Winterfell Festival

Sep 16 2018
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Castle Ward Castle Ward, Belfast,

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Winterfell is coming! Visitors to Winterfell Festival 2018 will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell and experience theatrical re-enactments of scenes from George RR Martin's first novel in the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Visitors can join the crowds and soak up the atmosphere at the King’s Tournament Games where jousting and enthralling film-set stunts and tricks will make a spectacle fit for entertaining royalty.

Winterfell Festival returns to Castle Ward on Sunday 16 September 2018, transforming this historic estate, cared for by the National Trust, into Winterfell, home of the Stark family for one day only.

Having gained global recognition as the filming location for Winterfell, House of Stark, in series one of the popular HBO programme, Castle Ward is now the location for Ireland’s only Game of Thrones inspired festival. Day tickets for Winterfell Festival cost £25 with access to a full programme of events and entertainment including theatrical performances, live jousting, falconry, archery, a medieval village and Dire Wolves (yes, you can meet the actual dogs who played Summer and Grey Wind in the TV show!)

Last year’s event drew thousands of people to the shore of Strangford Lough and this year’s festival has even bigger appeal with a gripping event story line that sees the residents of Winterfell living under a cloud of fear as White Walker’s approach the wall.

Through theatrical re-enactments, ticket holders will experience a Winterfell where tensions are high as tales of ancient peoples, once thought extinct, rattle the residents. Throughout the day actors will play the roles of central Game of Throne characters, recreating scenes from George R. R. Martin’s novels at various locations around the estate. Meet The Hound and learn how to wield a sword; see if you can solve Kimmick, Bard to Lord Stark’s riddles; watch Maester Luwin perform a medical demonstrations; hear King Robert regale tales of the Nights’ Watch and follow Jon Snow to Castle Black, avoiding White Walkers as you go.

The White Walkers may not be far away but that hasn’t stopped the entertainment! Visitors can join the crowds and soak up the atmosphere at the King’s Tournament Games where skilled horse riders will perform enthralling film-set stunts and tricks fit for entertaining royalty. Full contact jousting, sword fighting and falconry will add to the atmosphere, creating an unforgettable event.

Two of the original Stark family Dire Wolf dogs will also be making a special appearance. The Stark’s Grey Wind and Summer are known as Odin and Thor in the real world and are the closest thing to real wolves you’ll ever meet!

Festival goers who purchase an additional ‘meet the actor’ ticket, will have the opportunity to join an intimate audience with stars from the Game of Thrones TV series. Details of the actors and the tickets for this additional element of the festival will be announced later this summer.

Tickets for Winterfell 2018 are now on sale - £25 adult, children £10 (5-16), under 5s free. Family ticket £65 (2 adults and 2 children), available to buy in person from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre (9 Donegall Square North, Belfast), by phoning 028 9024 6609 or online at
Shuttle Bus from Belfast

Book now for travel on our coach special to the Winterfell Festival in Castle Ward on 16th September 2018 from Europa Bus Centre. Visit to find out more.

This event is independently operated by the National Trust and is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.