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Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

Causeway Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SU, United Kingdom | 028 2073 1855 | Website
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Surprisingly good access to a natural wonder

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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Wheelchair, Mobility Scooter

Overview

We didn't realise that we'd need to book a ticket with the National Trust in advance of arriving at the Giant's Causeway, but were relieved to find some helpful staff members in the car park advising of a few last minute slots available and helping us book online using our phones. After that, everything was plain sailing. There's one of those modern eco visitor centres with good loos, an exhibition, a shop and a cafe, which all had level access. From there, it's about 1km down a tarmac road to a place where you can get up close to the hexagonal columns of the Giant's Causeway itself, and my small scooter had no trouble with the journey, although it was puffing and wheezing a bit on the slope back up to the visitor centre. I was also able to enjoy the free guided tour where a local man working for the NT pointed out geological features on the road down, told us about the history of the place as a visitor attraction (now no longer crammed with souvenir stalls as it was in the past, apparently) and regaled us with Irish myths and legends. When we got down to the rocks, I was a bit sad I couldn't climb on them like everyone else, but was pleasantly surprised how close I could get on my scooter. We were also lucky that the rain mostly held off while we were outside, and we enjoyed sheltering in the visitor centre cafe when a big downpour did arrive.

Transport & Parking

4

There were several blue badge parking spaces available and the National Trust car park seemed quite big overall, but do book ahead, unlike us! Maybe NT places will ease up on the advance booking when the pandemic is over, but it's really worth checking.

Access

4.5

I was completely happy with the level access in the visitor centre, and my scooter was fine with the road down to the stone pillars. However, some visitors might have been disappointed that a shuttle bus that sometimes operates was closed due to Covid.

Toilets

5

Clean, big, modern, good rails, didn't have to wait.

Staff

5

The staff outside were particularly helpful at sorting us out when we turned up without a booking, but everyone else we met was good too, and I was grateful to the chap who was doing the Covid checks at the entrance for recognising me as someone he'd checked earlier and letting me in again swiftly when it started to rain.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

Obviously the regulations on Covid precautions are constantly under review, so I can't vouch for what others will see when they visit in future, but when we visited, the National Trust was controlling visitor numbers by using booking slots. Everyone was required to use sanitiser on entering the visitor centre and everyone wore masks inside.

Photos

National Trust guide telling local stories on the road down to the rocks of the Giant's Causeway Turning point at the end of the road down to the rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Good road surface for wheelchairs and scooters, and you can get up close to the rocks. London Marmot on scooter up close to the rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Road was good up to this point but the stony path behind is much less accessible. The rocks of the Giant's Causeway. You can get pretty close in a wheelchair or scooter but not down to where you can see the people climbing The National Trust visitor centre on the cliffs above the rocks of the Giant's Causeway. View is from the blue badge parking spaces and the building itself had very good access.

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