Causeway car park prices criticised

Published Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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The cost of visiting one of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions, the Giant's Causeway, has come under the spotlight again.

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

National Trust

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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hjb12 in belfast wrote (293 days ago):
forgive my naivity, but just exactly who are the National Trust, and since when did they gain ownership of the Giants Causeway, and how much did they pay for it, and from whom. If they wish to charge rediculous prices to enter the visitors centre, then if they built it , and own it, then that's up to them. However, it seems to me that the public are being tricked into paying these prices, because there are no alternative parking areas, and if there are, they are not being informed of them. If Arlene Foster is so concerned about the situation at the Giants Causeway, and I don't doubt she is, then she must appeal on our behalf, for the resources to provide the public with adequate parking, with a down to earth and a much less extortionate fee structure.
Alan in Iom wrote (295 days ago):
Avoid the admission charges at the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre. Park at the Giant's Causeway Railway car park - its only £6.00 per car per day and you can walk to the stones for free.
villa lion in newtownards wrote (295 days ago):
just listen to u ALL! big deal,a few quid to c a sight to behold.give up ur fags and booze and u could visit 5times a year.
Belfast in belfast in Belfast wrote (296 days ago):
Its a total rip of they should pay per car not per person in the car for a family in the car that would cost near £30 and plus ud still have to pay yourself and the kids in to the causeway reception to look around so that could be another 30 quid if u buy food n drink also there it could cost near 100 pound for a day no one would pay that -families would vacate n not return so would tourist and they would probably run out of money quickly cause of the expensive charges
me in here wrote (296 days ago):
One place I would love to go once or twice a year to but avoid because of the price. A bit like Belfast zoo 21.5 quid for 2 adults, but was 12 or so only a few years ago. Turned up with a 20 quid note thinking even if the price had went up i'd be covered. Ended up hoking in my pockets or the extra 1.50,looking a right muppet. Probably not go back.
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