• Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

  • The Causeway steps are created by approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns

  • The Giant's Causeway is the most popular attraction in Northern Ireland

  • The new Giant's Causeway visitors centre opened in 2012


National Trust at Giant's Causeway

Located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is a series of unique basalt columns that formed centuries ago as a result of volcanic activity. In 2000, the site’s Visitor Centre was lost in a devastating fire. In its place, the National Trust sought to develop a new, world-class Visitor Centre, improve trails and preserve this iconic site for everyone to enjoy.


Fast Fact

The rock formations, which take their name from the legends of Finn MacCool, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and a National Nature Reserve in 1987

Project Partners

The Objective

Trafalgar worked with the National Trust, a UK-based organisation charged with the care of the site, to enhance the visitor experience through conservation and protection as well as the rebuilding of the new sustainable visitors centre.

The Impact

Trafalgar’s support allowed the National Trust to build a new sustainable Visitor Centre. In less than two years the National Trust was able to secure planning permission and take huge steps in turning the award-winning design into reality.

The highly anticipated £18.5-millon Visitor Centre took 18 months to complete, opening in July 2012. The new Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre includes exhibition spaces, a cafe and shops. Walkways and trails around the site have also been upgraded, with the addition of a new accessible cliff-top walk for families and people with disabilities, allowing everyone to explore more of this mythical and breathtaking site.

County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Trafalgar's President & CEO on their Support for Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway


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