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Dark Hedges Experience

Dark Hedges Estate, 139a Ballinlea Road, Ballymoney, County Antrim, BT53 8PX
Dark Hedges Experience

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In the 18th Century, James Stuart planted over 150 beech trees on the avenue leading to Gracehill House to impress guests as they approached his home. Now, over 200 years later, this avenue is one of the most photographed sites in Northern Ireland, known as The Dark Hedges.

Made famous by their appearance as The King’s Road in Game of Thrones® where Arya Stark fled King’s Landing dressed as a boy, the Dark Hedges are still impressing visitors every day. In 2016, Storm Gertrude caused damage to the trees and the fallen trees have found new life as Doors of Thrones. These 10 doors are intricately carved to represent each episode from season 6 of Game of Thrones® and are in locations around Northern Ireland, including one in the Hedges Hotel.

So many people come to see the Dark Hedges, including the ghost of the Grey Lady. The Grey Lady is said to flit from tree to tree and across the road and some believe her to be the daughter of James Stuart. Others say she is a maid who died suspiciously while in the service of the household…

Why don’t you step inside one of the Dark Hedges experiences and see for yourself?

The Dark Hedges Day Tour is a 45 minute guided tour through the Dark Hedges and learn about the history of the estate, the trees and the legend of the grey lady ghost. Every hour from 10:00 to 15:00, our storyguides invite you to join them at the Dark Hedges Experience Centre to be brought on a journey through the Dark Hedges Estate.

The Dark Hedges Night Tour is an exhilarating evening exploring another side of the Dark Hedges. On the last Saturday of every month, our storyguides will take you by torchlight on a truly unique experience through the Dark Hedges Estate, the Game of Thrones® film location, and share with you the history of how it all began. Keep your eyes peeled, as the Grey Lady Ghost likes to appear at night.

We also offer Dark Hedges by Design, a bespoke tour tailored to your needs. Contact us to find out more.


Children & Infants

  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Groups catered for
  • Online Booking

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount

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* The Experience Centre is open daily from 10:00 to 15:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 to 16:00 on weekends.
Day tours on the hour daily from 10:00, last tour 14:00 on weekdays and 15:00 on weekends
Night tours on the last Saturday of each month, start time dependent on sunset.

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