s Centre to buy souvenirs. I went inside and asked the lady at the desk if I could go inside for free if I didn’t go see the Causeway. Our exchange went as follows:

Employee: Did you park your car here?
Me: No, I took a bus. And I already saw the Causeway, I just want to buy souvenirs.
Employee: I’m sorry, you have to pay for entrance.
Me: Is there a discount if I don’t have a car?
Employee: Yes, I can sell you a ticket for £7.50.
Me: £7.50 just to walk inside a building? I want to spend money here.
Employee: £7.50 is a very reasonable price.
Me: I guess you guys don’t really want my money that badly. Goodbye.

So. This was my experience at the Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre. They can’t require people to pay, since the causeway was made by NATURE, not MAN, so instead they either trick people into paying through lack of signage, or they force people to pay through parking fees. They should be ashamed of themselves.

238 comments on “The horrible Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre

  1. Darren Smith
    June 1, 2015

    Hello as an Executive Chauffeur Services in Northern Ireland I to find this to be over the top. Even if we are taking guest to the hotel the staff try and make us pay to drop off. We do tell them in very polite manner to do one. If any one is going and want to walk to the stones without going via the Center if you got to the far end of the Hotel (Looking at the front of the hotel it will be to the left you can walk down this way)

  2. bill murray
    June 1, 2015

    I am a coach driver and we have the same problem time after time they dont have a clue how to run a visitor center or tourisim sector in northern ireland and the national trust are the worst of the lot of them

    • richard morrow
      May 31, 2016

      time to call NOLAN

  3. Michael Gibney
    June 1, 2015

    I’m from Northern Ireland and some, not all, bring us to shame because they’re that stiff necked and backward. Like robots. They really should be challenged for this sort of unwelcoming behaviour that is NOT the normal custom we are so proud of.

  4. keith j
    June 1, 2015

    I had a similar problem. I’ve lived in northern Ireland all my life and consider the stones part of my heritage. My wife had a friend visiting from overseas who wanted to visit the stones. We were three adults and two kids. We attempted to enter the car park but the employee demanded a horrendous price just to park the car. I refused and parked the roadside and walked…. Total rip off

  5. Peter
    June 1, 2015

    Now, there’s no point telling lies. Where the flat stones or benches as you call them are located,is not an unmarked route. If you walked that way you would have ended up on the roof of the visitors centre lol. On the right of said picture is the car park and if you had of looked you would have seen an entrance and a sign pointing to the causeway. No point letting the facts get in the way of a good story eh?

    • Erin Elaine
      June 2, 2015

      Well, that’s the way I walked. I don’t remember if there were stairs or a path down or something, but it’s definitely the way I walked.

      • Veronica Holmes
        June 2, 2015

        Hi Erin,I took two friends to this place two years ago and they were members of the National Trust and showed id to proove it and we still had trouble with the staff,so we asked to speak with a senior member of staff,who was a little flumixed at this id, we finally got in free,I do think they make the rules to suite themselves on the day.
        The lovely Giants Causeway is blighted by the visitors ctr.I also think people are ripped of at Titanic quarter as well especially at the cafe,and remember this ship sank!!!!

        • Andrew Petcher
          July 5, 2015

          I thought the Titanic Exhibition Centre was good value for money at £12.50 compared to £9 at the Causeway.

        • Sharon B
          August 24, 2015

          I agree. Our family visited there last August and thankfully I had done my internet research prior to arriving. I’d read about the Center and parking dilemma so was somewhat prepared as we knew that we could walk to the Causeway for free from what we had read on-line. We parked our rental car down the hill at a reasonable 5 euro price for the car and walked up the hill and directly down the paved pathway to the Causeway. We spent several hours visiting this spectacular natural phenomenon, loving every moment and wishing we had more time. I was, however, as mentioned by others, VERY disappointed with the set up of the Visitor’s Center. I can understand a fee to enter a museum or something, but to enter the cafeteria or gift store where I would clearly spend my money??? This was ridiculous and did not feel at all welcoming to their visitors! We drove a good way out of our way from Belfast when our ultimate destination was Dublin in order to visit the Causeway and the way in which the so-called Visitor Center is operated was definitely a sored spot in a otherwise wonderful stop on our vacation route.

      • Elizabeth
        June 2, 2015

        I have had the same experience but I knew how to get to the Causeway without being ripped off. And rip off is the only way to describe it. I pity the hundreds of visitors arriving by coach who have no idea how to by pass this money grabbing exercise by the National Trust. One of the reasons we gave up our membership. That and the way they deal with Gift Aid – just have a look at the prices – and I know they try to charge the Gift Aid price for visitors who are non- residents in the UK

    • Robbie
      June 2, 2015

      Ahh peter, the sign you refers to is pointing to the visitors cente, I’m there 3 times a week as a guide, there is no clearly marked route. Actually the easiest way to the stones in through the tunnel at the end of the car park. Finally this year they are not stopping people using it ‘for safety reasons’ as they have stopped people going this direction from it opened until this summer. Funny the did not stop people walking exiting that route.
      They have even covered up the Free shuttle bus service sign from Bushmills as the bus now charges.

      It is a disgusting situation to have one Ireland’s great natural wonders classed as a rip off to just about every visitor 60% of the centre is an over priced gift hop and coffee shop…. Hint…. Go to the small shop under the Causeway Hotel sign for gifts 30% less

      National Trust, you don’t own it, don’t encourage you staff to lie to visitors or at the force them to lie by omission.

      • J Dickson
        June 1, 2017

        100 % the last local shop left on the site and if they could put the shop in a cave around the corner they would T McConnaghie shop
        Beside the hotel use this also another top tip is Dalriada kingdom tours
        It’s a personal tour by the last family of local tour guides left on the causeway shop local

    • Ciaran
      June 2, 2015

      while you are correct that there is an alternative route through at the corner of the car park, which takes you under a tunnel that looks like you’re trespassing… the preferred route as i remember it is actually, as you say, to go over the roof and down a set of steps at the back.

      The whole thing is a shocking disgrace!

      One pint the author actually missed out is that (as i remember it) the seemingly unavoidable fee of £8.50 for parking your car is actually PER PERSON in the car!

    • ms-havachat
      June 2, 2015

      I must be in the minority then.

      We went to the Causeway before the visitors centre was built and had a really enjoyable visit. We walked in from the top, meandering down the hill and the Causeway itself was the last thing we saw ….. all the while we were engrossed with the scenery around us.

      We went back over Easter and pre-booked our tickets, got the audio guide and had another fantastic visit. This time, starting with the educational bit inside the information centre, and going for a stroll towards Causeway first, then onto the other incredible natural elements.

      The Centre is lovely – the educational section at the back was very informative, keeping both adults and kids entertained; the items on sale in the shop were reasonably priced for a tourist attraction and there were some great local things to purchase.

      All the staff we had contact with were professional and friendly.

      Couldn’t be happier with our visit.

      Maybe we went on a good day.

      (In between our first visit and this one, we’ve lived in Japan and the UK, and would consider ourselves well traveled so it’s not lack of experience; we really enjoyed out visit, and would most definitely recommend it to others)

      • Anne
        July 20, 2015

        I am glad you enjoyed it, though maybe money is not an issue for you…. For me to go with my family would cost £51, just to go via the visitors centre and that is before we buy anything. So once the children would each get a souvenir, perhaps costing between £5 and £10, it would probably bring the price up to £80/90. Then a drink each… So it would mean the guts of £100…. I feel that the trust are making the causeway inaccessible to so many people, pricing families out of it.

      • Molly
        June 30, 2016

        I completely agree with you. There is a reason they charge, it is to pay for upkeep on the grounds and facility and to pay the employees. I thought it was reasonably priced, I have been to places that charge you twice that to see a crap piece of art work. The gift shop had great prices for that products they had; and the people were extremely nice. Went here 2 weeks ago and the weather was lovely as well.

    • Thomas
      July 16, 2015

      Straight up the pathway past the benches and over the roof gives a great view, fro the roof of the building there is a stairway down to where the bus leaves. Personally I tell my customers to go that way and show their disgust by walking all over them.

    • Paul
      June 1, 2016

      Spot the member of staff ehhhhh

  6. Charlie Davison
    June 1, 2015

    Hi Erin – Iagree. This is what I wrote on Trip Advisor:-

    The geological wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway has been disgracefully spoilt by the National Trust. The site is ludicrously over-developed and boasts a remarkably ugly “visitor centre”, a very expensive car park, a tarmac road and shuttle bus to take people up and down the gentle slope to the rocks, and, to cap it all, squads of red-shirted attendants sporting the official brand logo to take money of you and generally dragoon the visitors along. The tourist tat in the gift shop needs to be seen to be believed. The “visitor experience” in the visitor centre is strictly for the stupid. A national treasure has been thoroughly “Disney-fied” by the very people who should have been taking good care of it. It is, basically, a very ghastly experience indeed. If you visit the site, take the red trail then the yellow trail a few hundred meters east along the cliffs. The views are delightful! The Antrim coast is stunning – in spite of the best efforts of the National Trust! I was tricked into using the main car park (£8.50). As far as I could see later, car park 3 along the road a tiny way is free. But no-one wants you to know that! Shame on you National Trust!!! Oh – I forgot to say that the toilets in the Visitor Centre are excellent. Shame about the rest of it.
    Visited June 2013

  7. Angela Conway
    June 2, 2015

    Stop ripping off visitors Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre!!!!!

  8. Aidan
    June 2, 2015

    Ha Ha I love this as a former Northern Ireland resident now (Sydney Australia) I cant help but piss myself at this one. It reminds me of a trip in the same area a few years back, nearby Balintoy. I was traveling with my wife 2 kids and mum. The kids were small like 4 and 2. Anyways we drive all the way down to Balintoy and parked. The two year old was grizzly and screaming in the back as he wanted a bo bo but we were out of milk. I went to the little cafe thinking i could purchase some, one customer sitting inside drinking his coffee…no one in the car park. I waited for about 10 mins no service, then i had the cheek to tap the little bell….a surly looking woman appeared from the back and strutted up to the counter…I explained my plight and you could hear the ear piercing screams wafting in on the cold breeze from the car. She looked at me without speaking and pointed above her head…and simply stormed off…..I searched amongst the signage and found a sign reading “No we do not fill babies bottles” “No we do not fill thermos flasks”. So here we were in a cafe with at least one employee with a whole 2 quid in the till for the days takings and she refused to sell me 200mls of milk. I would have happily paid a fiver for milk that day but with Northern Irelands tourism obviously being running this establishment and the Giants Causeway i drove all the way to Ballycastle to buy some milk.

  9. Aidan
    June 2, 2015

    We could take look at Christchurch New Zealand as an example. After their devastating earthquakes they are working on making Christchurch the most accessible city in the world for all. While they are obviously working on physical access barriers for people with mobility issues after significant research they found that in many circumstances they found the biggest barrier to be entry prices. So what did they do they removed the entry fee from the Air force museum yes its FREE and they realized that their attendance rates almost doubled. They make more money from donations from the public, and you can purchase guided tours, purchase a go in the flight simulator, purchase a child activity and of course their souvenir shop all of which is your choice to do so but you can see all of the facility for free. Go you clever KIWI’s

  10. Aidan
    June 2, 2015

    How about all of us promote the following emails to make sure they see a copy of this blog, btw it was hard to find the contact details much like the access to the Causeway.

    I for one am sending in my complaint and a link tot his blog

    • seanttraynor
      June 2, 2015

      Good idea Aidan, I will do the same. Although I have to admit, it seems the powers that be, both in The National Distrust and Regional Elected are not interested, they seem to like the dubious award presentation events too much!

  11. Gillian
    June 2, 2015

    I suspect charging to see nature may have started in the U.S.- your home country. Old Faithful Geyser, Calistoga, California. They charge for no visitors centre at all- just to walk in, sit on a bench and watch the geyser. But I paid because I understood, as I’m sure you do too, though that would not make an interesting blog post, that people were employed there to keep it neat and tidy, paint the bench I sat on from time to time and to greet visitors. And by the way, today in 2015, it costs $14, the same.

  12. ballyharry
    June 2, 2015

    As well as the Giant’s Organ and the Giant’s Boot we now have, courtesy of the National Trust, the Giant’s Rip-off!

  13. Conor
    June 2, 2015

    I’m pretty shocked at all the negative comments here.

    We have to pay for one simple reason; and that is so you can say things like ‘everything I thought it would be’ about the Giants Causeway. It costs money to keep it up to the standard of a world class tourist destination, which if you’d paid to go inside you would have realised it very much is!

    It’s miles better than what it used to be, and I’m actually gutted you didn’t pay as you’ve missed out on so much! Ok you’ve seen what you wanted to see, what you missed is the total essence of the journey; the tourists from all corners of the globe revelling in its beauty, the stunning views as you begin your walk down, the incredible walk down with all the amazing views (or the shuttle bus which they provide) or the hi-tech pods you are given to learn about the history and understand what surrounds you.

    Ok it could do with being a few pounds cheaper (couldn’t everything), but before we bash it lets appreciate how lucky we are to live in a country where we have such an incredible destination to use at our disposal.

    National Trust and NITB,
    Keep it up guys! There’s no pleasing everyone

    • Ian Turnbull
      June 5, 2016

      Don’t be rediculous Conor, the stones were there for millions of years before the National Trust existed.

  14. larryni (@larryni)
    June 2, 2015

    My mum and sister came to visit in September 2013 and I took them on a drive along the North coast. When we got to the Giant’s Causeway I pulled in to the car park, got stopped by a guy and told to pay 3 x £8.50 (or whatever the price was back then). I told him that we weren’t interested in going in to the visitor’s centre, and we only wanted to park the car here and take a walk down to the causeway. He insisted that we had to pay parking per person, not per car! I translated what he said to my mother, the three of us busted out laughing, and I told the guy what a fucking rip off this was. He just shrugged his shoulders.

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  15. simon
    June 2, 2015

    Some people need to catch themselves on. The causeway is free to go see, your own problem if you can’t use your bloody phone to find out how to access it. No one forced you to pay the whole £8.50, which by the way is pretty cheap considering the ‘breathtaking’ scenery you got to see. Go and find something worth complaining about.

  16. Clare
    June 2, 2015

    Just wondering.. Who do you all think is going to pay for the maintenance of the site? If not the visitors? It costs a lot more time and money than most of you seem to have to foresight to realise.

  17. Rachael
    June 2, 2015

    the cost of many Northern Ireland tourist attractions are £5 for the very bad ones and up to £25 for the good ones. This visitor centre is considered to be especially good, multi award winning, and cost lot to build in a bad economy so although I agree with you that it’s ridiculous to charge people in to a souvenirs shop and to mislead people into thinking they can’t get to the causeway without the visitor centre, no I don’t think it is that bad.i think you should have given it a chance before badmouthing it.

  18. Nadine
    June 2, 2015

    You shouldnt have asked too many questions. I just went and explored myself. Went under a bridge beside the visitors centre and seen the causeway and walked in to the centre, ducked under the ropes.. Used the toilet and got gifts.

  19. David
    June 2, 2015

    I would suggest an alternative to the Visitor Centre entrance and the disgracefully expensive fee. Drive to nearby Portballintrae, park (for free) in the Beach Road car park and walk approximately 2 miles track along the coast and enjoy a beautiful scenery on the way without the hoards of people. Walk down the causeway and back up to catch a bus back to Portballintrae if you don’t feel like taking the coastal path back again.

  20. eyrin
    June 2, 2015

    The Giants Causeway is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and therefore it needs protected. I live on the Northern Irish Coast and I still have to pay for entrance. You aren’t paying the entrance fee to see the Giants Causeway, you’re paying to protect and manage it and to pay for the staff who work there. Believe it or not, people of Northern Ireland need employment too. The Giants Causeway isn’t entirely natural either..Didn’t you notice the roads as you walked down to the actual site? Or the railings and fences to prevent visitors like yourself from fatally falling? I appreciate the work the National Trust have done to protect the Northern Irish landscape and without paying such entrance fees, we probably wouldn’t have a landscape worth visiting any more. The tourist centre is a recent improvement made which has been of benefit to the sustainability and economy of the site.Yes its quite expensive, but what else did you expect? Its a tourist attraction- entrance fees make it sustainable. No one is being tricked here and the ‘Giants Causeway Visitor Centre’ certainly shouldn’t be “ashamed of themselves”.

  21. maeveobrien85
    June 2, 2015

    I find this blog post to be a bit over the top. You can visit the stones for free but it costs a fee to enter the Visitor Centre. It’s hardly the great train robbery…..

    I love how everyone is going on at how the Causeway is being desecrated by the money grabbing National Trust. How do you all expect the Causeway to be maintained if a small fee isn’t charged? Less than a tenner to see a geological wonder is a pretty good deal if you ask me.

  22. seanttraynor
    June 2, 2015

    Says he, he who doesn’t identify himself with his name, if it is a he of course!.

  23. Pablo
    June 2, 2015

    Have to say, I whole heartedly agree. My first experience there was pretty much the same.

  24. endamac
    June 2, 2015

    I lived close to there for a few years. The Causeway is governed by a public right of way and by public access. As such you can walk there for free and will always be able to do that. As many have pointed out the fee charged is to help pay for the building of the new Centre and also to employ staff to help keep it free of rubbish and from being damaged. It all comes down to making a decision if you support that or not. The Ulster Museum for example is Free but you pay for other attractions like the Rope Bridge.

    I have also travelled a lot around Europe and when you compare prices the Causeway is well below the average cost for admittance. Try paying into some of the Museums in Venice

  25. Bronagh
    June 3, 2015

    I totally understand your perspective as when we went as a family it was extortionate and we did have a car. The food in the restaurant wasn’t great but I learnt my lesson and I’m now forever armed with a flask and picnic. However, the flip side to the argument is that if the National Trust had not taken over so many sites in Northern Ireland, then who would have been guardians over our natural heritage and ancient houses? I don’t think they get it right all the time and I do think they over charge but for the properties I have visited, it is a pleasure. I remember the causeway before it had the visitors centre – the little cottage with horrible toilets and naff Irish gifts for sale. The new centre has great displays and a very informative film on the history of the causeway which sets the scene for a walk to the causeway itself. And then there is the custodial aspect as well in that increased visitor numbers cause erosion, littering (because not everyone really cares about it), rock and path repair, etc. So, yes, £8.50 is a lot but conservation has a cost and without the visitors centre, which, like it or not brings tourists to a remote part of Ireland, I think the economic and conservation aspects to the causeway would be non existent. On balance, we don’t go as often as we would because it is pricey but I’m glad we have a modern architectural landmark at the entrance to an ancient, beautiful site. It is, I think, a symbol for the old and the new and is a vast improvement on what was there before.

  26. Rachel
    June 3, 2015

    Luckily I am a member of the national trust so I am able to access the building for free (which is just as well as I wouldn’t want to pay £8.50 for a pee!!).
    I must admit, we walked down to the stones and then went to the visitor centre. On entering the visitor centre the staff member got very excited that the three people entered the centre in front of me- me being the four card carrier!!! They need to get a grip and realise that this turns people away!!!!

  27. Bk
    June 3, 2015

    Go to the bottom car park at the small steam railway. They charge about £6 PER CAR. Short walk up hill and through tunnel in car park.
    If you are energetic, free car park at Bushkill end of the railway and take a pleasant walk beside the tracks. Again walk through the tunnel.
    I know it takes money to keep the place running but to charge per person in a car is a complete rip off.

  28. Jenny
    June 3, 2015

    We don’t really have that many tourist attractions, so even if it isn’t manmade of course we’ll want to charge for it! It’s not like the weather is going to get us thousands of tourists!

  29. Stephen Forsythe
    June 3, 2015

    I believe it’s better to go to the Causeway hotel or maybe even the Nook restaurant and have lunch there. Better value than paying the parking fee and entrance into the visitors centre. Have a meal and park there for free instead. Then walk down to the stones avoiding the visitors centre altogether!

  30. Gabe Bourke
    June 4, 2015

    I can remember when there were only a few fields up there and a makeshift walkway over to the Causeway. It was a time when there were hardly any hotels or guest houses in the North, never mind visitor centres…

  31. chesscyclist
    June 7, 2015

    I wonder if they still include the creationist reference to the causeway being 6000 years old. Everything about this center has been a bit if a laughing stock to be honest.
    The causeway, at about 60 million years old, is a fine sight though.

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  33. Joan Abernethy
    July 12, 2015

    We need visitors to support the upkeep of the Causeway and as it is preserved by the National Trust I think it is reasonable to pay a fee….I also think the Visitors’ Centre is very well done with lots of educational displays… Frankly I think you are unreasonable in your assessment… Would you fit into the common category of always looking something for nothing?

    • seanttraynor
      July 13, 2015

      I know it might not be the music to your ears you like to hear Ms Abernethy, but not everyone agrees with you. I firmly believe that the Giant’s Causeway under the custody of the so called National Trust is under threat. I certainly do not fit into the common category that you so eloquently describe, however I do not think the monstrosity that they deem to call The Visitor Centre is fitting to the environment or the surroundings. The charge per person for parking is discouraging visitors that would otherwise happily contribute to the up keep voluntarily with out being robbed. Sorry if I don’t agree with your opinion, but your entitled to yours, I am mine and so is the contributor that you so rudely responded too.

  34. Ann Creith Parkhill
    July 12, 2015

    I really don’t have a problem paying to see the Giants Causeway , as I hope the money goes to maintaining this beautiful landscape , HOWEVER the money they want is ridiculous ! I would rather be asked for a donation , or pay 2-3 pounds . The day I was there recently July 2015 , few people were paying or parking choosing to park a mile away and walking the free route !

  35. Brendan
    July 15, 2015

    There is actually another car park further down where the old visitor centre used to be, its small and hard to spot, but it gives u free parking and unobstructed access to the causeway as there is no one there, its also a nice walk too.

  36. micheal o,neill
    July 19, 2015

    Excellent summing up of the national trust, think its about time the prices and entrance stipulations were advertised publically then maybe they wouldn’t be fit to rip so many people off

  37. Paul Humphries
    July 21, 2015

    We are a small narrow minded, religion driven shit hole on the coolest, windiest, wettest part of Europe, take my advice, I have lived here for over 50 years, go visit another part of Europe, where it is warm, sunny and dry, the service is good and local councils and government appreciate your money!

  38. Paul
    June 1, 2016

    My wife,son and I visited the causeway on Sunday and had an issue. We did park our car but had no interest in going into the visitor centre. Had a meal at the hotel then went down to the causeway coast via the path around the back of the hotel. When we got back to the car to go home we were asked for our tickets to get out. We explained we didn’t go into the centre but went for a meal in the hotel. We were then forced to go buy a ticket from the visitor centre ( which we didn’t want to visit) to get back out of the site. They wanted to charge my family £22 for the privilege of parking in the car park (sorry field). This is an absolute joke and totally ruined the experience of visiting the causeway.

  39. Paddy Gray
    June 1, 2016

    It’s not that expensive. Also if people don’t pay how do you expect them to pay for the upkeep preservation and maintenance of the Causeway? Freeloaders like you who expect things for nothing really annoy me – lets just make everything free and have no mine for upkeep and see how long these amazing places last for.

  40. owen clarke
    June 2, 2016

    had the exact same experience there, found it way over priced for whats there

  41. John Roddy
    June 2, 2016

    Built like an underground bunker would be handy in a nuclear attack though when Trump becomes president might be glad of it.

  42. Rosemarie Sharkey
    June 2, 2016

    We visited here late last summer. We arrived quite late in the evening as we spent the day further up the coast and were shocked to be charged to walk through a building! We had to pay a separate charge for a bus to take us down to the causeway. (We thought walking down would take too long as it was getting late). The bus driver seemed to be a bit put out that we boarded at all as he was eating an orange at the time and seemed at bit huffed that we disturbed him. We paid both ways but when we were ready to come back the bus had stopped operating for the evening. We were not made aware of this when we boarded the bus. Wouldn’t be rushing back.

  43. Philip Mc Veigh
    June 2, 2016

    I went there a few weeks ago in my car, but it was a bit early – about 7.15 in the morning. An employee came out to me in the car park and said that I could drive my car on down to the Giants Causeway – the same route that the centre’s mini coaches take you – for a fixed price – and have a look around and take whatever pictures that I wanted to as long as I was back up and through the small tunnel by 8.45am. Apparently when the centre is not open to the public anyone can walk or drive down to the Causeway for NO CHARGE WHATSOEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Mark
    June 2, 2016

    A disgrace, it is a rip off, demolish the visitor centre,as it’s only a ploy to get money.its looked after itself for hundred if thousands of years. So what maintenance is needed?.. You can see leaning tower of Pisa for free. But you pay to go inside…the rocks are just on the coastline so what is the problem..park up the road and cycle or walk in…that’s what I do

  45. Dee
    June 2, 2016

    What they also dont say if u do have a car its 8.50 per person in the car if you drive into the car park here’s what you do first drop your passengers on the main road at the enterance beside the small pub then drive into the car park. goto the pay desk and get one ticket remember if u need the toilet u have to pay to get in so now you take turns using the bathroom and looking around the center one at a time after you have
    Seen the sights get your passingers to walk out to the pub at the main road goto ur car and show the one ticket you bought they check to see how many is in the car 5 adults would cost 42 pounds. You then pick up your passengers and there is nothing they can do cause it free to walk into the causeway which technically your passengers did

  46. Paul Brolly
    June 3, 2016

    Terrible you would have to pay a small fee to see a National treasure and put a few pounds into a much smaller countries economy which relies heavily on tourism. It’s not as if you have to pay a similar fee to visit Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, Oh yeah guess what, you do.

  47. Go and park your car about 1 hour or less before the Visitors Centre closes for the day.
    Visit the stones and by the time you come back to the car, the Centre will be closed and the staff will be away.
    Visitor Centre open daily.
    Last admission one hour before closing.
    1 Jan – 29 Feb, 9am – 5pm;
    1 Mar – 31 Mar, 9am – 6pm;
    1 Apr – 30 Sep, 9am – 7pm;
    1 Oct – 31 Oct, 9am – 6pm;
    1 Nov – 31 Dec, 9am – 5pm;
    Closed 24 to 26 December.
    Stones and coastal path open all year.

  48. Gilbert craig
    June 4, 2016

    I live not far from the giants causeway and find this rediculous and extortionate. Nothern ireland tourist board want visitors to come see our landmarks they pay good money to get here why should they make you touristsand locals to pay over the odd prices to vista’s great places of interest

  49. Life Going Down
    July 30, 2016

    We went a couple of weeks ago, in a car. We misinterpreted the directions of the attendant and parked in front of the hotel. We walked around the side of the hotel, and down the path to the causeway. No one said a thing yo us. We didn’t pay anything, just because we were slightly stupid.

  50. Geraldine Kehoe
    August 27, 2016

    In the US, $80 buys an annual pass that covers the driver and three other people of a vehicle for a whole year to EVERY National Park, National Recreation Area or National Monument. (Technically, since it is good until the end of the month a year from the month you buy it, you could get 13 months out of it) Seniors, 62 and over pay only $10 for a LIFETIME pass to all of the above. 4th Grade students can get a free pass, permanently disabled citizens can get a free pass, and members of our Military and their dependents can get a free pass. Once you are in the Park, parking is free, entrance to any and all shops is free, visitor centers are free, toilets are free. In the Parks that provide a shuttle in the summer for getting around, that is also free.

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