Big visitor hike at Giant's
VISITS to the Giant's
Causeway jumped by almost 50,000 last year thanks in
part to epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
Latest figures show that the iconic Northern Ireland
landmark - which is regularly accessed by tourists
using the Lough Foyle Ferry in Greencastle -
attracted more than half-a-million visitors
(549,066) in 2014-2015.
The ancient site famous
for its hexagonal basalt columns, is by far the most
popular site in the Trust's 500-strong heritage
The causeway, which is near many of the filming
locations for Game of Thrones, attracted some
144,000 extra tourists than the next most popular
site - Stourhead estate in Wiltshire.
And its sister site Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, less
than 15 minutes away, also felt the pulling power of
the HBO drama, according to the annual report from
Britain's National Trust. Greencastle can also boast
another positive link as talented young actor Art
Parkinson from neighbouring Moville also stars in
Game of Thrones.