Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Let’s face it, Game of Thrones is one of the best TV shows since sliced bread. Everyone and their Grandmother watches it. And if you don’t, then you probably need to consider whether you’re legitimately stuck in 2009. Not only does it sport amazing acting and storylines, the set design is spot on and a huge part of that is the locations. Game of Thrones is filmed all around Europe including Iceland, Croatia, Spain and of course Northern Ireland.

Last week, I had a lovely weekend away in Dublin with my mother and because we’re both big Game of Thrones fans (her more than me) we decided to spend one of these days on a tour around the Game of Thrones film locations.

The Game of Thrones film locations we visited…

Cushendun Caves

Set the scene: Season 2, where Melisandre gives birth to the Shadow baby.

Cushendun Caves is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Cushendun Caves is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Cushendun Caves is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Larrybane

Set the scene: Renly Baratheon’s Camp in Season 2.

Larrybane is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Larrybane is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Larrybane is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour

Set the scene: Pyke, the Iron Islands when Theon Greyjoy meets his sister Yara for the first time.

Ballintoy Harbour is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Dark Hedges

Set the scene: Season 2, the King’s Road when Ayra escapes King’s Landing as a boy.

Dark Hedges is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

Dark Hedges is one of the Game of Thrones Film Locations in Northern Ireland

…And the one’s we didn’t…

Downhill Beach

Set the scene: Dragonstone in Season 2 where the old Gods are burned on the beach.

Courtesy of Photomap Ben
Courtesy of Photomap Ben

Murlough Bay (though we did drive along this beach)

Set the scene: This bay also acts as the Iron Islands in Season 3 when Theon Greyjoy rides a horse with his sister.

Murlough Bay
Courtesy of Kyle Monahan

Castle Ward

Set the scene: Winterfell in Season 1, this is where Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon meet and also where Bran and Osha’s scenes take place.

Courtesy of Amanda Slater
Courtesy of Amanda Slater

Audley’s Field

Set the scene: In Season 1 when Robert Baratheon arrives in Winterfell. Also Robb’s camp in Season 2 and where Alton Lannister and Jaime are held captive in Season 2.

Courtesy of Alc18ar
Courtesy of Alc18ar

River Quoile

Set the scene: In Season 1, this is where Robb needs to cross the Trident and also where Catelyn and Robb learn of Ned Stark’s death.

Courtesy of Conall
Courtesy of Conall

Tollymore Forest Park

Set the scene: This is the Forest right at the very beginning of Season 1 where the Direwolf puppies are found.

Courtesy of Phil Rogers
Courtesy of Phil Rogers

Pollnagollum Cave

Set the scene: The cave where Beric Dondarrion used as a hideout in Season 3.

Courtesy of {SeaN}
Courtesy of {SeaN}

Magheramore Quarry

This location isn’t open to the public (in fact, HBO and the Northern Irish tourist board have a very strict agreement that no tours can go to this quarry) and that’s because it’s still in use, it’s the location of Castle Black and the home of the Night’s Watch! So I could only get this crappy picture as the tour bus drove passed the location.

Castle Black

As gorgeous as these locations are, it’s interesting how much CGI is used to morph them into Westeros but, to me at least, they never look fake or overdone.

Have you ever been to any of the Game of Thrones locations? Do they look just as magical in real life?

I went on a tour with Finn McCools tour company from Dublin. If you want more information on the particular tour I took, click here. Note: I’ve heard Game of Thrones tour are much better if you leave from Belfast.

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Rebecca

I’m the human and hair behind Almost Ginger. I’m a cinephile travel obsessive vegetarian currently residing in Manchester.

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