The Home of Thrones
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and successful fantasy TV series ever made. Filming of seasons 1-7 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.
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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.
This small town has been used as the Free Cities where Varys was born and is the most northerly point of the Antrim Coast and Glens coastline which is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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.
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
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.
Featured as Winterfell, this National Trust property had sheds and barns remodelled to take on a Game of Thrones look and the farmyard was transformed. Have a go at archery in the very place where young Bran was taught by Jon Snow - in the courtyard aka ‘Winterfell’. Stand in a recreated Game of Thrones archery film set tipi, dress in a Game Of Thrones like costume to look the part and get ready to take aim.
Tollymore Forest Park
North of Winterfell, fans will recognise the woodland where Nightwalkers were spotted and the Direwolf pups were found.
This medieval building was used as the set for the Riverlands scenes, where Robb Stark's army wait at the Trident to cross.
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.
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.
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Part of the show's appeal and what has made it so popular with millions of fans are the mesmerising fantasy lands of Westeros which of course have been brought to life using Northern Ireland's rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking countryside and forests. The dramatic scenery of the Causeway Coast and Glens, County Down and County Armagh forms the backdrop of much of the show's action. Fans can easily visit many of the locations where a favourite scene was filmed of walk in the footsteps of a much-loved character.
There are also some wonderful Game of Thrones inspired tours and family themed activities that have been created due to the popularity of the show, so you don't have to be a fan to join in the fun. You can dress up in costume and enjoy a day of archery or take a self-guided cycle tour of some of the shows film locations - there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the stunning filming locations not to be misses include: Castle Ward which may be most familiar as Winterfell, Tollymore Forest Park which will be recognisable as North of Winterfell, Downhill Beach familiar as the Dragonstone exterior and Murlough Bay in County Antrim aka the Stormlands - but there are many more to discover.