Game of Thrones Locations Bucket List
Welcome to Westeros, Northern Ireland with its authentic medieval buildings and beautiful landscapes. Northern Ireland is the picture perfect filming location for the HBO series Game of Thrones. There are over 25 Game of Thrones filming locations in Ireland after 10 years filming, it is now firmly known as Game of Thrones Territory. The stunning Causeway Coast is home to numerous Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland and the Titanic Studios in Belfast which were used to create many interior scenes for the series.
Ballintoy Harbour – The Iron Islands
This picturesque fishing harbour is a must visit for Game of Thrones fans. Scenes filmed here include where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. He also meets his sister Yara here. Ballintoy is just one kilometre from the harbour, a lovely village to wander the charming shops. Ballintoy is located alongside the B15 coast road, 17 miles north-east of Coleraine and five miles west of Ballycastle.
Castle Ward - Winterfell’s Courtyard
The 18th Century Castle Ward estate, was used as the setting of Winterfell. This location featured several times in Season 1. King Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell and was met by Stark during Episode 1. it is also where Bran, Jon and Robb practised their archery skills. Operated by the National Trust, this property is located near the village of Strangford, in County Down, Northern Ireland
Cushendun Caves - Storms End
Located beyond the beautiful coastal village of Cushendun on the Causeway coast of Northern Ireland. The Cushendun Caves were formed over million of years from extreme weather conditions. The caves was the filming location of the birth of the shadow baby. Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre also landed ashore here in Season 2.
Dark Hedges – The Kings Road
The stunning avenue of 18th Century beech trees appeared in Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 1 when Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing disguised as a boy. The iconic trees and estate surrounding the tress are a must visit. Take a 45 minute guided tour with the Dark Hedges Experience StoryGuides of the estate and the Dark Hedges. Parking at the Hedges Hotel is available (parking fees may apply).
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Dunluce Castle - Pyke Castle, House of Greyjoy
Perched on the edge of incredible coastal cliffs overlooking Northern Ireland’s stunning Causeway Coast, the ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle were used in many scenes for the House of Greyjoy, the ruler of the Iron Islands. With such a dramatic location it is easy to see why the producers of Game of Thrones chose Dunluce Castle.
Fairhead Cliffs - Dragonstone
The Fairhead Cliffs rise hundreds of metres above the Causeway Coast and is Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff face. The cliffs appear in Season 7 Episode 3, This is where Tyrion asks Jon Snow if he can help and where Varys told Melisandre that they would both return and die in ‘this strange country’. A short walk from the car park will bring you to the edge of these incredible cliffs.
Inch Abbey - Camp North
Inch Abbey is spectacular with its 12th century monastic site ruins was the filming location of Robb Stark’s camp . Here you can witness the place where King Robb was crowned ‘The King of the North’. Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, 0.75 miles north-west of Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland
Larrybane Quarry - The Stormlands
Located near Ballintoy and nearby to the Carrick-a-Red Rope Bridge. Make the time to stop and experience the Rope Bridge, a unique activity. Larrybane Quarry is where King Renly set up camp in The Stormlands during Season 2. The quarry is also featured the tournament in which Brienne of Tarth was introduced.
Tollymore Forest Park
The first state forest park established in Northern Ireland on 2 June 1955. It is located at Bryansford, near the town of Newcastle. This beautiful forest park featured several scenes including where the Starks find the Direwolves pups and the area where the ill-fated Night’s Watchmen encountered White Walkers in the very first sequence of the show. The forest park is open every day of the year from 10:00 until sunset. Admission fees apply.
There are a lot more Game of Thrones Filming locations to explore, for more information Go to www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones
Getting around the locations
Visiting these locations in Northern Ireland couldn’t be easier. There are number of tour operators that offer guided coach tours. For those that wish to explore at their own pace and stay longer. You will find hiring a car and planning a self drive itinerary the best option for you.. A number of locations are quite close to each other allowing you to really savour the experience.
The Hedges Hotel, next to the Dark Hedges offers good quality accommodation and is convenient and quiet location in which to explore from. It is 20 to 60 minutes drive to a number of Game of Thrones locations.
Planning your trip
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