Game of Thrones® territory - part II

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Posted by Mags

Published July 4, 2017

With its authentic medieval buildings and beautiful landscapes, Northern Ireland is the picture perfect filming location. In Part 2 of our Game of Thrones® Filming Locations series we look at some of the best spots to visit in County Down and County Fermanagh to bring your Westeros journey to life. Warning: contains spoilers!

Winterfell at Castle Ward, County Down in Northern Ireland

'Winterfell' in County Down

Quintin Bay - Stokeworth

Starting in Belfast, weave your way through County Down to Quintin Bay. You will recognise Quintin Bay as the setting for Stokeworth in Season 5 Episode 2: The House of Black and White, where Jaime Lannister persuades Ser Bronn of the Blackwater to go with him to rescue Myrcella.

Onwards to the small coastal town of Portaferrry where you can stop off for some refreshment in Fiddler's Green, a characterful bar with great atmosphere and home to one of the Season 6 Game of Thrones® doors. 

The door is one of ten intricate wood-carved doors carved from the storm-felled trees at the Dark Hedges, each telling the story of a Season 6 episode, and hung across ‪Northern Ireland. Don't forget your passport! 

Castle Ward - Winterfell

Take the short ferry ride across Strangford Lough to Strangford itself before venturing on to Castle Ward, the setting for Winterfellthe home of House Stark.

An 18th century mansion house with acres of woodland and garden, the Castle Ward estate is found just outside the quaint coastal village of Strangford and overlooks Strangford Lough.

Used as the filming location in Season 1, here you can take an archery lesson, take a cycle tour of the filming locations, meet the real life 'direwolves' or take a boat tour of the nearby filming locations. You can even stay for the night in a glamping pod tucked away in the 'Winterfell' forest.

Audley's Field - Robb Stark's Camp, Oxcross

Staying within the Castle Ward demesne, make your way across to Audley's Field which you'll recognise from the pivotal scenes in Season 2, Episode 4: Garden of Bones where after his victory at Oxcross, Robb Stark meets Talisa.

When in the Strangford area, book a room or a dinner reservation in 4* The Cuan, a family run Licensed Guest Inn. Here you will see the very first Season 6 Game of Thrones® door and can even sit down to a themed banquet at King Robert Baratheon's table (check website for banquet event dates).

Inch Abbey - Robb Stark's Camp, Riverrun

A short drive away from Strangford and Castle Ward, you will arrive at Inch Abbey near Downpatrick. These extensive remains are of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1180, by John de Courcy and set in a beautiful location beside the River Quoile.

In Season 1 Episode 10: Fire and Blood, Inch Abbey was used as Robb Stark's camp at Riverrun whist the banks of the Quoile River provided the perfect location for the scenes in Season 3 Episode 3: Walk of Punishment.

Leitrim Lodge - North of Winterfell

Travelling from Downpatrick and into the Mourne Mountains, you'll find Leitrim Lodge. An 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', the Mourne Mountains have been providing inspiration and backdrops for many years and famously inspired author CS Lewis when writing about the magical land of Narnia. Twelve peaks make up this incredible landscape making it popular with hillwalkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Leitrim Lodge is located close to Hilltown in the Mourne Mountains area and is used in Season 3 Episode 2 where Bran and Rickon Stark escape from Theon Greyjoy and the Ironborn at Winterfell.

Tollymore Forest - Lands around Winterfell

Located at the foothill of the Mourne Mountains is Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle. Used in Season 1 Episode 1: Winter is Coming, the forest is the location for the opening scenes of the show where the deserter from the Night's Watch rides through the Haunted Forest and makes a grisly discovery of Wildling bodies.

With its close proximity to the County Down coastline and nearby beaches, waymarked forest trails and camping facilities, Tollymore Forest Park is a popular destination for many visitors exploring this beautiful part of Northern Ireland.

Nearby in Newcastle, visit another of the Season 6 Game of Thrones® doors at Percy French or check into the 4* Slieve Donard Resort & Spa where, overlooking the Irish Sea and the County Down coastline, you can spend the night in comfort and luxury.

Pollnagollum Cave - Hollow Hill, The Riverlands

Travelling across counties Down and Armagh and over to Fermanagh, arrive at Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen. An old and cherished Victorian pub, it's full of character and charm. Having proudly served visitors and locals alike for well over a century, a warm welcome is guaranteed. 

As well as good food and drink on offer, the pub is also home to a Season 6 Game of Thrones® door, representing Episode 4 in the series.

Once refreshed and ready to explore, begin travelling to Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest, part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. If you fancy catching a glimpse, you can follow the Belmore Forest walk which leads to a viewing point for the cave. The cave was used in Season 3: Episode 4 as Hollow Hill in the Riverlands, the hideout of Beric Dondarrion and the Brotherhood without Banners.

Also in the area is the hugely popular Cuilcagh Mountain. Still in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, trek through beautiful scenery along the mountain boardwalk and up to the 665m summit.

And if you love being outdoors, why not spend the night under the stars in a bubble dome at Finn Lough Resort with only the surrounding woodland for company.


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