Giant's Causeway Centre, County Antrim

The Giant's Causeway itself is Ireland's most extraordinary natural location. Its 40,000 columns of rock are shaped like threepenny pieces and the whole site divides into three sections, the result of the action of the waves over the centuries. The audio-visual presentation is complemented by the interactive Causeway Exhibition, which tells the story of the area's flora and fauna and the history of tourism in this part of Ireland. Local industrial and commercial activities, such as mining and kelping, are detailed, as is the history of the Ould Lammas Fair, held every August in nearby Ballycastle. Craft shop, restaurant.

The nearby Causeway School museum is housed in a former school that functioned as such from 1915 to 1962. The building was designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, who also designed houses in Cushendun in the Glens of Antrim and Portmeirion in North Wales.

Giant's Causeway Centre:
22km (14 miles) NE of Coleraine.
Admission charge.
Open daily

School museum:
Admission charge.
Open daily, July and August.