Game of Thrones adventure continues in Northern Ireland


Photo by Giorgio Galeotti

The final episode of the Game of Thrones series, broadcasted on HBO on Monday 20th May, in France, marks the end of an epic adventure followed by millions of viewers around the world.

To continue the journey, cross the landscapes of Northern Ireland that have brought the novels of Georges R. R. Martin to life through mythical scenes with stunning countryside. From Winterfell to the Dorne coast via the Bay of Serfs, follow in the footsteps of your favourite Westeros characters.

During your excursion, discover the life-size scenery that inspired the series:

  • It is in Tollymore Forest Park, located in Down County, that the White Walkers' threat makes its first appearance in the series with the dark glow of the great redwoods.
Photo by JPSGallery
  • Down County is also home to Castle Ward , renamed Winterfell for the series, and which was honoured to host the famous Stark family.
Castle WardPhoto by Ardfern
  • Ballintoy Harbour, on the coast of Antrim, was chosen to represent the Iron Islands, land of origin of Theon Greyjoy. A few steps away, you can also admire the Giants' Causeway.
Ballintoy HarbourPhoto by Bob Jones
  • Near Armoy, Antrim County, a strange driveway turtle beech stands. The Dark Hedges is the name of the path that Arya Stark takes as she flees the capital, King’s Landing, to return to her people.
The Dark HedgesPhoto by Colin Park

While part of the scenes were shot in the studios of Belfast, many other emblematic places of the Kingdom of the Seven Crowns have found echo in the heart of the many castles, forests and maritime coasts of Northern Ireland.

Starting in 2020 spring, the Linen Mill studios in Banbridge, which also hosted the shooting of many scenes from the series, will be accessible to the public. But you can already organize your car tour over several days throughout the region. Ireland Tourism suggests an itinerary that will take you behind the scenes of the conquest of the Iron Throne: 

Article written by par Justine L.

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