Giant’s Causeway is ranked the worst tourist attraction

  • An Irish Times survey named the National Trust attraction as the most unpopular
  • Most claimed the collection of  40,000 interlocking basalt columns looked small
  • The natural wonder has racked-up more than 120 scathing TripAdvisor reviews  

It is considered a stunning natural wonder.

But, despite being billed as one of Northern Ireland’s essential sights, Giant’s Causeway has been rated the most overrated attraction by underwhelmed tourists. 

A poll, conducted earlier this month, found the collection of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were deemed the least impressive by disgruntled sight-seers.

A let-down? Countless tourists cited the Northern Irish spot as an underwhelming experience, with some claiming it was ‘just a small gathering of rocks’

The survey, undertaken by the Irish Times, asked Twitter users a simple question: ‘What is the most overrated and underwhelming tourist attraction you have ever visited?’

And, while the National Trust property remains popular with attendees, the ecological phenomenon was the most-cited, with hundreds of responses.

One said it was ‘a very long walk for a small gathering of rocks,’ while another added: ‘I was so disappointed. Nothing giant about it.’    

A third chimed-in: ‘My expectations were huge. I was seriously disappointed’.

Previously, TripAdvisor reviewers have described Giant’s Causeway as ‘incredibly underwhelming’, with one adding: ‘The locals can’t understand why anyone goes to see it and they all hate the monstrosity of a new “visitor centre” that has been foisted upon them, as did we.’

Another said: ‘After seeing thousands of pictures/videos of the Giant’s Causeway in magazines and on TV, imagine my bemusement to see a very small mound of geometric rocks and to realise that “this is it”.’

Money talks: A number of TripAdvisor reviewers have also criticised the National Trust for charging people to see the ecological attraction 

Money talks: A number of TripAdvisor reviewers have also criticised the National Trust for charging people to see the ecological attraction 

That said, some of the world’s more thrilling tourist attractions also found themselves being derided in the Irish Times poll. 

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was branded underwhelming with one respondent saying: ‘I walked by her umpteen times. Her sad face combined with its tiny size just didn’t live up to the history books.’

Meanwhile, the Empire State Building was described as being ‘full of dopes taking selfies like cattle’, while Niagara Falls was branded ‘a bit trashy’. 

Other famous sights that have been lambasted include Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, which may be a pillar of cultural heritage, but was described by one TripAdvisor reviewer as ‘just a concrete pillar’.

Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa was slammed for being ‘wonkey’ [sic] – the precise reason most people flock to see it – while the Sphinx in Egypt was the subject of a conspiracy theory, with one attendee suggesting that photographers ‘use Photoshop to blow it up’ in size. 


Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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