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Giant's Causeway, Bushmills
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44a Causeway Road
Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8SU
Northern Ireland
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Giants Causeway, Bushmills

 

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Giants Causeway is a great natural wonder and one of Northern Ireland's most noted landmarks. Formed by a volcanic eruption 50 - 60 million years ago, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a mass of tightly packed pillars that jut out from the sea. The Causeway Stones, as the volcanic rocks are known, are polygonal columns of quickly cooled lava called columnar basalt. Their large number, 40,000 or so, has inspired legends of sea striding giants. Their odd shapes have stirred funky names such as Chimney Stacks, Wishing Well, Giant's Boot, Camel's Hump and Lady's Fan. Their unique geology has greatly contributed to earth sciences. Their dangerous nature has grounded at least one ship. The Girona, a Spanish Armada, ran ashore here in 1588.
Getting There
 
Giants Causeway is located at 44a Causeway Road and is situated just 2 miles (3 km) east of Bushmills. The entrance is accessible from the B146 or Causeway-Dunseverik Road. UlsterBus connects Giants Causeway with several North Coast destinations including Portrush, Bushmills and Ballintoy. The Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway provides a passenger link between the two. Giants Causeway is on the Coastal Coast Cycling Route and Causeway Coast Way, two of Northern Ireland's most notable trails. The Coastal Coast Cycling Route is a 23-mile bike route on quiet roads and traffic-free cycle paths. Its endpoints are in Castlerock and Giants Causeway. The Causeway Coast Way is a 33-mile waymarked hiking trail from Portstewart to Ballycastle. The 11 mile (18 km) trek from Carrick-a-Rede to Giants Causeway is one of the most notable sections of the trail. The Ordnance Survey grid reference is C952452.
Hours & Times
 
Giants Causeway is open daily from dawn to dusk. The last entry is 30 minutes before closing. The best viewing is early morning before tour buses descend.
Admission & Fees
 
Admission is free of charge but a fee is levied to park the car, ride the minibus between the car park to Causeway, and watch a film in the visitor center.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Slippery rocks, sheer drops and crashing Atlantic waves mean guardians must be hawk-eyed at all times. The Nook, a charming stone pub located at the entrance to the car park, is a valid alternative to the Causeway's crowded tea shop.
 
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