With gripping storylines and a multitude of characters, Game of Thrones is undeniably one of the most popular television shows of the 21st century. Although parts of the show were filmed all over Europe in countries including Iceland, Spain and Croatia, most of the filming locations can actually be found in Northern Ireland. So, if you fancy re-enacting some of your favourite scenes or just want to see the locations in real life, our handy Game of Thrones guide will tell you where to find all the best spots.
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
Perhaps one of the most visited Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland, fans of the show will instantly recognise this tunnel of Beech trees as the King’s Road. Featured at the beginning of season 2, it is where Arya managed to escape Kings Landing disguised as a boy alongside Yoren, Gendry and others who are to join the Night’s Watch. The trees were originally planted in the late 18th century by the Stuart family as an entrance to their Georgian estate and can be found near the town of Balleymoney in County Antrim.
Castle Ward, County Down
Just 40 minutes from Belfast lies the 18th century Castle Ward and its historic farmyard which acted as the location of Winterfell, home of The Starks. Here, you can step into the world of Westeros by meeting the real Direwolves and trying on some of the costumes used in the show. You can even stand in the same place as Robb, Bran and Jon as you fire off arrows at the Archery Range that was recreated in the exact same spot!
Ballintoy Harbour, Ballycastle
The picturesque Ballintoy Harbour was the setting for a number of scenes that took place in The Iron Islands. It is most notably featured in season 2 when Theon Greyjoy returns home to negotiate an alliance between his father and Robb Stark and meets his sister Yara for the first time. Somewhat hidden, the harbour itself can be found at the end of a narrow steep road down Knocksaughey Hill, which passes by the entrance to Larrybane and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Tollymore Forest Park, County Down
Nestled at the foot of The Mourne Mountains and comprising 1600 acres, Tollymore Forest was used frequently as a filming location for some of the most important scenes throughout the series. In the very first scene of the show, it is where the rangers of the Night Watch discover a large number of dismembered wildling bodies before encountering the White Walkers for the first time. It’s also where the Starks find the Direwolf puppies. You can visit these locations yourself, but booking a guided walking tour is a great way to ensure you don’t miss any of the spots as they tend to be hidden.
Cushendun Caves, County Antrim
Appearing in the 4th episode of season 2, the Cushendun Caves are famously known as the location where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow creature that kills Renly Baratheon. Even if you aren’t a Game of Thrones fan, the 400-million-year-old caves are sure to make an impression. To access them, park at the National Trust car park in the village and take a walk past the sheltered harbour.
If you’d like to visit these locations and more without the hassle, you can do so by booking our Game of Thrones package. You’ll begin your tour in Belfast before travelling along the coast to Ballycastle and ending in Derry/Londonderry.
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