Game of Thrones Journey of the doors

 

In January 2016 several trees along Northern Ireland’s famous Dark Hedges (better known to Game of Thrones® fans as the ‘Kingsroad’) blew over in Storm Gertrude. The Game of Thrones team set about saving piece of history for its fans.

Ten intricate wood-carved doors were carved from the storm-felled Dark Hedges beech trees, each telling the story of a Season 6 episode, and gifted to special pubs, restaurants and hotels across ‪Northern Ireland.

If you’re plan to visiting Northern Ireland to explore the Game Of Thrones filming locations. You want to include these places in your itinerary. Not only do you get to enjoy the Journey of the Doors but also a fine Irish meal or drink in some iconic places around Northern Ireland. Be sure to ask one of the staff stamp your Passport to the Doors. This can downloaded from the Discover Northern Ireland website.

Discover Northern Ireland has made finding these Game of Thrones locations even easier with a completely free app. This app show off the Game Of Thrones doors and accessible filming locations around the country. A great feature is the interactive map shows the locations for each of the Game Of Thrones doors. Click on one of the “door” icons on the map, it will open to a page that talks about that specific door along with which filming locations that door is near and GPS directions on how to find that door!

We’ve listed each of the doors below to get you started and of course the StoryGuides at the Dark Hedges Experience are excited to show off Door number 7 at Gracehill House located on the Dark Hedges Estate. The Game of Thrones door here featuring the Three-Eyed Raven and the Stark Direwolf sigil. A beech tree leaf hidden inside a crown references the trees from the Kingsroad itself, located meters from door 7.

Step inside the Experience Centres, tours leave on the hour from 10am. If you want a good hearty meal after your tour, the Scullery Bar & Restaurant will satisfy your hunger. The Dark Hedges Experience is just 50m from the Hedges Hotel and provides the best parking available to the Dark Hedges. Click the red button below for more information.

Game of Thrones Door locations

Door 1: The Cuan, Strangford, Co. Down

This restaurant and guest house in the picturesque seaside village of Strangford was the lucky recipient of the first door and portrays the opening sequence of the Game of Thrones with a map of Westeros and the show’s houses.

Door 2: Fiddler’s Green, Portaferry, Co. Down

Located historic small town of Portaferry, is both a pub and bed & breakfast. The door describes the struggle between the House Bolton and House Greyjoy.

Door 3: Percy French, Newcastle, Co. Down

The door in this welcoming restaurant shows the direwolves found by the Starks. Percy French is located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, not far from Tollymore Forest Park. Enjoy stunning panoramic views and great food at the County Down restaurant.

Door 4: Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Enjoy a pint of stout and Irish coffee, which has been around for well over a century. The door features the Targaryen rise to power, with the dragons looming large at the base of the door.

Door 5: Owens, Limavady, Co. Londonderry

This traditional pub hosts a door featuring the fearsome Night King and the White Walkers. Located in the town of Limavady, just a short drive away from the beautiful Sperrins region and Binevenagh Mountain.

Door 6: Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim

Nearby to Ballintoy Harbour and on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. Drogon - Daenerys Targaryen's dragon is the feature as well as the allegiance of the Dothraki to her queen.

Door 7: Gracehill House, Stranocum, Co. Antrim

Gracehill House can be found close to the Dark Hedges, possibly the most famous and recognisable filming location from the show. Featuring the Three Eyed Raven. There is an incredible history at Gracehill House, you will gain so much more of the stories behind the door on a guided tour.

Door 8: Mary McBride's, Cushendun, Co. Antrim

Found in the coastal village of Cushendun, this delightful pub is worth a visit. It features the Titan of Braavos in the upper section, the coin from the faceless man in the middle and Arya's beloved Needle in the bottom section..

Door 9: Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Co. Antrim

Depicted in this Game of Thrones door is the Battle of the Bastard in which Jon Snow claimed victory. Splintered shields and broken swords are strewn everywhere. Ballygally Castle is only 26 miles from Belfast.

Door 10: The Dark Horse, Belfast, Co. Antrim

A European style coffee house nestled in a alleyway in the historic Cathedral Quarter area of Belfast. The last door is a tribute to the filming that has taken place in Belfast.

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. Many of the doors can be found on the stunning Causeway Coast.

There are a lot more Game of Thrones Filming locations to explore, for more information Go to www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones

 

Getting around the Doors

Visiting these locations in Northern Ireland couldn’t be easier. The best way to see the doors is to book a rental car and explore at their own pace. Download the Game of Thrones location app and start planning a self drive itinerary. A number of Game of Thrones locations are nearby the doors allowing you to really savour the experience with food and drink.

Eating out

The Scullery Bar and Restaurant at the Hedges Hotel and walking distance from the Dark Hedges Experience Centre offers good quality meals at a reasonable cost.

Planning your trip

Need more information to help organise the details of your trip to Northern Ireland, then visit these pages for maps and more information.

https://discovernorthernireland.com/globalassets/about-ni/plan-your-trip/maps-and-brochures/205777-tni-online-visitor-guide-2015-v2.pdf

https://discovernorthernireland.com/

 
 

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