Visiting the Gobbins: useful information
What sort of footwear is required?
You could be refused entry if you are not wearing appropriate footwear such as hiking/walking boots with a thick tread and ankle support. Trainers are not acceptable.
Are there any restrictions on the walk?
A moderate level of fitness is required to walk the Gobbins. It is not suitable for those with cardiac, respiratory or joint conditions (if you have another medical condition and are unsure of your level of fitness, please check with a staff member at time of booking). Additionally, the tour is not suitable for anyone under the height of 1.2 metres (around 4 feet tall). Walking aids are not permitted and smoking and eating are not allowed along the cliff path, although a bottle of water and warm outdoor clothing is recommended.
What is the walk length?
The Gobbins experience includes a short bus ride, then a steep descent which is followed by over 100 steps to the path entrance. Led by a friendly, enthusiastic personal guide brimming with local knowledge on the area’s history, flora and fauna, the guided tour along the cliff path is approximately 3km (2 miles) and ends in a steep upward climb back to your transport. Overall, the experience lasts three hours.
Where is the Gobbins located?
The Gobbins is located in Islandmagee, County Antrim on the Causeway Coastal Route, 32km (20 miles) from Belfast. For GPS purposes, the location is the Gobbins Visitor Centre, Middle Road, Islandmagee BT40 3SX.
What facilities are provided at the Visitor Centre?
Visitors can leave their car in the free car park before entering the centre and perusing the Gobbins exhibition. A welcome video is played,
explaining a little of the history of the tour and safety features. Each visitor is provided with a helmet before a bus then takes you from the centre to the beginning of the cliff walk, returning at the end of the tour. Tea, coffee and light snacks are available in the café.
How do I buy tickets?
Tickets for the Gobbins must be booked in advance. This can be done either online, on the official website, or over the phone. For group bookings of over 10, contact the Gobbins directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +44 (0) 28 9337 2318.