Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland has been issuing timed tickets since April 2017. When visitors purchase a ticket, there is a time slot on it. You can only cross the Rope Bridge at your allocated time slot.
What does it mean to me as a tourist?
Planning. You need to plan ahead. You can now book online on their website (https://giantscausewaytickets.com/carrick-a-rede-tickets). Pre-booking is strongly recommended.
When choosing a time slot, please keep in mind that there is a 1km walk from the car park to the actual bridge. You will need to allow enough time to reach the steps of the bridge for your crossing. If you are late, they will not honour your booking and you will not be entitled to a refund.
Opening times, parking and prices*?
Rope Bridge opens from dawn to dusk. It opens at 09:30. Closing time varies (For 2018, July, August – 20:00/ September, October – 18:00/ November, December – 15:30)
Parking is free. From the overflow car park (the furthest on-site car park) to the actual Rope Bridge, is around 1 mile/ 1.6km.
National Trust members can cross the Rope Bridge for free (still need to book for a time slot). As of 16 March 2018, an adult ticket is GBP 9 and a child ticket is GBP 4.50.
*The above information regarding opening times, parking and prices might change. The information is correct as of 16 March 2018. For the most accurate information, please visit National Trust website.
Will I get to cross the Rope Bridge if I book a tour with Finn McCools Tours?
Yes (for all non-private tours)! If the Bridge is open, you will be able to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge without paying anything extra. Please note that the Rope Bridge might be closed due to safety reasons (e.g. wind is too strong).
If you would like to book a private tour, our staff member will let you know whether the tickets are included or not (depends on your budget, itinerary etc.)
More information regarding timed ticket can be found on National Trust’s website – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede/features/carrick-a-rede-introduces-new-timed-tickets