Located more than an hour north of Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist destination. It’s a large natural, staircase-shaped rock formation situated along the Atlantic.
The Irish legend is that the stair-like columns are the remains of a causeway built by Irish giant, Finn MacCool. But in reality, the 40,000 interlocking columns (the tallest reach 39 feet) are the result of cooled lava from volcanic eruptions that took place millions of years ago.
Several walking trails (including paths across the rocks) are available to explore the causeway; they range from a half-mile to 5 miles, but most of the trails are about 2 miles. There is a visitors center, open year-round, where families can explore interactive exhibits, pick up an audio guide or enjoy the cafe.
Things to Know/Bring
Wear sensible shoes (closed-toe is best) and remember the stones are uneven and slippery. Baby-changing facilities are available in the visitors center.
A cafe can be found in the visitors center.
Parking is available at the visitors center.