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Game of Thrones Territory

Journey into the heart of Winterfell, Dragonstone, Vaes Dothrak... and Northern Ireland

The Children

We’ve reached the end of Game of Thrones for another season, and it was a cracker. Swords, crossbows, magic, daggers and dragons all contributed to the brutal finale. Jon Snow meets a King, Khaleesi makes a tough decision about her children and the bells toll in King's Landing. But saying goodbye to Westeros doesn’t mean saying goodbye to Northern Ireland…

So you’re never far from a Game of Thrones location here. Like the Dothraki grasslands of the Shillanavogy Valley in Country Antrim, the King's Road that leads past the Dark Hedges and on to Armoy. Go forth – and explore…

Welcome to the Seven Kingdoms

Westeros Territory

Northern Ireland, where the Seven Kingdoms come alive and the landscapes are living fantasy

Time to start your own Westeros journey

This is where it all happens – the bloody battles, the devastating shipwrecks, the dramatic births and betrothals...

In Antrim, it's a dark descent into the 400 million-year-old Cushendun caves, where sorceress Melisandre gave birth to a shadow baby. At Londonderry’s Mussendun Temple, the 120ft-high cliffs plummet to Downhill Beach, otherwise known as Dragonstone, and where Stannis Baratheon watched as the Seven Idols of Westeros burned.

The brooding 18th-century Castle Ward in County Down may be familiar to you as Winterfell. Overlooking Strangford Lough, this is the house of Stark where Ned greeted King Robert on his arrival.

You've found Westeros – but this time it's real.

Northern Ireland in ruins

Around the timeworn ruins of Inch Abbey, County Down, you’ll stumble upon the Riverlands area and its grim landmark, The Twins. And neighbouring Castle Ward home to House Stark. Game of Thrones breathes new life into these ancient monuments, many of which had remained untouched for centuries… even by dragons.

Fantasy and fact

Sometimes fact can be stranger than fantasy. Take the Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, or the medieval Dunluce Castle, precariously perched on a cliff-top. In 1534, a woman in white was seen gazing at the sunset, before disappearing over the cliff’s edge. Years later, locals saw her walking the shore below. In Northern Ireland, fantasy and fact become one.

Natural splendor

The rolling hills and coastal shores of Northern Ireland have helped create some of the show’s most memorable moments. Nomadic Dothraki roamed the lush grasslands of Shillanavogy Valley, County Antrim. Deep in the Cushendun Caves, Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre embarked on their grave mission. Why use CGI when everything you need is right here?

Game of Thrones - The Exhibition

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition (11 - 15 June) returns to Belfast Waterfront in Northern Ireland this year. Free of charge, the 2014 exhibition includes weapons, costumes and artefacts from the HBO series. See the coveted Iron Throne or pose beneath your favourite House banner. True Game of Thrones fan won’t want to miss this. #GOTExhibit

Good To Know

  • Fancy a guided tour? McComb's qualified guides run tours on Weds, Sat and Sun, leaving Belfast at 9am, and returning at 6pm.
  • Are you an archer? Winterfell, otherwise known as Castle Ward, offers Game of Thrones archery lessons to test your skills!
  • Steenson's Économusée: Glenarm, County Antrim, artisan workshop has crafted many pieces for the series - including Joffrey Baratheon’s crown. Visit the family-run goldsmiths for a tour of the workshop.
  • Check out our great deals to get you to Northern Ireland and the locations that make Game of Thrones territory.
  • Following our three-day Game of Thrones itinerary? Game of Thrones signage is being placed at key locations to make getting around easier.
On location: season one

Season one gave us shady dealings and a heap of beheadings. And on our three-day Game of Thrones itinerary, you can see just where the Night’s Watch deserter was decapitated near Cairncastle, County Antrim. Where vicious Gregor Clegane chopped off his stallion’s head and even where the dreaded White Walkers left a trail of heads in Tollymore Forest Park.

On location: season two

Season two and no one was safe. Winterfell (Castle Ward in County Down) was torn asunder as Catelyn travelled to Storm’s End, otherwise known as Larrybane in north County Antrim, and witnessed the collapse of House Baratheon. We also saw Lady Melisandre give birth to the shadow creature at Cushendun Caves on the County Antrim coast… and we all know how that turned out.

On location: season three

Season three and the lands remained locked in bloody civil war. Ballintoy Harbor, County Antrim, morphed into the Iron Islands and it was here that Theon made his devastating decision. The White Walkers were on the move, too, leaving the lands between Winterfell and the Wall, aka Tollymore Forest Park, far behind them. Want to follow their route?

LAZY DUBLIN DAYS

Head to Dublin for a uniquely Irish take on life. It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping, eating out, exploring the lanes or visiting some of the sights, because a good time is never far away.