Northern Ireland is the principle location for filming of this hit HBO series that continues to draw viewers in with its unpredictability and stunning locations.
- Winterfell and the Godswood where Catelyn informed Ned that the King was coming and Maester Luwin met his end
- Riverrun where the Blackfish showed his nephew how to light Lord Hoster’s funeral pyre
- the Dothraki Grasslands where Daenerys learned how to be a Khaleesi
- the King’s road where Arya escaped King’s Landing following her father’s beheading
- the beach where Melisandre burned the Seven and Stannis pulled Lightbringer from the flames
- the horse rides where Theon Greyjoy awkwardly met his sister or was chased by Ramsay Snow following his release
- Davos’ rescue following the Battle of the Blackwater and Melisandre’s “shadow baby”.
All of these and many more key scenes found life in Northern Ireland. Take a look at the tour we have laid out below to see how you can see more key scenes from Game of Thrones before your very eyes on your trip to Northern Ireland.
- Winterfell and the Godswood
- The Dothraki Grasslands
- The King’s road
- The beach where Stannis pulled Lightbringer from the flames
- Pyke and the Iron Islands
- Giant’s Causeway
- Titantic Belfast
- Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum
Inclusions & Extras
Hertz automatic economy car (Group E) with:
- Unlimited mileage
- Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
- Theft protection (TP),
- Value added tax (VAT)
- Third party liability
- Location service charge (LSC)
- O’Callaghan Davenport (1)
- Brown Trout Inn (2)
- Clayton Hotel Belfast (2)
- Slieve Donard (1)
- Deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
- Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.
- Visitor Attractions
- Room Upgrades
- Car Upgrade
- Chauffeur Driver
- City Tours
- Travel Protection
Day 1: Arrive & Stay in Dublin
Arrive at Dublin airport. You will have plenty of time to explore the city. While it is not the home to any scenes from the show, there is still certainly plenty of history from the time that Game of Thrones would be based on.
The Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript famous throughout the world, is housed at Trinity College. Glasnevin Museum provides a rich history and features a who’s who of modern Irish history including Daniel O’ Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Countess Markievicz, Erskine Childers, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Dublin Castle and the GPO also provide plenty of history about Dublin’s storied past.
Overnight at O’Callaghan Davenport
Day 2: Newgrange & Drogheda
Today is a free day with no Game of Thrones sites but there is plenty to see and do on your way to your hotel. You may also wish to spend some time learning about some of the most bloody and important battles in Ireland’s more recent history, including the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 where 61,000 soldiers clashed. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and Religious power in Ireland. A short detour near Drogheda will bring you to Newgrange, a passage tomb/ancient temple that is over 5,000 years old. It is said to have held major religious significance when it was built – not quite a sept or godswood but will certainly get you in the mood.
Overnight at Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn
Day 3: Dragonstone & Pyke
Take a stroll on Dragonstone or Downhill Strand as it is locally known. It is on this beach that Melisandre burned the Seven and Stannis Baratheon pulled Lightbringer from the flames. Next take some time in the real world that feels like fantasy with Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway where 40,000 hexagonal basalt rock columns dominate the seascape. It’s said giants had a hand in their creation. Admire medieval Dunluce Castle, perched precariously on its clifftop. In 1534, a mysterious woman in white was seen gazing at the sunset, before disappearing over the cliff’s edge. Years later, locals used to see her walking the shore below. Continue to relive scenes at Ballintoy Harbour. This sleepy little port was transformed into the rugged Iron Islands for Theon’s homecoming scene. Parts of the beach here were also used to depict Dragonstone.
Slightly west from here is Murlough Bay, and the setting for Theon’s uncomfortable reunion with his sister Yara; and the scene where Davos is rescued by a passing ship following the Battle of the Blackwater. Return to your hotel.
Overnight at Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn
Day 4: Beheading & Dothraki Sea
Today you cover quite a bit of ground, striking out along the coast you will be jumping all over the maps of Westeros and Essos today. Head north toward Ballycastle. You will recognize the stretch of road that ended season one. Arya Stark on the King’s Road having left King’s Landing on her way back to Winterfell. Move further South through Cushendall and onto Cushenden Caves which played host to one of the most terrifying scenes in the entire show. Ser Davos Seaworth brought the Red Woman ashore and in the caves she gave birth to the shadow baby that would eventually murder Renly Baratheon. You will then go make your way to Cairncastle where Ned Stark administered the King’s Justice to the Night’s Watch deserter in the very first episode. From there you will go west “across the Narrow Sea” to Shillanavogy Valley where the Dothraki led by Khal Drogo set up camp during season one. Continue on to Belfast.
Overnight at Clayton Hotel Belfast
Day 5: Titanic Belfast & Shane’s Castle
After a Game of Thrones filled day yesterday, you will get take a little break this morning. As well as Titanic Belfast (which we recommend everyone to go see), Belfast is also home to Titanic Studios. Many of the memorable interior scenes from Game of Thrones were shot here including anything in the Throne Room and the Sept of Baelor. This was also the home of the Red Wedding. Unfortunately, the studios are not open to the public but the amazing Game of Thrones Exhibit will make a long-awaited return to Belfast in the near future.
After you are done touring the city and have seen Titanic Belfast, you can take a trip out to Lough Neagh and Shane’s Castle which is used extensively during filming. It is where the Hand’s Tourney takes place and where Gregor Clegane kills his horse in one clean strike. The caverns beneath are used as the crypts underneath Winterfell, the Black Cells of King’s Landing, and Dragonstone’s dungeons. The bridge is the one where Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister have an epic duel before being captured by Roose Bolton’s men.You can spend a lot of time here and on the shores of Lough Neagh recognizing parts from the show.
Overnight at Clayton Hotel Belfast
Day 6: Winterfell and the Haunted Forest
Today you have a packed day of Game of Thrones exploring. You will creep along the shores of Strangford Lough. Make your way to Inch Abbey. Inch Abbey pops up in the show all the time and was the site where Catelyn Stark crossed the river to the Twins to treat with Walder Frey and make an ill-fated marriage pact. Hoster Tully’s funeral was also staged in the area as was the scene where Arya realizes that the Hound is taking her to her mother and brother and not to King’s Landing.
Castle Ward in County Down was used to depict the home of House Stark: Winterfell. This 18th century property was transformed for the memorable scene when Robert Baratheon and his court arrive in Winterfell. With both classical and gothic architecture inside and out, Castle Ward makes for a perfect afternoon’s adventuring. You can even take archery lessons on the actual set where Bran practiced in the very first episode. Nearby in Audley’s Field was where Robb set up camp and the Kingslayer was captured and subsequently released. Pop into the farmyard or walk along the shore of the lough before making your way to Newcastle.
Continue to your hotel on the edge of Tollymore Forest Park this was the site for the very opening scene of Game of Thrones so beware of White Walkers.
Overnight at Slieve Donard
Day 7: Return Home
Make your way to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.
This tour is independently operated by Crystal Travel & Tours. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with ‘Game of Thrones’.
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