The Seven Kingdoms await you in this Game of Thrones adventure. The incredible landscapes of Northern Ireland make up an enchanting array of fortresses, enigmatic stone circles, heart-stopping cliffs and countless small villages steeped in history. It is no surprise that the HBO producers chose these lands as the perfect set for the Game of Thrones adventure. So if you would like to discover main stage for Winterfell and The Wall or take a walk through the kingdoms of Essos and Westeros, this is the trip for you.
We have designed the perfect itinerary to reach the most charming corners of Northern Ireland in 6 days. Visiting some of the scenes that appear on the big screen is now possible. A trip to the universe of Game of Thrones is about to begin!
Dublin is the ideal starting point for your adventure on the Emerald Isle. There choice of things to see and are huge in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. To settle into Ireland’s capital we recommend you head to O’Connell Street and Grafton Street, two of the most charming streets in the historic centre. The charming buildings and gardens of Trinity College, will remind you of other university cities such as Oxford or Cambridge. The old Guinness brewery is a must for lovers of this mystical drink. After dinner we recommend you to take a tour of Temple Bar, one of the most charismatic districts of Dublin when night falls.
Heading north, this morning you will cross into Northern Ireland. We recommend you to take a walk through the Mourne Mountains, the place where the wild Dothraki live, and discover the wonderful forest of Tollymore, the enclave where the Stark family meets the wolf cubs and where the White Walkers attack the Guard of the Night at The Wall. Another stop on the route is the Abbey of Inch, where Lady Catelyn Stark learns of the death of her husband and where her son Robb Stark is crowned as King of the North. The scenes of Winterfell, the home of the Stark family in the north, have been filmed inside the beautiful Ward Castle. To close the day we recommend visiting the Garden of Rowalene, scene of the Forest of the Gods in Winterfell.
The Quarry of Magheramorne will be the first stop of the day. This location appears continuously in the series as the interior of the Black Castle, to represent the walls of King’s Landing, during the Battle of Blackwater and as Hardhome in the fourth season. Next stop is the Cushendun Cave, where priestess Melisandre gives birth to the ‘Shadow’, and Murlough Bay, whose cliffs appear in the series repeatedly. The route then leads you to The Kings Road, emblematic and central place of the series known as “The Dark Hedges”. There is also the opportunity to explore the Hanging Bridge of Carrick-a-Rede and Larrybane, where Renly swears allegiance to Lady Stark to avenge the death of Eddard Stark. The small port of Ballintoy serves as the last stop of the day. This enclave represents the port of Pyke of the Iron Islands, under the dominion of House Greyjoy.
This morning the route heads towards the beautiful beach of Portstewart, the natural enclave which represents the Dornish Peninsula in the fifth season. Then you will visit the cliffs and the beach of Downhill, the scene of the Dragonstone Island where Melisandre and Stanis Baratheon burn the statues of the Seven Gods. Further on the route you will be surrounded by the fascinating mountain of Binevenagh, a feature in the fourth season. The last stop of the day is the port city of Derry. Famous for its impressive medieval wall, it’s streets played a prominent role during the struggles in Northern Ireland. At present, it has an important cultural heritage and is defined by it’s young and dynamic character.
The route back to Dublin still offers a few unique surprises for the lovers of Game of Thrones. The impressive Marble Arch Caves, which serve as the lair of Beric Dondarrion in the third season, and more specifically the Pollnagollum Cave, offer the perfect finishing touch for your trip in Ireland. These caves have gained World Heritage status by UNESCO and are located in a rugged area between the counties of Fermanagh and Cavan. Discovered for the first time in the nineteenth century, strolling between the impressive vaults and the breathtaking passageways sculpted by the water is a unique experience.