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Game of Thrones attractions in Ireland

Did you know that TV series Games of Thrones that the world can’t get enough of is filmed in Ireland?  Well now you do! Ireland is well known for its amazing landscapes and scenery, so it’s no surprise that the hugely successful TV show is filmed here. If you’re a Games of Thrones fan, you may like to plan a road trip and visit some of these places around Ireland:

 

CASTLE WARD AKA Winterfell

Castle Ward is an 18th-century castle well known as the home of House of Stark or as Jon Snow would prefer, the ‘King of the North’. The Castle Ward estate has beautiful surrounds and loads of trekking trails around the estate. The castle has about 9 different Game of Thrones filming locations such as the Battlefield of Baelor and Robb’s Camp in the Riverland’s.

 

 

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MAGHERAMORNE QUARRY

Located in the County Antrim in Northern Ireland, the Magheramorne Quarry is the film location of the entrance to Castel Black. Show was obviously digitally created, but the entrance is real even if it may look slightly different when you visit in person.

 

 

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THE DARK HEDGES aka the Kings road

The Dark Hedges is probably the most visited spot on the Games of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland. It is a narrow road where trees from each side meet in the middle to create a perfect illusion of a Hedge. For all the Games of Thrones fans, you will remember it from the scene when Arya Start escaped from King’s Landing.

 

 

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CUSHENDUN CAVES

Cushendun Caves are located along the beautiful Causeway coast, formed over a period of 400 million years. The caves appear in season 2 where Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed on the shore. These caves are the birth place of the Red lady baby, so slightly evil place,  but we think  you be just fine!

 

 

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DOWNHILL STRAND

Downhill Strand beach is one of the longest beaches in Northern Ireland, stretching 11 km along the coast. It is also the ancestral home of the Targaryen house. Walk around the Mussenden temple and be on the lookout for Dragonstones, they are everywhere.

 

 

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QUINTIN BAY

Jaime Lannister and Bronna of Blackwater plan to rescue princess Myrcella from Dorne. Quintin Bay gave a unique background for this dramatic scene. Take a walk around the Quintin Castle that overlooks the beautiful bay and imagine yourself rescuing a princess or a prince.

 

 

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TOLLYMORE FOREST PARK

Tollymore Forest Park was the first state forest in Northern Ireland, it was established in 1955. The forest covers over 620 hectors of outstanding natural beauty. Tollymore is the Hunted forest in Game of Thrones, the place where the nightwalkers marched into the realm and where the Starks discovered the Dire Wolves. Keep an eye out for the Blue eyed creatures.

 

 

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BALLINTOY HARBOUR

Just a stone’s throw from The Giant’s Causeway (the most visited attraction on the north coast) the quaint Ballintoy Harbour was where Theon was baptised in front of his sister Yara and was also the location of the Iron Island where Theon arrived to seek the alliance with Balon in season two.

 

 

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DUNLUCE CASTLE

Built in the 13th century by Richard Óg de Burgh, the castle is now-ruined medieval located on the edge of the County Antrim.   Te famous Dunluce Castle is represented in the Game of Thrones as the House of Greyjoy, ruler of the Iron Islands.

 

 

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This is just a little list of the Game of Thrones locations you could visit on a road trip from Dublin. Don’t forget to take in some of the most famous attractions of the Antrim Coast, like Carric a Rede bridge and Giant’s Causeway. Permanent Game of Thrones exhibition has been announced as well in Belfast – all the more reasons to extend your visit to Ireland!