Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland has some fantastic and beautiful places. It is also an important place for Game of Thrones, which is currently one of the world’s best TV shows. Here is a fantastic guide created by discovernorthernireland.com which will guide any fan to the world of Game of Thrones.

Dragonstone, Downhill Beach, Co. Derry

One of the most iconic locations, Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand and surf located on the Causeway Coast. This magnificent location is home to Mussenden – a tiny temple perched dramatically on a 120ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean.

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Downhill was illuminated and transformed into Dragonstone in Season 2. This is the spot where the old gods burn on the beach, where Stannis pulls the flaming sword and Melisandre chants: “For the night is dark and full of terrors”.

Accommodation in the area:
Binevenagh View Cottage – 4 star

 The Stormlands, Larrybane, Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim
Located along the stunning North Coast close toCarrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge lies Larrybane headland, which used to stretch out towards Sheep Island. Its large caves once served as a home to boat builders and a safe haven from winter storms.
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Larrybane was the dramatic spot chosen for Renly Baratheon’s camp in Season 2. This is where Catelyn Stark agrees a treaty with Renley on behalf of her son Robb. You might remember Renly swearing he will avenge Ned’s death and bring Catelyn Joffrey’s head. And then the drama really starts to unfold…

Accommodation in the area:
Rope Bridge Cottage – 3 star

Pyke, The Iron Islands, Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim

Ballintoy is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the North Antrim Coast between the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This stunning harbour location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.

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This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.

Accommodation in the area:
Whitepark Bay Youth Hostel – 4 star

Storm’s End, Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim

Located in North East County Antrim, Murlough Bay is an awe-inspiring location. Murlough is best known for its outstanding beauty, remoteness and views across the sea to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre. Plus the cows that sometimes graze along the sandy dunes.

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Murlough Bay becomes the Iron Islands in Season 3. This is the spot where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara. It’s also the spot where Davos Seaworth is shipwrecked after the battle of Blackwater Bay.

Accommodation in the area:
Marcool Cottage – 3 star

The Stormlands, Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim

The caves at Cushendun were formed over a period of 400 million of years and are a product of extreme weather conditions. They can be found just beyond this beautiful coastal village next to the Cave House.

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In Season 2, Cushendun is where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby after being brought ashore by Davos Seaworthy.

Accommodation in the area:
Fisherman’s Cottage – 3 star

The King’s Road, Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim

The Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees, planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. Two hundred years later, the Dark Hedges remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

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The Dark Hedges live up to their haunting name in Season 2. These spectacular trees line the King’s Road as Ayra Stark makes her escape from King’s Landing. Disguised as a boy, Ayra travels with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and all the others off to join the Night Watch…

Accommodation in the area:
Annie’s Cottage – 3 star

Winterfell, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Castle Ward, which may be more familiar as Winterfell, overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough. Inside this beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find the spectacular house, an exotic sunken garden and a haunting woodland.Enjoy the popular Winterfell Castle Archery Movie Set Experience on-site.

 

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Castle Ward is the prime location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding Winterfell in the North. This is where King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive and are met by the Starks in Season 1. This is also the place where Bran and Osha’s scenes in Season 1 take place.

Accommodation in the area:
Potter’s Cottage – 4 star

Robb Stark’s Camp, Audley’s Field, Strangford Lough

Lots of drama unfolds in Audley’s Field and Castleby Strangford Lough. Visit and you can even explore Robb’s Trail, one of two Game Of Thrones self-guided cycling tours provided by Clearsky Adventure Centre in the Castle Ward Estate.

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Audley’s Field was used during Season 1 as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. It’s the backdrop of Robb’s Camp in Season 2 and the place where he first meets Talisa. Later on, Audley’s Field is where Alton Lannister is imprisoned with Jaime (and doesn’t live to tell the tale).

Accommodation in the area:
Slievemoyle Cottages – 4 star

Riverrun, River Quoile, Co. Down

Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, this historic site is used as the location of the Twins in the Riverlands.

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The River Quoile features at a couple of key points in Season 1. This is where Robb’s army needs to cross the Trident, so Catelyn Stark goes to bargain with Walder Frey to seek permission. In the next episode, it’s the place where Catelyn and Robb learn of Ned’s beheading and declare “We will kill them all”.

Accommodation in the area:
Dunnanelly Country house – 4 star

The Haunted Forest, Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down

Tullymore Forest Park, Co. Down
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Tollymore Forest Park, which was featured in the first episode of Season 1, covers an area almost 630 hectares at the foot of the beautiful Mourne Mountains. This romantic forest is home to trees, woodlands, streams, grottos and caves – and offers panoramic views of the sea at nearby Newcastle.

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You might remember this haunting forest from the scene in which a member of the Night’s Watch rides through the snowy forest and stumbles upon dismembered Wildling bodies. It’s also where Ned Stark and his boys come across the gored stag and find direwolf pups.

Accommodation in the area:
Widows Row – Slieve Donard Cottage – 3 star

Beric Dondarrion’s hideout, Pollnagollum Cave, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Co. Fermanagh

Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh. Its name is Irish for ‘Hole of the doves’. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. If you fancy catching a glimpse, you can follow the Belmore Forest walk which leads to a viewing point for the cave.

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The exterior of Pollnagollum Cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3.

Accommodation in the area:
Meadow View Apartment – 4 star

Credit to discovernorthernireland.com for this brilliant guide.

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