Please, read and agree the Gobbins' Terms & Conditions before booking.

Very important information to read before booking

Please ensure you and your party read this information prior to booking. By booking you are agreeing that you accept and will be bound by these terms and conditions.
Should you have any queries regarding the terms and conditions or require any further information regarding the suitability of the walk for you and your party, please contact us prior to booking at the Visitors Centre on 028 9337 2318 or email info@thegobbinscliffpath.com.

Gobbins Covid-19

Due to the recent global outbreak of COVID-19, your tour will include changes in order to minimise risk to our visitors and staff.

What we've done:

  • Staff at The Gobbins have adapted cleaning schedules in the Visitor Centre to at least every 2 hours.
  • Our staff in the Visitor Centre will be wearing face coverings.
  • We have removed our welcome tickets which you would have received after checking in for a tour.
  • Our tour group size has reduced to 10 visitors to better ensure social distancing in the briefing room, bus and path.
  • We have hand sanitiser stations around the building for you to use.

What we're asking you to do:

  • Pay attention to all signs and hygiene prompts. These are more important than ever to protect yourself and other visitors/staff.
  • Visitors will be required to wear face coverings in the Visitor Centre, on the bus and on the path
  • By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you declare that neither you, nor anyone in your household, have experienced any of the following symptoms within the past 14 days:
    • A high temperature
    • A new, continuous cough
    • A loss of or change in sense of smell or taste
    • Or that You have come into contact with anyone outside of your house in the past 14 days that displayed these symptoms or has since been confirmed as having COVID-19.

We would request that all visitors download the –Stop Covid NI Proximity APP- (StopCovidNI App) before visiting the Gobbins Cliff walk.

If any apply, please contact a member of The Gobbins Guest Relations Team as soon as possible to arrange to reschedule or a refund. This should be completed over the phone or via email as you and any guests affected should not arrive to the Visitor Centre. In cases where Covid-19 is suspected or confirmed, the regular 72 hour notice refund policy will be waived.

Guests travelling from other countries are required to be aware of any travel restrictions and should complete, where necessary, the appropriate quarantine period before visiting. Guidance for people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here

Please listen to any additional instructions from The Gobbins Staff during your visit. When you arrive, come straight to the reception desk located in the gift shop where you can check in up to 30 minutes before your tour, you must check in at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour. The Guest Relations staff will give you directions within in the building including where the toilets are and where to meet your Guide. While in the building, social distancing rules should be followed at all times.

THE GOBBINS EXPERIENCE

  • We want you and those accompanying you to enjoy your experience with us, however The Gobbins Coastal Path can, for some people, be a physically challenging walk. This is a 5km (3 mile) walk with a steep access path to the lower coastal path which includes gradients of up to 1:4 in places. The path is narrow with many hand carved uneven steps that wind up and down along the bottom of the cliff. It is the equivalent of climbing and descending 50 flights of stairs.
  • If you have a medical history of health conditions which could be exacerbated by exercise, for example heart conditions such as angina or heart attack, respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema, musculo-skeletal conditions such as back or joint pain or other concerns such as seizures or stroke you may find the walk unsuitable.
  • If you are living with long term conditions like diabetes, it is your responsibility to make all necessary preparations in advance of The Gobbins Experience. One small suitable empty waist bag will be provided for someone living with diabetes in order to carry with them their emergency hypo treatment. This bag will be provided when you report to reception for you to transfer your hypo treatments into. Hypo treatments will not be provided by The Gobbins. No other bags will be permitted on The Gobbins Experience. If you use an insulin pump and need to bring spare supplies these will carried by your Guide in their backpack.
  • Suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy walking boots (i.e. thick tread, with ankle support) must be worn. Footwear will be checked before departure and if unsuitable, you may be refused access to the walk. A limited number of pairs of boots are available for hire at £5. However, these may not always be available in ALL sizes and should not be depended upon. All visitors are required to wear a hard hat which is provided.
  • The Gobbins tour is unsuitable for young children. No one under 1.2 metres, approx. 4 foot, will be permitted to take part. Children may not be carried.
  • Visitors are required to report to reception at The Gobbins Visitor Centre 15 minutes before their tour departure time so as to confirm their participation. Failure to do so may result in management reselling any places not confirmed to drop in visitors.
  • Measures are taken to minimise and manage the potential for rock fall. However, the cliffs are part of the natural environment and this cannot be entirely guaranteed. In undertaking this walk, you accept that you may be exposed to such events and understand they could cause you serious harm.
  • Due to the nature of the walk we may be required to restrict the length of tours for safety reasons for which no partial refund will be given. In this case we will try to substitute that part of the tour. Should the length of the path be restricted we will endeavour to contact you before your visit.

HAZARDS TO CONSIDER

  • We want you to enjoy your experience with us at The Gobbins, therefore you and your party need to consider a number of potential hazards when planning your visit. The Gobbins is a strenuous outdoor experience and is not suited for everyone. To ensure that our visitors are protected and have the best possible time with us, please read these hazards which you should consider before you and your party decide if The Gobbins is a suitable experience for you to visit.

Medical Hazards to consider:

  • The Gobbins can, for some people, be a physically challenging 3 hour walk along a narrow, uneven path with many steps and with a very steep climb at the end. You should be aware of over exertion from walking.
  • If you have a medical history of health conditions which could be exacerbated by exercise for example heart conditions such as angina or heart attack, respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema, musculo-skeletal conditions such as back or joint pain or other concerns such as seizures or stroke you may find the walk unsuitable.
  • If you require the use of an Epi-pen please ensure it is carried with you and please inform your Guide at the end of the safety brief.
  • If living with diabetes, you will be permitted to carry hypo treatments in The Gobbins bag provided at reception.
  • There is a small risk of contracting Weil’s disease from coming into contact with wildlife residue, therefore food is not permitted on the path (except hypo treatment for people living with diabetes) and you are advised to use hand sanitiser after you complete the walk or wash your hands when you return to the Visitor Centre.
  • Due to the narrowness of the cliff face path, walking aids are not permitted, including walking poles and umbrellas.
  • The tunnel is dark and narrow and may be unsuitable for those suffering from claustrophobia.
  • The Gobbins includes an active bird colony. If you have a fear of birds then this adventure may not be for you.
  • You will not be allowed to undertake the walk if our guides suspect you may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Environmental Hazards to consider:

  • In this natural environment, while measures are taken to minimise and manage the potential for rock fall, the cliffs are part of the natural environment and this cannot be entirely guaranteed. In undertaking this walk, you accept that you may be exposed to such events and understand they could cause you serious harm.
  • All visitors are required to wear a hard hat while on their guided tour to protect them from potential injury from overhanging rocks etc. Please note, nothing can be worn under the helmet unless it is for faith or medical reasons.
  • No climbing is permitted and you must stay within the designated boundaries of the path and follow the Guides instructions at all times.
  • Suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy walking boots i.e. thick tread, with ankle support must be worn. No heels, canvas shoes, flat soled trainers or sandals are allowed. Footwear will be checked before departure and if found unsuitable, you may be refused access to the walk.
  • Slips and trips can occur due to the uneven surfaces on the access and cliff paths.
  • Water is allowed, but should be carried in your pocket or around your neck on a lanyard.
  • Weather along the coast can change suddenly so everyone must come prepared, wearing outdoor clothing and footwear that is suitable for all conditions.
  • The Gobbins Path runs at a height of 15 metres above water level in places and has a dark tunnel and an entrance feature where conditions may be cramped for taller visitors or those of a larger build and includes 50 flights of uneven steps.

Practical Hazards to consider:

  • The Gobbins tour is unsuitable for young children. No one under 1.2 metres, approx. 4 foot, will be permitted to take part. Children may not be carried.
  • Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your hands should be kept free. All belongings may be left in our free, secure lockers at the Visitor Centre.
  • Smoking and vaping is prohibited on The Gobbins Path.
  • Animals are not allowed on The Gobbins Path.
  • Bags are not permitted on the path, this includes back packs and camera bags (The Gobbins will provide a small suitable waist bag for those people with diabetes who need to carry hypo treatments). In the interests of safety, cameras should fit in your pockets or be on a strap facing forward. Tablet computers and selfie sticks are not permitted.
  • "Go Pro" type recording devices may only be used in a body harness and cannot be attached to our helmets or carried on a pole.
  • There are no toilets on the path so we would ask that you avail of the facilities before entering the briefing room.

General terms and conditions.

  • Tour guides reserve the right to direct visitors off the path at any time due to health and safety issues.
  • Management may refuse entry to, or eject visitors from, the Visitors Centre or guided walk for abusive, threatening, drunken or other antisocial behaviour (including smoking in no smoking areas), causing a nuisance, carrying offensive weapons or illegal substances, or making unauthorised audio, video or photographic recordings. No refund will be given.
  • Visitors are required to report to Reception at The Gobbins Visitor Centre 15 minutes before their tour departure time so as to confirm their participation. Failure to do so may result in management reselling any places not confirmed to drop in visitors.

Cancellations by management

  • Tours can be cancelled at short notice due to changes in the weather or for operational reasons and we will endeavour to contact you prior to your tour time if this is the case. Should this occur a full refund or reschedule of the tour will be offered.

Refunds

  • No refunds will be given unless the tour is cancelled by us. Should you be unable to attend we would request at least 72 hours' notice. We will try and reschedule your visit on the next suitable date available for your party if this is an option to you.
 

Booking is OPEN now

 

We are delighted to announce that The Gobbins Cliff Path is now OPEN. There will be a number of changes both prior to and during your visit. Your safety and that of our staff is paramount and we are proud that The Gobbins has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ certificate which is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism or hospitality business is following Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, putting in place processes to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. For more details on these changes please Click Here



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