Published Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Those who travel by car to the North Coast to see the famous stones are hit with a parking charge which is paid per person, not per car.
It costs £8.50 for an adult and £4.25 for a child.
Even the Tourism Minister, Arlene Foster, has questioned whether it was too much - saying she wouldn't be prepared to pay the car parking prices.
She is asking the National Trust to consider their charging policy and to better promote a cheaper park and ride facility from Bushmills.
We would also warmly welcome the Minister to visit us again at the Giant’s Causeway to experience the wide range of work we do in partnership with the local community
The new Causeway Visitor Centre opened a year ago and has attracted over 500,000 people.
Defending the costs, the National Trust says it offers value for money and they regularly benchmark with other world class tourist attractions, adding that any money raised is used to look after sites in their care, like the Causeway.
A statement said: "The admission fee is not simply a parking charge. It includes access to world class interpretation and use of a state of the art audio guide with more than one hour of interactive content.
"Visitors can also enjoy a guided walking tour led by a National Trust guide lasting over 45 minutes. Parking is also included as part of that admission fee."
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