Let us introduce you to the locations in Northern Ireland where HBO’s Game of Thrones creates a fantasy world worth dying for…
1. Belfast – Titanic Studios (now known as The Paint Hall)
Remember the goings-on in the Throne Room, the Sept of Baelor and the Eyrie? Well, many of the interiors on Game of Thrones are filmed at Titanic Studios.
2. Cushendun Caves, County Antrim
Storm’s End, or to be exact, the spot where Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed, and birthplace of the shadow baby…these swirling caves are where it all happened.
3. Murlough Bay, County Antrim
A treachourous place, all right, Murlough Bay has seen its serious share of Game of Thrones’ drama. It was the setting for Theon’s awkward horse ride with sister Yara, and also the place where Davos is rescued from the Fingers by a passing ship.
4. Ballintoy Harbour & rocky beach, County Antrim
Hard to believe this sleepy little harbour and beach could morph into the Iron Islands for Theon’s homecoming scene, and some areas around Dragonstone. But the makeover was seriously impressive. When standing on the stone walls staring out to sea, just think that it was at this very place that Theon was baptised in the name of the Drowned God.
5. Larrybane, north County Antrim
Wondering where to find the ancestral seat of House Baratheon: Storm’s End? Head for Larrybane, and the setting for the imposing fortress where Renly resided and Brienne of Tarth was introduced in a ‘tourney’ (tournament).
6. Downhill Strand, County Londonderry
Serious fans will have the burning of the seven old gods on Dragonstone etched into their memories. Downhill Strand is where this sinister ritual went down.
7. The Dark Hedges, near Armoy, County Antrim
Nature did HBO location scouts a huge favour when they found The Dark Hedges a striking avenue of arched beech trees near Armoy. In the world of Westeros, this moody trail becomes the treacherous King’s Road, where Arya disguised herself as a boy to avoid capture on the road to Winterfell.
The Dark Hedges
8. Shillanavogy Valley, below Slemish mountain, County Antrim
The first time we met the Khal and his future Khaleesi, it was in Shillanavogy Valley, which was used to recreate the Dothraki grasslands.
9. Antrim plateau near Cairncastle, County Antrim
Ned Stark knows the Antrim plateau all too well. It was on these rolling hills that he beheaded a Night’s Watch deserter, who warned of strange happenings beyond the Wall.
10. Castle Ward, the shore of Strangford Lough, County Down
Castle Ward and its lands were once House Stark. The lower part of the estate is where you’ll find Old Castle Ward, the 16th-century ruin that doubled as Winterfell. King Robert and his entourage arrived here in season one, and set in motion the entire deadly game.
11. Audley’s Field, near Castle Ward, County Down
Sitting on the shore of Strangford Lough, Audley’s Field has set the scene for plenty of Game of Thrones’ drama, including Robb’s camp, the capture (and release) of the Kingslayer, and Talisa tending to the wounded.
12. Inch Abbey, on the river Quoile outside Downpatrick, County Down
The monastic ruins at Inch Abbey were moulded into The Twins and the Riverlands. The Hoster Tully funeral was set here, and it’s also where the Hound and Arya journeyed towards the Red Fork.
13. Tollymore Forest Park, foothills of the Mourne Mountains, County Down
The verdant and vibrant Tollymore Forest Park is where Theon is stalked by Ramsay Snow, and has been used to depict the snow-covered lands between Winterfell and the Wall.
Tollymore Forest Park
Like the look of these locations? Explore more of Game of Thrones Territory, or get planning with our 3-day Game of Thrones itinerary.