The Giant’s Causeway Northern Ireland – History and Legend
The Visitor’s Center at the Giant’s Causeway, run by the National Trust, is impressive now, but for many years it was an embarrassment to the people of Northern Ireland. Because of petty squabbling and incompetence, there was no Visitor Center at the Giant’s Causeway between 2000 and 2012. This travesty was finally corrected in July 2012 when the current building was opened.
It is a beautiful building that has been nestled into the landscape to become part of the countryside, rather than simply sitting on top of it. It also uses many environmentally friendly features, such as the recycling of the rain water that falls on the roof.
The Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Center features an interactive exhibition. There is also an outdoor audio guide with further information. Other facilities include a coffee shop, gift shop and tourist information.
The stones and the coastal path are open from dawn until dusk all year. The Visitor Center and Shop are generally open during daylight hours, which means 9am to 5pm in the winter months and 9am up to 9pm in the summer months. Bank holidays and Sunday opening vary slightly so, whenever you are traveling, it is best to check opening times on the specific date you will be visiting.
It is important to note that you do not have to pay in to the Visitor’s Center in order to see the Giant’s Causeway. The stones themselves are free to access. This has been the case since the late 1800s when a public right of way was created in the courts. The Visitor’s Center, however, will enhance your Giant’s Causeway experience.