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The Gobbins attraction in County Antrim. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

The Gobbins New Tours Showcase Dramatic Coastal Walk

The Gobbins Coastal Walk attraction in Northern Ireland marked the unveiling of its new 2024-2025 tourist season with the relaunching of its Gobbins Cliff Path tour.
The Gobbins Cliff Path. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

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The cliffside attraction has been called the most dramatic coastal walk in Europe.

Built on the edge of the cliffs on the North Channel, the Gobbins path stretches for two miles along the beautiful Coastal Causeway in County Antrim.

The dramatic path was created by Berkeley Deane Wise, a railway engineer, at the turn of the 20th century.

The intention was to create an accessible tourist attraction from Belfast.

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The dramatic cliff path at The Gobbins in County Antrim. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

When it was opened to the public in 1902, the admission was sixpence to view what was described as a “perfect marvel of engineering.”

Today, the Gobbins Path is as dramatic as ever, with its original tubular bridge and several other, newer bridges, together with stone-carved staircases that bring visitors through caves and into under-sea tunnels.

The Gobbins Cliff Path Tour

The Gobbins Cliff Walk is strenuous and therefore, a reasonable amount of fitness is required.

On the 2.5-3-hour tour, visitors are guided along a series of spectacular bridges, including one that connects two headlands, as well as six gallery structures that hug the side of the cliff.

The tubular bridge at The Gobbins. Photo: Arthur Ward, Tourism Ireland.

The attraction’s tubular bridge was loved by visitors in the 1900s when it first opened and featured on many postcards. It is still popular today, featuring on many social media posts.

Other parts of the cliff path walk include a 72-foot-long/22-meter-long tunnel, which runs below sea level and where visitors can hear the thunder of the Irish Sea, not to mention the fabulous views of Scotland from the clifftop.

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Visitors walking along the edge of the Gobbins cliffs. Photo: Rob Durston, Tourism Northern Ireland.

Waterproof rain jackets or similar clothing are recommended, as well as sturdy walking boots. No backpacks are allowed.

The Gobbins Cliff Path is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (March 1st through Dec. 31st). Visitors must first go to the information center to listen to the attraction's safety rules and requirements.

Tour tickets cost £21.50 for adults (16+), £15.50 for children under 16 and seniors (65+). Family tickets cost £48.

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