Lonely Planet Writer

Antrim's famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is now ticketed

If you’re planning on visiting the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Antrim, you need to know in advance of setting out that it has become a timed-ticketed attraction. Northern Ireland’s sixth most popular tourist attraction has become so busy, changes have been made to help reduce long waiting times and traffic congestion during peak times.

 The Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Antrim is now so popular it has to be ticketed. Image: National Trust
The Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Antrim is now so popular it has to be ticketed. Image: National Trust

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge was built in 2008 and is only 18 inches wide, so only eight people are allowed on it at a time. It is 66 feet long and is suspended 98 feet above the rocks below, giving a dramatic viewpoint to those who cross it. It is so popular that 354,000 people visited it in 2016, making it Northern Ireland’s sixth-most visited attraction. One reason for the surge in interest is that Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal route has links to HBO’s popular series, Game of Thrones.

 The Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Antrim is now so popular it has to be ticketed. Image: National Trust
The Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Antrim is now so popular it has to be ticketed. Image: National Trust

The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede. The introduction of timed tickets means that all individual tickets will be sold on site from 9.30 am onwards and will only be valid on the day of purchase. Visitors will be allocated a specific hour and will be required to present their ticket at the allocated time period, before crossing the bridge. There will be no online tickets available to purchase.

 The Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Antrim is now so popular it has to be ticketed. Image: National Trust
The Carrick-a-Rede bridge in Antrim is now so popular it has to be ticketed. Image: National Trust

The National Trust recommends visiting early in the morning to purchase tickets as it is less congested then, and time slots will only be released once the previous slot is full. For further information please see here.

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