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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Daily: 9:30am - 3:30am
119a Whitepark Rd, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Belfast

The Basics

Many visitors come to the bridge on guided tours from Dublin and Belfast. Because of the bridge’s proximity to Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just a 20-minute drive away, full-day tours often combine the two attractions, as well as other prominent Northern Ireland sights, such as Game of Thrones filming locations and the state-of-the-art Titanic Belfast, set on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard where the ill-fated cruise liner was built. Individual visitors must purchase a ticket for the bridge at the site on the day of and will receive a time slot for crossing.

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Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Dublin including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Dublin including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
star-4.5
$75.02 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day tour ! Paul is...
Great day tour ! Paul is funny and a really good singer ! The day was really enjoyable as we had time in all the places!
Louise_L, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Belfast

star-4
Great tour
Madison_S, Dec 2021
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
It wasn’t clear that a lot is closed because of Covid (which I understand), so I only wish that had been reflected in the description of the tour. But otherwise we still had a great time and got to see a lot!
star-5
Great tour
Jade_C, Jan 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
Loved this tour. Driver was super knowledgeable and highlighted places during the whole trip such as the police station and the university. Tour was organised really well. Many toilet breaks and time divided up well. Lunch is in a cafe which is a tad pricey but you can bring sandwiches and eat outside. All stops are worthwhile seeing, but can be cold so wrap up warm and bring a brolly
star-4
Lovely
Melani_A, Sep 2020
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast Including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The day was so bright, which I believe as the main factor I enjoyed it. Was a little anxious when the bus got late for about 45 minutes to pick me without even a ring to tell that they get late. But overall a fantastic tour.
star-5
Getaways Belfast tour
Jenneth_P, Oct 2021
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
It’s amazing views and beautiful places in Belfast ! I’ve enjoyed all of them! The tourist guide Lindsey was hilarious and helpful!
star-5
N.I. adventures
hillary_b, Mar 2020
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast Including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
we had an excellent adventure led by Val! he shared some insightful history, entertaining jokes/stories, singing, good lunch, safe driving... and the weather cooperated too!
star-5
Giants Causeway tour
Erin_D, Oct 2019
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Dublin including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
It was a lovely tour. Dermont Was a great guide and gave us a little history of each place. I was traveling alone and met great people on this tour and had a lot of fun. We lucked out with the weather and we were able to see and do everything. The seats were comfortable and had usb ports in-between them to charge phones. They bring you to a spot for lunch but it is not included in the price. I brought my own lunch to save some money. I would recommend this tour to others.
star-4
Not a Game of Thrones fan
Renee Z, Oct 2019
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Dublin including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The bus was comfortable and Dermot was as nice as he could be. Didn’t really see the point in stopping in Belfast on a Sunday evening when things were closed and stopping by a couple of Game of Thrones sites when I’ve never seen an episode. While lunch was delicious, I felt it was crowded and rushed.
star-5
Great tour
Supriya_D, Sep 2021
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
The tour was perfectly timed. Our guide Lyndsey made us laugh on his jokes. Everything was great. Thank you.
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Bruce_G, Mar 2019
Private Guided Tour Giant's Causeway Game of Thrones Rope Bridge From Belfast
Barry, our tour guide gave us a wonderful tour of the Northern Ireland coast. The weather was a bit cold and wintery but we were able to take in a number of great sites.
star-5
Must see coast
Sandra_D, Mar 2020
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast Including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Wonderful tour. Must see ! The costs is so beautiful ! Very good driver. I would recommand paddywagon to Anyone.
star-5
Fabulous!
Josephine_H, Aug 2019
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast Including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
A terrific day trip from Belfast, with the opportunity to visit many of Northern Ireland's highlights. Our guide Dermot was very knowledgeable and nice (though some chronic latecomers did try his considerable patience at times). Gives you a good amount of time at each of the major stops: the Dark Hedges, the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge (not for the faint of heart!), and the Giant's Causeway. An excellent value for the money!
star-5
Beautiful views, amazing tour guide
Hannah_Z, Aug 2020
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
A fun, and breathtaking drive up the coast. Stopping frequently and allowing time to take in all the beauty of Northern Ireland. Phil was an amazing and hilarious tour guide as well!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It may be best to arrive early in the morning, as tickets often sell out during peak periods.

  • Wear sturdy walking shoes for the 20-minute walk from the parking lot to the bridge—some of the stone steps along this path can be slippery when wet.

  • The bridge is not suitable for the mobility impaired.

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How to Get There

The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is situated in County Antrim, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of Belfast city. The easiest way to travel is by guided tour. Visitors can also take Ulsterbus 252 or Ulsterbus 376 (also known as the Causeway Rambler) during summer.

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Giant's Causeway Tours from Belfast

Giant's Causeway Tours from Belfast


When to Get There

The bridge opens daily from 9:30am. Closing time varies by season but is as late as 7pm in peak summer and as early as 3pm in winter. Ticket sales stop 45 minutes before closing. Book a guided tour or arrive first thing in the morning to secure your shot at crossing the bridge. Only a certain number of people are allowed on the bridge at any time, and timed tickets help keep lines manageable and moving. Avoid windy days when the bridge may be closed for safety reasons.

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Carrick-a-Rede Island Highlights

With so much attention placed on the bridge itself, many travelers give little thought to the island to which it connects. Though tiny, the grassy islet is worth exploring. Look for the traditional fisherman’s cottage, open to visitors on select weekends of the year, and keep an eye out for wildlife. Seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes patrol the coastline, while basking sharks, dolphins, and porpoises frolic in the surrounding waters.

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