Having witnessed the epic battles, unexpected road trips and even deadly dragons, it is now time for the real life experience. With so much Game of Thrones action captured in Northern Ireland, this is about as close to the Seven Kingdoms you can get without losing your head.
It’s here you can follow the footsteps of Jon Snow through timeworn landscapes or grab a bow and learn how to shoot like a wildling. You can sail the same waters as Tyrion and Jorah, train with broadswords and behold where the Iron Throne sits.
Featured Scene Locations
Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down
Tollymore Forest Park was featured in the first episode of Season 1. It covers an area almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. It is home to trees, woodlands, streams, grottos and caves and offers panoramic views of the sea at nearby Newcastle.
You might remember this haunting forest from the scene in which a member of the Night’s Watch rides through the snowy forest and stumbles upon dismembered Wildling bodies.
Riverrun, River Quoile, Co. Down
Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, this historic site is used as the location of the Twins in the Riverlands. The River Quoile is featured in a couple of key points in Season 1.
It is here that Robb’s army needs to cross the Trident, so Catelyn Stark goes to bargain with Walder Frey to seek permission. In the next episode, it’s the place where Catelyn and Robb learn of Ned’s beheading and declare, “We will kill them all”.
Audley’s Field, Strangford Lough
Lots of drama unfolds in Audley’s Field and Castle by Strangford Lough. Visit and you can even explore Robb’s Trail, one of two Game Of Thrones self-guided cycling tours provided by Clearsky Adventure Centre in the Castle Ward Estate.
Audley’s Field was used during Season 1 as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. It’s the backdrop of Robb’s Camp in Season 2 and the place where he first meets Talisa.
Winterfell, Castle Ward, Co. Down
Castle Ward, which may be more familiar as Winterfell, overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough. Inside this beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find the spectacular house, an exotic sunken garden and a haunting woodland.
Castle Ward is the prime location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding Winterfell in the North. This is where King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive and are met by the Starks in Season 1.
The King’s Road, Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim
The Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees, planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. Today, they remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.
They live up to their haunting name in Season 2. These spectacular trees line the King’s Road as Ayra Stark makes her escape from King’s Landing. Disguised as a boy.
The Stormlands, Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim
The caves at Cushendun were formed over a period of 400 million of years and are a product of extreme weather conditions. They can be found just beyond this beautiful coastal village next to the Cave House.
In Season 2, Cushendun is where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby after being brought ashore by Davos Seaworth.
Storm’s End, Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim
Located in North East County Antrim, Murlough Bay is an awe-inspiring location. Murlough is best known for its outstanding beauty, remoteness and views across the sea to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre.
Murlough Bay becomes the Iron Islands in Season 3. This is the spot where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara. It’s also the spot where Davos Seaworth is shipwrecked after the battle of Blackwater Bay.
Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim
Ballintoy is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the North Antrim Coast between the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This stunning harbour location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.
This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.
Larrybane, Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim
Located along the stunning North Coast close to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge lies Larrybane headland, which used to stretch out towards Sheep Island. Its large caves once served as a home to boat builders and a safe haven from winter storms
Larrybane was the dramatic spot chosen for Renly Baratheon’s camp in Season 2. This is where Catelyn Stark agrees to a treaty with Renley on behalf of her son Robb.
Dragonstone, Downhill Beach, Co. Londonderry
One of the most iconic locations, Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand and surf located on the Causeway Coast. This magnificent location is home to Mussenden. Downhill was illuminated and transformed into Dragonstone in Season 2.
This is the spot where the old gods burn on the beach, where Stannis pulls the flaming sword and Melisandre chants: “For the night is dark and full of terrors”.
Here’s a pic of Joe keeping the ego at bay on a GoT throne…