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When the trees along Northern Ireland’s famous Dark Hedges, better known to Game of Thrones® fans as the ‘Kingsroad’, blew over in Storm Gertrude, they were carved into 10 intricately crafted doors, each telling the story of an episode from Season 6.

The doors make up one of the must-do experiences for Thronies, Journey of Doors Passport.  Make sure you pick up a Passport to collect your stamp as you visit each door or download here.  And have your Game of Thrones® Filming Locations app at the ready to find out what scenes were filmed where at the nearby filming locations.

Be sure to check opening times of the pubs when you are planning your trip!


Door 1: The Cuan, Strangford

Portraying the opening title sequence of the show, Door 1 references the map of Westeros, while also setting the scene and reminding viewers of the state of play between the warring Houses at the close of Season 5.

The Cuan is a family run restaurant and guest house in the picturesque, seaside village of Strangford.  Why not try a Hodoor beer and bed down for the night in Ned Stark's bedroom as part of your Thronie experience?

 

Check Out Nearby Filming Locations:

Castle Ward - Featured in Season 1

Audley’s Field - Season 2, Episode 4: Garden of Bones

River Quoile - Season 3, Episode 3: Walk of Punishment

Inch Abbey - Season 1, Episode 10: Fire and Blood

 

Door 2: Fiddler’s Green, Portaferry

Observe the growing conflicts within both Houses Bolton and Greyjoy across Door 2. The iconic Kraken of House Greyjoy rises from the depths at the bottom of the door, while the flayed man of treacherous House Bolton reigns above all.

Famous for its character and charm, Fiddler’s Green is both a pub and B&B in the central square of the historic small town of Portaferry.  Enjoy a pint of the black stuff (Guinness to the uninitiated) while tapping your toe to some live music.

Check Out Nearby Filming Location:

Quintin Bay - Season 5, Episode 2: The House of Black and White

Please note this section of the bay is private, but can be viewed from Quintin Bay Road.

 

Door 3: Percy French, Newcastle

You might spy a ship’s departure from the Greyjoy controlled Iron Islands on Door 3. Below that, a lone direwolf of House Stark appears above a Bolton occupied Winterfell, surrounded by signs of battle looming on the horizon.

Located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, stunning views and a welcoming atmosphere are guaranteed at Percy French, at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa .  Take a seat by the log fire and enjoy a Game of Thrones® Tomahawk steak with friends.

Check Out Nearby Filming Locations:

Tollymore Forest - Season 1, Episode 1: Winter is Coming

Leitrim Lodge - Season 3, Episode 2: Dark Wings, Dark Words 

 

Door 4: Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen

The dominance of the dragons in Door 4 accurately echo House Targaryen’s return to power, certain elements also refer to their recent past misfortunes. Above it all keeping a watchful eye is the white falcon of House Arryn.

Renowned for its pints of stout and Irish coffees,  Blakes of The Hollow has proudly served visitors and locals alike for well over a century.  Take a seat in a cosy snug in one of Fermanagh's oldest pubs - with a warm welcome from locals, you'll not want to leave.

Check Out Nearby Filming Location:

Pollnagollum Cave - Season 3, Episode 4: And Now His Watch is Ended

 

Door 5: Owens, Limavady

The dreaded Night King and his followers feature heavily on Door 5. White Walkers flank him on both sides commanding an army of undead Wights at his back. Below rests the Stark Sigil entwined in branch and root, preparing for the inevitable attack between the living and the dead. Hold the Door.

A traditional pub in the small town of Limavady, just a short drive away from the beautiful Sperrins region & Binevenagh.  This charming and lively pub Owens, offers a warm, friendly welcome that is second to none and is perfect to stop off for a chin wag with the locals and a decent pint of Guinness.

Check Out Nearby Filming Locations:

Downhill Beach - Season 2, Episode 1: The North Remembers

Binevenagh - Season 5, Episode 10: Mother's Mercy and Season 6, Episode 1: The Red Woman

Portstewart Strand - Season 5, Episode 4: Sons of the Harpy

 

Door 6: Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy

Championing House Targaryen on Door 5, specifically Drogon – Daenerys’ most aggressive and fearsome dragon. The Dothraki stallions in his grasp signify their allegiance and willingness to finally follow their Queen across the Narrow Sea.

Serving up award winning food and live music, the Fullerton Arms, a licensed guest house, is located in a listed building along the famous Causeway Coastal Route.  Bring your dog, sit by the open fire, enjoy a hot drink and try one of their six different flavours of mussels- perfect for those crisp, Autumn days.

Check Out Nearby Filming Locations:

Ballintoy Harbour - Season 2, Episode 2: The Night Lands, Season 2, Episode 3: What is Dead May Never Die, Season 6, Episode 2: Home, Season 6, Episode 5: The Door, Season 4, Episode 2:The Lion and the Rose, Season 8, Episode 4: The Last of the Starks, and Season 8, Episode 5: The Bells.

Larrybane - Season 2, Episode 3: What is Dead May Never Die, and Season 6, Episode 5: The Door. 

 

Door 7: Dark Hedges Estate, Stranocum

Signs of the recently deceased Three-Eyed Raven permeate Door 7, foreshadowing the events of the past that are about to bear down on the present. At the base of the door a beech tree leaf hidden within a crown – a reference to the very trees of The Kingsroad itself.

Dark Hedges Estate can be found close to the Dark Hedges, aka The Kingsroad, possibly the most famous and recognisable filming location from the show.   Visit Door 7 and get your best selfie at it, and afterwards enjoy a wander around the beautiful estate grounds.

Check Out Nearby Filming Location:

The Dark Hedges - Season 2, Episode 1: The North Remembers 

 

Door 8: Mary McBride's, Cushendun

“Valar morghulis. Valar dohaeris” asserts the centre of Door 8 and chronicles Arya Stark’s journey in the free city of Braavos. In the centre rests the faceless man coin that originally brought her to the city. Below that sits Needle, in reference to the final deadly confrontation that leads Arya to her decision to return home to Winterfell.

Once one of the smallest bars in Ireland, Mary McBride's is big on character and history, and can be found in the coastal village of Cushendun.  This cosy little hidden gem has an extensive whiskey and gin menu waiting to be explored, and when there, why not pull your own pint!

Check Out Nearby Filming Locations:

Cushendun Caves - Season 2, Episode 4: Garden of Bones and, Season 8, Episode 5:The Bells

Above Murlough Bay - Season 2, Episode 4: Garden of Bones

Murlough Bay - Season 5, Episode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Carnlough Harbour - Season 6, Episode 7: The Broken Man

Galboly, The Glens of Antrim - Season 5, Episode 1: The Wars to Come and, Season 6, Episode 4: Book of the Stranger 

 

Door 9: Ballygally Castle, Ballygally

Echoing the ‘Battle of the Bastards’, symbols of both House Stark and House Bolton dominate Door 9. Swords and shields litter the door like a bloody battlefield. The battle-scarred face of the Stark direwolf dominating over the flayed man below suggests a House Stark victory, but at a very heavy cost.

Ideally located on the scenic Antrim coast, the 4* Ballygally Castle is a short drive from Belfast, overlooking the sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay.  Relax and unwind, enjoy a Game of Thrones® Afternoon Tea, whilst enjoying the stunning views along the Causeway Coastal Route.

Check Out Nearby Filming Locations:

Cairncastle - Season 1, Episode 1: Winter is Coming

Carnlough Harbour - Season 6, Episode 7: The Broken Man

Galboly, The Glens of Antrim - Season 5, Episode 1: The Wars to Come and, Season 6, Episode 4: Book of the Stranger

Sallagh Braes - Season 6, Episode 7: The Broken Man

Shillnavogy Valley - Season 1, Episode 2: The Kingsroad 

 

Door 10: The Dark Horse, Belfast

Showcasing Westeros’s state of affairs as Season 6 draws to a close. The Lannister lion reigns over the Sept of Baelor, signifying its destruction along with the deaths of hundreds of King’s Landing nobles, including some of House Tyrell and the Faith Militant. The bottom of the door also features Stark and Targaryen sigils, alluding to the revelations about the possible parentage of Jon Snow.

The Dark Horse is a European style licensed coffee house nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Cathedral Quarter area of Belfast. The last door is a tribute to all the work and filming that has taken place in Belfast.  After seeing the door inside, head outside to the courtyard to explore the amazing murals and artwork. Make sure when you are in town, go check out the Glass of Thrones Trail.  Many of the dedicated Game of Thrones® tours depart from the city and cover the various filming locations throughout Northern Ireland.

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Plan your #GOTterritory short break

Plan your short break to Northern Ireland, the real world Westeros, and discover the #GOTterritory.

There are 26 Game of Thrones® filming locations in Northern Ireland that can be explored.  As well as your own self-guided Westeros adventure, you can also choose from a range of guided location tours or immerse yourself in Game of Thrones® themed adventures.

 

Game of Thrones® Filming Locations Northern Ireland app

Why not download the Game of Thrones® Filming Locations Northern Ireland app, which will help you navigate your way around the spectacular filming locations from the show as well as the 10 Doors. The app is free to download for both Android and Apple.

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