11 Epic Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Northern Ireland!

by | Dec 17, 2014 | Ireland, Latest Posts, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom | 13 comments

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The Northern Ireland countryside is incredibly beautiful. It’s so incredibly beautiful that the producers of Game of Thrones have returned to Northern Ireland once more to shoot scenes for Season 5 of the legendary television series.  The Causeway Coast locations are breathtaking and the ultimate stars of the Game of Thrones show. Check out these 11 amazing locations we discovered on our Game of Thrones Northern Ireland road trip!

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You can book a Game of Thrones day tour from Dublin and Belfast that will include the locations below and is a fantastic way to see everything in one day.

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1 | The King’s Road: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim

The stunning avenue of beech trees appeared in Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 1 when Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing disguised as a boy.

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2 | Storms End: Cushendun Caves, Co Antrim

Cushendun Caves are the spot where Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed ashore in Season 2 and the location of the birth of the shadow baby.

Outside the caves:Game of Thrones northern ireland locations ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundInside Storms End:Game of Thrones northern ireland locations ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundSeason 2, Episode 4

Where to stay on the Causeway Coast

  • Roe Park Resort: a great base for exploring the Causeway Coast the Roe Park Resort in Limavady offers spacious rooms, great dining options and golf and spa facilities for relaxation and is a 45 minute drive from the Giant’s Causeway check latest prices here!
  • Crowfield Country House: we love going local and staying in a traditional bed and breakfast. The beautiful Crowfield Country House is one of the best in the area and breakfast is a real treat – check latest prices here!
  • Causeway Hotel: located at the Giant’s Causeway the Causeway Hotel is a small hotel full of old world charm. Perfect for an early morning visit to the Giant’s Causeway – check latest prices here!

 

Click here for the best Causeway Coast hotel prices

3 | The Haunted Forest: Tollymore Forest Park, Co Down

Tollymore Forest Park features regularly in Game of Thrones. It’s the setting for The Haunted Forest where the Three Night’s Watch men encounter a White Walker and it is also the scene of Theon Grevjoys escape attempt when he is pursued by Ramsay Snow. Another notable scene from Tollymore Forest Park is Ned Stark finding the dead stag.

The gates to Tollymore:Game of Thrones northern ireland locations ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundThe forest:
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4 | Winterfell and Robb’s Camp: Audley’s Field, Strangford Lough, Co Down

Several scenes from Season 1 and Season 2 were shot at Audley’s Field. It is the backdrop for King Robert Baratheon’s arrival at Winterfell in Season 1 and Robb’s camp in Season 2. Robb first meets Talisa here and it’s where Alton Lannister was imprisoned.

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5 | The Stormlands: Larrybane, Co Antrim

Larrybane is the location where King Renly set up camp in The Stormlands during Season 2 and it’s where the tournament in which Brienne of Tarth was introduced took place.

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6 | Lordsport, Port of Pyke: Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim

Ballintoy harbour was the setting for Theon’s return to the Iron Islands as well as some of the areas around Dragonstone. It was here that Theon first met his sister Yara, was baptised in the name of the Drowned God and paid homage to the ship ‘Sea Bitch’.

Game of Thrones northern ireland locations ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundBallintoy Harbour;
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7 | Dragonstone: Downhill Beach, Co Londonderry

Downhill Beach serves as Dragonstone, the place where the seven gods of Westeros were sacrificed by Lady Melisandre.

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8 | The road to Pyke: Murlough Bay, Co Antrim

Murlough Bay is best known for Theon’s horse ride with his sister Yara and the scene where Davos Seaworth was shipwrecked after the Battle of Blackwater Bay.

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9 | Winterfell: Castle Ward, Co Down

Castle Ward features as Winterfell’s courtyard in Game of Thrones. King Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell and was met by Stark during Episode 1 and this was where they talked during the hunt in Episode 2. Castle Ward made a return in Episode 10 when Bran and Osha were at Winterfell.

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10 | Riverrun: River Quoile, Co. Down

The Riverlands are home to the Tully’s and the scenes of Hoster Tully’s funeral were shot along the River Quoile.

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11 | The Twins: Inch Abbey, Co Down

Inch Abbey is another regular in Game of Thrones. Robb Stark’s camp was located here in season one and it is where he was proclaimed the King of the North.

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13 Comments

  1. marie

    What beautiful photos of the places used

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    • David Murray

      Thanks Marie – and to think this is all on your doorstep!

      Reply
  2. Jonny Blair

    Hi David. I’ve never watched the show (not a fan) but this is a great article. I come from Northern Ireland so I do and I’m glad to see other travellers going there and writing about it. I visited Ballintoy Harbour recently and loved it. For fans of the TV show this would be an ideal tour of Northern Ireland. Safe travels. Jonny

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    • David Murray

      Hi Jonny, I’ve never read the books but love the show – you should give it a second chance! It was a lot of fun heading to the film locations for this post and really hit home how beautiful Northern Ireland really is. Everyone simply thinks of Belfast and the Giants Causeway when they think of visiting but there’s so much more! David

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  3. Katie Featherstone

    Wow, gorgeous scenery. I feel like it is somehow it must be even more magical in real life! Great shots!

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Katie! Glad you like the pics, the sights are stunning!

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    • Keith Kirkpatrick

      Just came back from the trip in Northern Ireland. Beautiful scenery, beautiful pictures yet you have to see it for real WOW!!!

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      • Elaine

        I’m a huge fan Keith! I think the coastline is some of the best I’ve seen on my travels. Glad you had a blast 🙂

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    • Char

      i have been to several of these last year…I would say Downhill Beach is the most beautiful. Northern Ireland itself was magnificent!!!

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      • David Murray

        Hi Char, Downhill Beach with Mussendun Temple is really special. Although it tricky to get to my favourite was Murlough Bay! If you get a chance make sure to check it out next time!

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  4. Saurabh

    awesome…..want to visit this country!

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  5. holly

    Hi David,

    Myself & my husband are coming over in October, I’m visiting some of the GOT locations suggested, and ive been trying to research as to if you know what episode the giants causeway features in as i’m actually creating a guidebook for my husband as a little extra. Your pictures are amazing. Thanks in advance.

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    • David Murray

      Hi Holly, delighted to hear you like the article and the photos. As far as I know no GOT scenes were filmed at the Giant’s Causeway itself. The closest filming location to the causeway might be Larrybane. Was there a scene you were looking for?

      Reply

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