The final season of Game of Thrones is upon us (t-minus one week as we are writing this!) and as many of you probably know, the epic tale of dragons and Whitewalkers is filmed in Northern Ireland for a majority of the scenes. Specifically, GoT is filmed at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, although locations in Africa and across Europe have also been used throughout the seasons.
Ireland, however, sets the scene for the majority of the iconic scenes in Game of Thrones. If you are a big Game of Thrones fan like us and are planning a trip to Ireland in the near future, you are going to want to check out these iconic filming locations for the show.
- The Dark Hedges. Located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, these iconic beech trees are probably the most widely known filming location in Ireland. Through traffic is now banned from the row due to the increase of tourists to the spot known by GoT fans as Kingsroad.
- Tollymore Forest. Located in County Down, this lovely forested area was the setting for one of the first scenes ever in Game of Thrones – when Robb, Bran and Jon find their Direwolf pups in the first episode. Fun fact: oak wood from this forest was also used in the interior of the Titanic.
- Cushendun Caves. Located in County Antrim, these caves may be recognized as the place where the Red Priestess gives birth to the shadow creature. In real life, the caves were once a landing place for those traveling between Ireland and Scotland.
- Downhill Beach. Located in County Derry in the northernmost tip of Ireland, this beach is also known to GoT fans more commonly as the shores of Dragonstone.
- Larrybane. This quarry in Northern Ireland is also home to the famous Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge that you can cross (if the weather is right) while visiting. It was almost the filming location for Renly Baratheon’s camp and where Brienne of Tarth is introduced.
- Castle Ward. One of the most famous locations inside of the world of Game of Thrones is, of course, Winterfell. And Castle Ward was transformed into Winterfell for the show’s duration! You can visit Castle Ward now and participate in many GoT-esque activities, like archery and even dress up as the Starks.
- Ballintoy Harbor. Located in a small fishing village in County Antrim, the harbor was the filming location where Theon Greyjoy returns home after many years away.
These locations, along with many other Game of Thrones filming locations, are amazing places to visit while in Ireland, even if you’re not a GoT fan. Start planning your Ireland vacation today by sending us a email at email@example.com.