Things to Do

The Gobbins

Photograph of a girl standing beside The Gobbins sign at the start of the coastal walkway

While enjoying a refreshing walk, visitors to The Gobbins in Islandmagee will experience the rugged Antrim coast, in a way quite unlike any other.

Whilst the coastal walkway across the original Edwardian path and bridges is currently closed to the public while work continues to secure the rock face, you can still learn about the pathway and enjoy the facilities at our Gobbins Visitor Information Centre.

The beauty and wildlife of our landscape in Mid and East Antrim is open to discovery at The Gobbins with views across the Irish Sea to the Scottish Islands.

The coastal walkway clings to the basalt cliffs - you will go across suspension bridges, through tunnels and along pathways - in an up close and personal experience of the coast that takes you over and under water. Visitors on the guided tour will hear about the geology and biodiversity of the area.

Looking down to the sheltered waters, an abundance of wildlife is often visible and the suspension bridge provides an expansive viewing point over a nesting place for seabirds.

Australia’s Daily Telegraph named The Gobbins as one of the world’s best tourist destinations. The Gobbins cliff path requires a reasonable level of fitness and there is also a height restriction (minimum 1.2m/4ft).

The Visitor Centre is open to the public and contains an interpretive area, shop and café. To access The Gobbins path, bookings are essential.

Redevelopment of this attraction was possible thanks to £7.5M of funding from the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the SEUPB and administered by the North East Partnership; Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the Ulster Garden Villages organisation.