Celebrate your favorite moments from the hit book and TV series Game of Thrones as you transport yourself to the mythical lands of the Seven Kingdoms on a Northern Ireland film site tour. Here are some of the top small-screen sites you can visit.
Castle Ward as Winterfell
Pretend you're part of House Stark for the day as you explore Castle Ward, an 18th-century mansion and historic farmyard. This picturesque estate has played the site for the Starks' Winterfell castle, the traditional center of power in Game of Thrones' Kingdom of the North. Most trips to Castle Ward depart as full-day excursions from Belfast.
Ballintoy Harbour as the Iron Islands
Join Theon Greyjoy and the Ironborn at Ballintoy Harbour, the traditional Game of Thrones filming location for the Iron Islands. The site's rocky coastline and picturesque harbor create the perfect scenery for the home of this fictional seafaring community. Most trips to Ballintoy depart on full-day excursions from Belfast, but a multi-day visit from Dublin is another option
Cushenden Caves as Melisandre's Birthing Cave
The picturesque caves just outside of Belfast served as the setting for the birth of priestess Melisandre's shadow baby in season two of the TV show. Visits to the site depart on full-day tours from Belfast, although multi-day trip options from Dublin are also available. Your tour may also take you to see Northern Ireland's Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and UNESCO-listed Giant's Causeway, neither of which would look out of place in the fictional world of Westeros.
Dark Hedges as Arya Stark's Escape Route
The picturesque tunnel of trees known as the Dark Hedges has become one of the most photographed sites in Northern Ireland. Stunning in bright sunlight, moody fog, and icy snowstorms, this site was featured in the TV show's second season as an escape route for Arya Stark as she departed King's Landing. The Dark Hedges are visited on some multi-day trips from Dublin and full-day excursions from Belfast.
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