The Dark Hedges

The Home of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and successful fantasy TV series ever made. Filming of seasons one to eight took place in around 25 locations around Northern Ireland including Titanic Studios in Belfast, Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay, Ballintoy Harbour, Larrybane, Antrim plateau, Castle Ward, Inch Abbey and Downhill Strand. Get the full experience and tour the HBO Game of Thrones Northern Ireland filming locations while you are here. Our rugged coast lines, historic castles and breathtaking scenery is the perfect setting for the epic story. All of these locations are within easy reach of Belfast.

Take a drive and discover them for yourself with our Game of Thrones Driving Tour Map!

*This blog is independently operated by Visit Belfast. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with ‘Game of Thrones’.

Game of Thrones Driving Tour Map

Jump in the car and take a self-guided tour of these top filming locations. Explore Winterfell and the Riverlands in County Down; or drive along the King’s Road and experience more of the Seven Kingdoms in County Antrim.

  • Route 1: County Down: Winterfell Castle, Winterfell Forest and the Riverlands
  • Route 2: County Antrim and County Derry/Londonderry: King’s Road, Melissandre’s cave, Iron Islands, Riverlands
  • Route 3: Game of Thrones Doors: Located near filming locations in County Down, County Londonderry, County Antrim, Belfast and Fermanagh.

County Down

The Gate of Castle Ward

Castle Ward

The Georgian farmyard and lough shore at this National Trust property set the scene for Winterfell. Find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men.

Discover Winterfell for yourself! The National Trust has reopened their outdoor spaces following closures for COVID-19. Book your visit at nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward.

The Ruins of Inch Abbey Monestry used in as a film location in Game of Thrones

Inch Abbey

This medieval building was used as the set for the Riverlands scenes, where Robb Stark’s army wait at the Trident to cross.

Tollymore Forest

Tollymore Forest Park

North of Winterfell, fans will recognise the woodland where Nightwalkers were spotted and the Direwolf pups were found.

County Antrim and County Derry/Londonderry

Sallagh Braes The Riverlands

Sallagh Braes

The Sallagh Brae is part of the Glens of Antrim and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering dramatic scenery. Close to the village of Ballygally, Sallagh Brae can be accessed by following the Ulster Way footpath. You’ll recognise the landscape from Game of Thrones Episode 7 Season 6: The Broken Man when Sandor Clegane, the Hound, after survived being left to die by Arya Stark now lives a peaceful existence with a band of villagers in the Riverlands.

Cushendun Caves featured in Game of Thrones

Cushendun Caves

Find the caves here where Melisandre gave birth to her ‘shadow baby’ along the Antrim Coast in an area portrayed as the Stormlands.

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

Drive along the King’s Road which led Ned Stark to his death and Arya Stark away from King’s Landing. This is probably one of the most photographed landmarks on the Game of Thrones Map and a hidden road on the way to Bushmills.

Larrybane Quarry used as a filming location in Game Of Thrones

Larrybane Quarry

Larrybane bay on the North Antrim Coast, protected by Sheep Island and a shallow reef, is one of the most sheltered and scenic locations along the Causeway Coast. From the cliffs above Larrybane the magnificent coastline can be viewed including Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Its old quarry set the scene for our introduction of Brienne of Tarth in season two, when she fought Ser Loras Tyrell in a tournament in front of King Renly in front of his new wife and queen, Margaery Tyrell.

Ballintoy Harbour Game of Thrones Filming Location

Ballintoy Harbour

The harbour in the small village of Ballintoy, County Antrim, featured as the Free Cities where Varys was born and as the coastal nook where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands, admires his ship and where he first meets his sister Yara. It is the most northerly point of the Antrim Coast and Glens coastline which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Downhill Beach in the Sunset

Downhill Strand

Melisandre burned the old gods on Dragonstone, otherwise known as Downhill Strand in County Londonderry, a scenic beach dominated by the elegant 18th century ruins of Mussenden Temple.

Game of Thrones Filming Location Binevenagh was featured as the Dothraki Grasslands

Binevenagh

On the edge of the Antrim plateau, Binevenagh boasts panoramic views stretching for miles. The location was chosen for the Dothraki Sea far above the city of Meereen, where Daenerys is rescued by her dragon Drogon and brought to his lair.

Find a full list of filming locations on ireland.com >>

Game of Thrones Doors Driving Tour

Take a driving tour to find the 10 wooden doors hidden throughout Northern Ireland that commemorate Game of Thrones! Interesting fact – the doors are made of wood from fallen trees at the Dark Hedges (the filming location used for the King’s Road), which was damaged by winds during Storm Gertrude in 2016.

Each of the doors, which were crafted by Tourism Northern Ireland, tells the story of the episodes in Season 6. They capture some of the series’ most exciting moments, while simultaneously preserving a piece of history from the show’s most iconic filming location. Hop in the car and see if you can find them all!

Game of Thrones Door 1 Cuan Strangford Westeros Map

1. The Cuan

Strangford, County Down
Find Door 1 at the Cuan in Strangford, County Down. The door pictures the opening title sequence and a map of Westeros.

Game of Thrones Door 2 Fiddlers Green Portaferry

2. Fiddler’s Green

Portaferry, County Down
Door 2 is in the Fiddler’s Green at Portaferry, County Down. It shows the rising conflicts between the Houses of Bolton and Greyjoy. Spot the Kracken and flayed man included in the intricate design.

Game of Thrones Door 3 Percy French Inn Newcastle

3. Percy French Inn

Newcastle, County Down
Further south on the coast of County Down, the third door can be found in Percy French in the seaside town of Newcastle. It includes as ship’s departure from the Iron Island’s and a lone direwolf above Winterfell.

Game of Thrones Door 4 Blakes of Hollow

4. Blakes of the Hollow

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Door 4 is in Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen. The door reveals House Targaryen’s return to power with domineering dragons.

Game of Thrones Door 5 Owens Bar Limavady White Walker Night King Owens Bar

5. Owens' Bar

Limavady, County Londonderry
Door 5 pictures the dreaded Night King surrounded by White Walkers, telling of the coming battle between the living and the dead. Find the door at Owens Bar in Limavady. (Please note, this bar may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Game of Thrones Door 6 Fullerton Arms Ballintoy

6. Fullerton Arms

Ballintoy, County Antrim
The sixth door is in Ballintoy, a small harbour town on the Causeway Coast used as a filming location for the Iron Islands. This door features the fearsome dragon Drogon with Dothraki stallions, symbolising the Dothraki allegiance with Queen Daenerys.

Game of Thrones Door 7 Dark Hedges Estate]

7. Dark Hedges Estate

Stranocum, Ballymoney County Antrim
Door 7 shows the Three-Eyed Raven to remind of events of the past soon to affect the present, while a beech leaf in a crown reminds of the nearby King’s Road. Find it in the Dark Hedges Estate near its namesake location in County Antrim.

Game of Thrones Door 8 Mary McBrides Cushendun

8. Mary McBride’s

Cushendun, County Antrim
You’ll find Door 8 in Mary McBride’s in Cushendun. It tells of Arya Stark’s journey in the city of Braavos and features the Faceless Man coin and her trusted sword Needle, while the words “Valar morghulis. Valar dohaeris” dominate the centre.

Game of Thrones Door 9 Ballygally Castle

9. Ballygally Castle

Ballygally, County Antrim
The ninth door at Ballygally Castle contains symbols of House Stark and House Bolton, swords, shields and the bloodied face of a Direwolf, representing the unforgettable Battle of the Bastards.

Game of Thrones Door 10 Dark Horse

10. The Dark Horse

Belfast
Finish your road trip in Belfast where the tenth door lies in wait at the Dark Horse pub in the Cathedral Quarter. The door shows how things are left at the end of Season 6, with the Lannister lion ruling over the Sept of Baelor while Stark and Targaryen sigils hint of secrets Jon Snow’s parentage yet to be revealed.

Game of Thrones Tours

Game of Thrones Sightseeing Tour

If you’d rather have a guided tour (and possibly dress up in Stark attire), leave the car behind and take a Game of Thrones sightseeing tour. Browse all bus, coach and taxi sightseeing tours below.

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