The Dark Hedges, Stranocum, County Antrim
Northern Ireland is #GOTterritory and it’s easy to see why. Medieval buildings, rugged mountains and dramatic coastlines make Northern Ireland the perfect film set for HBO’s epic Game of Thrones®.
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, we set about saving that piece of history for fans.
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1: The Cuan, Strangford, Co. Down
The Cuan is a family run restaurant and guest house in the picturesque, seaside village of Strangford.
Nearby Filming Locations: Castle Ward, Audley’s Field, Quoile River and Inch Abbey
Castle Ward, which overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough, may be more familiar as Winterfell and was used for pivotal scenes in season one. Inside this beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find the spectacular house, an exotic sunken garden and a haunting woodland. Audley’s Field within this demesne was used in Season 2: Episode 4.
2: Fiddler’s Green, Portaferry, Co. Down
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.
Nearby Filming Location: Quintin Bay
Quintin Bay is about 2 miles east of the small town of Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula and home to Quintin Castle, one of the few occupied Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland built in 1184. It served as the location for Stokeworth in Season 5: Episode 2.
3: Percy French, Newcastle, Co. Down
Located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, stunning views and a welcoming atmosphere are guaranteed at the County Down restaurant known as Percy French.
Nearby Filming Location: Tollymore Forest and Leitrim Lodge
Tollymore Forest Park, featured in the first episode of Season 1, covers an area almost 630 hectares at the foot of the beautiful Mourne Mountains. This romantic forest is home to trees, woodlands, streams, grottos and caves – and offers panoramic views of the sea at nearby Newcastle.
4: Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Renowned for its pints of stout and Irish coffees, Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ has proudly served visitors and locals alike for well over a century.
Nearby Filming Location: Pollnagollum Cave
Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh. 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.
5: Owens, Limavady, Co. Londonderry
A traditional pub in the small town of Limavady, just a short drive away from the beautiful Sperrins region & Binevenagh Mountain.
Nearby Filming Locations: Downhill Beach, Binevenagh and Portstewart Strand
One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic locations Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand and surf located on the Causeway Coast and used in Season 2: Episode 1 as Dragonstone. This magnificent location is home to Mussenden – a tiny temple perched dramatically on a 120ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean. Binevenagh marks the western extent of the Antrim Plateau and was the shooting location for the Dothraki Grasslands in Season 5: Episode 10.
6: Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim
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.
Nearby Locations: Ballintoy Harbour and Larrybane
Ballintoy Harbour is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the North Antrim Coast between the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This stunning location has become synonymous with Pyke and the Iron Islands in Season 2 and was also represented as Dragonstone in Season 4: Episode 2. Larrybane bay is one of the most sheltered and scenic locations along the Causeway Coast.
7: Gracehill House, Stranocum, Co. Antrim
Gracehill House can be found close to the Dark Hedges, possibly the most famous and recognisable filming location from the show.
Nearby Filming Location: The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees, planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. Two hundred years later, they remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland after being shown in Season 2: Episode 1 as the Kingsroad.
8: Mary McBride's, Cushendun, Co. Antrim
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.
Nearby Filming Location: Cushendun Caves, Above Murlough Bay, Murlough Bay, Carnlough Harbour and The Glens of Antrim
Cushendun Caves were formed over a period of 400 million of years and are a product of extreme weather conditions. They can be found just beyond this beautiful coastal village next to the Cave House and used in Season 2: Episode 4 as a cove in the Stormlands.
9: Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Co. Antrim
Ideally located on the scenic Antrim coast, the 4* Ballygally Castle is only 26 miles from Belfast and close to Larne, overlooking the sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay.
Nearby Filming Location: Cairncastle, Carnlough Harbour, The Glens of Antrim, Sallagh Braes and Shillnavogy Valley
The serene countryside of Cairncastle in Larne, County Antrim has played host to some of the most memorable scenes in Game of Thrones® history such as in Season 1: Episode 1 and also The Neck on the road to Moat Cailin in Season 5: Episode 3. A location near Glenariff in the Glens of Antrim is used for Runestone in Season 5: Episode 1
10: The Dark Horse, Belfast, Co. Antrim
The Dark Horse is a European style 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. Many of the dedicated Game of Thrones® tours depart from the city and cover the various filming locations throughout Northern Ireland.
Plan your #GOTTerritory short break
Plan your short break to Northern Ireland, the real world Westeros, and discover the #GOTTerritory.
There are now 26 Game of Thrones® filming locations in Northern Ireland that are accessible to everyone. As well as your own self guided Westeros adventure, you can also choose from a range of guided location tours or immerse themselves in Game of Thrones® themed adventures such as archery, cycle tours or banquets.
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