Located in Antrim County, Northern Ireland, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (spelt carrick-a-rede) is one of the bridges for adventure seekers and adrenaline lovers. It is one of the most loved attractions in Northern Ireland and is taken care by the National Trust which is a registered conservation charity.
It is suspended almost 30m above sea level, with a 20m journey, the bridge was constructed nearly 300 years ago by fisherman. History says that this bridge was constructed by the fisherman as Carrick-a-Rede was one of the best places to catch salmons during its peak season. After the fishes changed their migratory pattern, this bridge was left unused and is now a tourist destination.
It has taken many forms from 1970 to 2017, many times it got damaged and reconstructed by the local climbers, fishermen, etc. At last, this was observed by the National Trust and closed it later the bridge with expert engineers and later it was open to the public.
The Bridge connects Carrick Island to Antrim County and you can cross the beautiful Atlantic Ocean while on the bridge, Carrick-a-Rede is the final destination where you notice fisherman’s cottage that has a rich history. You can enjoy the waves crashing beneath you, wind rushing, and the sound of wooden slats that the bridge has which is filled with adrenaline when you look down to the open water.
Every year thousands of people visit this place to experience beautiful ocean scenery and also experience rare wildlife which is the reason why the National Trust has pre-timed tickets to this place. Only a limited number of people can cross this bridge in a stipulated hour and the National Trust timed ticket is valid for 1 hour.
One can visit easily to this bridge as it is situated around 1km from the car park, which you need to walk and the last arrival time to collect the ticket is 15 minutes before the expiry time of the ticket. This scariest bridge is open at different times based on the season and is closed on 24, 25 and 26th of December. The price to cross the bridge is US$12.5 for adults, US$6.25 for children and US$32 for a family. The final access to the rope bridge is 45 minutes before the closing time which you can check and visit based upon your itinerary.