5 must-see Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland
Posted on 28/03/2019 by Tom Lanauze
Northern Ireland is a wonderful place to visit in its own right but also happens to play a leading role depicting Winterfell and the North along with some other memorable moments from the Game of Thrones universe.
With public transport being non-existent, exploring these locations and more by campervan or motorhome gives you all the flexibility to road trip your way and explore at your own pace.
There are numerous sites to explore, but here are Spaceships Top 5 Game of Thrones sites to get your kick of Westeros and beyond!
1. Castle Ward, Downpatrick, Country Down
This has been the home of Winterfell since Episode 1. Explore the woods and keep an eye out for Dire wolfs! With 17th and 18th century architecture, it provides a fantastic mix of both classical and gothic architecture so recognisable from the series.
Castle Ward | photo: Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA 2.0 - Flickr)
Just around the corner, you can find Audleys Castle and Wood, the home of the Stark war camp in preparation for fighting the Lannisters from Season 1
2. Tollymore Forest, County Down
Home to one of the most intriguing scenes in Game of Thrones. This is where Ned Stark first finds the Direwolfs – the symbol of House Stark. Numbering the same amount as Stark Children, who much like the wolfs, also go on to be orphaned.
Tollymore Forest | photo: chripell (CC BY-SA 2.0 - Flickr)
It is also the where the haunted forest scenes were shot where we were first introduced to the White Walkers. Tollymore was the first state Forest in Northern Ireland and covers over 1500 acres filled with the
magnificent Red Woods.
3. Ballymoneys Dark hedges, Country Antrim
This is where the backdrop for the dramatic scenes for Kingsroad which kinks Winterfell with Kings Landing and beyond. It also just happens to be one of the most photogenic places in Northern Ireland. With trees planted 200 years ago, it's easy to see why this spot was chosen over a CGI stand-in.
4. Ballintoy Village, Country Antrim
A quiet and charming little fishing village not far from the Giants Causeway that also happened to be where Theon Greyjoy first
makes his return to the Iron Islands. It is an ideal spot to capture the rural Irish way of life with quaint restaurants and shops. o Find the plaque that marks the spot where Theon made landfall on his return
to the Iron Islands!
A short drive away is Larrybane, stunning views of the giant’s causeway and where we got our first glance of Brienne of Tarth as she battles Loras Tyrell
5. Downhill Beach, Londonderry
An amazing stretch of the aptly named giant’s causeway coast that also doubles as Northern Irelands longest beach and the season two filming location of Dragonstone. Offering stunning views of Donegal, Antrim and
Londonderry and being a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a must see. Stroll down Portstewart beach but watch out for the sand sisters, as you are now in the land of Dorn.
Downhill Beach | photo: Steve Cadman (CC BY-SA 2.0 - Flickr)
Visit the Mussenden Temple, with stunning views of the coast and surf it also happens to be where Stannis Baratheon is made the champion of the Lord of Light by Melisandre.