With world class attractions, food and drink, Belfast is perfect for a weekend getaway. And as one of the primary filming locations for the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, it’s an ideal destination for Thrones-lovers to get their fix of TV trivia.
Take a sightseeing tour to explore the rolling hills and medieval castles across Northern Ireland that became the stage for the Seven Kingdoms; or wander through Titanic Quarter, home to the studios where some of the most iconic scenes were filmed. Between your adventures stop for an ale in a traditional pub and feast in one of city’s many restaurants.
Belfast is easy to get to. It’s two hours from Dublin by car, bus or train and you can fly from over 20 airports in Great Britain, with flights from London taking just one hour and 20 minutes.
6pm – Escape to Westeros
Check in to your hotel and head to GoT to Escape. This Game of Thrones inspired escape room is the only one of its kind in Belfast, offering 60-minute games for up to five players. Piece together clues to make your way through the world of Westeros; the perfect way to prepare for the adventures ahead.
7 pm – Dinner
Or go to Buba for Eastern Mediterranean or EDŌ for fusion cuisine; both have tapas style dishes for feast-style sharing. Muddlers Club boasts delicious tasting menus in a cool atmosphere, with an open kitchen that adds a sense of theatre.
9pm – Cathedral Quarter Bars
After dinner delve into the Cathedral Quarter, a labyrinth of cobblestoned alleyways full of lively pubs and bars.
Visit The Dark Horse café and bar (open late on weekends), where you’ll find one of the famous Game of Thrones doors. Crafted from fallen trees from the Dark Hedges (King’s Road), the ten doors dotted around Northern Ireland represent different aspects of the series. The door at The Dark Horse celebrates the filming that took place in Belfast.
8am - Game of Thrones Sightseeing Tours
Book on to the Belfast Iron Islands and Giant’s Causeway Adventure with Game of Thrones Tours. After meeting your guide at Jury’s Inn, you’ll follow the rugged coastline to key filming locations including Cushendun Caves (Melisandra’s Cave), Ballintoy (the Iron Islands) and the Dark Hedges (King’s Road). The tour also stops at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Giant’s Causeway.
Lunch is served in Fullerton Arms which boasts another of the Game of Thrones doors. And most importantly, you’ll be kitted out with Iron Island costumes and replica swords for the whole journey.
9.30pm – Beer Gardens
Finish the day with a craft beer in one of the Belfast’s beer gardens. Visit the bustling Dublin Road and stop in Filthy McNastys, a quirky bar with a ‘Secret Garden’ decorated with water features and open fires. Across the street is traditional Irish pub, The Points or visit Parlour Bar for DJs and a lively atmosphere.
11am – Winterfell Tours
Travel to Castle Ward for a day of sightseeing and Game of Thrones activities with Winterfell Tours. Located just 40 minutes from Belfast, the property was used as the setting of Winterfell in the hit TV series and boasts loads of things to do.
See where Bran fell from Winterfell Castle and venture into the Whispering Wood. Or take a lesson on the Winterfell archery range, where you can dress up in Stark costumes, learn to shoot an arrow and hear insider filming facts from the instructors. You can also take a cycling tour of the filming locations and even meet the dogs that played the Starks’ Direwolves.
2pm – Lunch and Inch Abbey
Drive to nearby Downpatrick for lunch in The Cuan, a family-run restaurant with a Game of Thrones banqueting menu (book ahead) and another of the famous Game of Thrones doors. On the way back to Belfast stop at Inch Abbey, the ruins of a monastic site used to film the Riverlands scenes where Robb Stark’s army waited at the Trident to cross.
...Or Visit the Exhibition
If you’re visiting between 11 April and 1 September 2019, return to Belfast after your Winterfell tour for Game of Thrones™: The Touring Exhibition at Titanic Exhibition Centre. This is the largest ever Game of Thrones® public display combining costumes, authentic props and majestic settings from all seven seasons to create an interactive and immersive Game of Thrones® experience like no other.
6pm – Titanic Quarter
Finish your weekend in the city’s notorious Titanic Quarter. The studios where much of Game of Thrones was filmed over a 10-year period are next to Titanic Slipways, where Titanic stood before taking its maiden journey. Walk the maritime mile, frequented by the stars of the show during filming seasons, and indulge in a delicious meal in Titanic Hotel’s Wolf Grille or bar.
*This blog is independently operated by Visit Belfast. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with ‘Game of Thrones’.