Explore The Real-Life Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Northern Ireland

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Game of Thrones fans, are you ready for an adventure? Travel to Northern Ireland and visit filming locations of this famous series – from castles to forests to caves to beaches, and many more exciting locations.

Make your fantasies come alive as you see these exciting places in person!

Take your comrades or even your swords and shields with you if you need to on this Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Tour.

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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Northern Ireland

Castle Ward (Winterfell)

When you have a series called Games of Thrones, you’ll need to have some castles in there. Northern Ireland has lots of those and one of the most important castles in the series is Castle Ward. This has been chosen as one of the filming locations for Winterfell, home to the House of Stark.

Visitors can dress in Game of Thrones costume and have a go at archery in the courtyard where Jon Snow taught young Bran himself.

The Dark Hedges (King’s Road)

This enchanting road with rows of beech trees on both sides may look familiar to you as it has been one of the most photographed Game of Thrones locations. It is called the Dark Hedges, and is a road that leads to Gracehill House. The trees were planted by the Stuart Family in the 18th century. In the series, it is known as the King’s Road.

This is where young Arya Stark traveled on the back of a cart and also the road where Ned Stark was killed.

Cushendun Caves (Stormlands)

The Cushendun Caves is located in a beach at the mouth of River Dun. To access the caves, you may go on foot. Imagine, this is the place where Melisandre gave birth to the “shadow creature” in a cove in Stormlands.

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Tollymore Forest Park (Haunted Forest)

In the Tollymore Forest Park in Country Down you will find very old redwoods and Gothic stone arches. The forest park covers 600 acres and is the first state forest park in Northern Ireland. It’s featured in Game of Thrones as the lands around Winterfell where Ned Stark saw the direwolves. White Walkers were also seen in this Haunted Forest.

Downhill Beach (Dragonstone)

This beautiful beach in the north of Northern Ireland is the same area where you can find the 18th-century ruins of Mussenden Temple, one of the most popular buildings to photograph in the area. You can also do water sports and go walking along the coast of this seven-mile beach. In the series, it is Dragonstone, where Melisandre burned the effigies of the Seven Gods of Westeros.

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Inch Abbey

Near the River Quoile, you will find the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey established by John de Courcy in 1180. Here, you can have great views of Downpatrick from afar. This area is Riverrun in Game of Thrones and it is where Robb Stark’s army camped in season one.

Pollnagolum Cave

The Pollnagolum Cave is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in Belmore Forest in County Fermanagh. You can discover underground passages in this area. This cave was Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Game of Thrones.

Discover more filming locations when you visit Northern Island and imagine Game of Thrones scenes.

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