Game of thrones northern ireland filming locations

Game of thrones Northern Ireland filming locations

The expanded set for Winterfell was built at the townland of Moneyglass Estate in County Antrim.

Most scenes of Game of Thrones have been shot in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland border counties. Glendun and GlenValley at Cushenden Caves was where.

Castle Ward about an hour away from Belfast was turned into the Stark Home Winterfell. Do not miss out on the Winterfell tour in Down County and get hold of the real fondly called Lord of Winterfell William Van Der Kells as he is the keeper of the secrets, knower of little known facts of the cast, actual filming locations around the area and crew of the Game of Thrones. Titanic Studios at Belfast is where the Eryrie, the Sept of Baelor and the Throne Room were recreated.

The locales of Northern Ireland have been a permanent feature in the most popular television series of Game of Thrones. Titanic Belfast studios is where exhibits of the dragons in model form, costumes, weaponry and artefacts from the show happen.

Break the Baratheon Bread, Lannister egg rolls, Little Finger Chicken Caesar wraps, Jon Snow Cakes and Dothraki trifle, mini Dragon’s eggs, GOT afternoon Teas, Winterfell’s hog roast and craft beer from Winterfell Castle’s brewery et al.

The main headquarters and home base for operations and for the production of the most popular television series Game of Thrones is at Belfast, Northern Ireland. The sets of the Iron Throne, The Great Sept of Baelor, The Red Keep, Castle Black, The High Hall of The Eyrie, The Sky cells in the Eyrie, Throne room of Daenerys in the Pyramid of Meereen are erected in Northern Ireland.

The Seven kingdoms of Westeros, Winterfell Castle, and Demesne, power struggles of the noble families of Westoros and Essos, generic army camps in Central Westeros, Dreadfort, Robert Baratheon’s arrival and Bran’s fall from the Winterfell castle, Lady Brienne’s confrontation with the Stark men, King Robb Stark’s  camping in the Riverlands, Craster’s Keep, Camps of the Lannisters, Whispering Woods, Walder Frey’s Castle ‘The Twins’, the Battlefield of Baelor, The stable where Joffrey is slapped by Lord Tyrion,

the forest path from where Lord Tyrion walks, Pathway of King’s Robert Arrival, the archery range in the courtyard, Courtyard where Theon Greyjoy beheads Ser Rodrik, The King’s Banquet and Winterfell, Shoreline path where Robb Stark, King of the North discovers that King Slayer has escaped, Robb Stark and Talissa get married, Armory and Forge where Arya Stark’s needle was carved out, Cottage of the Winterfell Brothel are the scenes shot in Northern Ireland.

Mourne Mountains was recreated as Sandy Brae, Kilkeel of Vaes Dothrak, Dothraki Sea and the Mother of Mountains.

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Dark Hedges in the County Antrim is

  • The Kingsroad exiting from King’s Landing and the Dark Hedges of Armoy.
  • Arya Stark escapes disguised as a boy with Gendry and Yoren the recruiter of the Night’s watch

Glens of the Antrim near Cushendall used as part of the Dothraki Sea. Ballymoney was also used as another part of the Dothraki Sea.

Toome was used as a location when Tormund’s wildings along with Jon Snow and Ygritte crossed over to the southern direction of the wall.

Strangford Lough Narrow Sea is recreated as the location where Lady Brienne takes Jamie Lannister under her protection.

Saintfield village recreated for Robb Stark’s army camp. Rowallane Gardens recreated as Winterfell’s revered Godswood.

The Castle Ward Tower in County Down is

  • Winterfell of the House Stark
  • King Robert of the House Baratheon arrives with his entourage
  • Army Camps of the Starks and Lannisters
  • Castle Ward complex in the Audleys Castle Robb Stark captivates Jamie Lannister
  • Seat of House Frey’s Walder Frey “The Twins”

Mussenden temple and Downhill Beach strand in the coastal town of Castlerock County Derry is recreated as

  • Dragonstone- The Red Head Melisandre pleases the God of Light burning the Seven Gods of Westoros while Stannis of The House Baratheon with his flaming sword drawn out of flames in “The North Remembers”.

Portstweart Strand used as Dorne.

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Quoile River was used as the pier of the Hoster Tully on the dock of River Trident where Blackfish shot the arrow accurately on his pier in “Walk of Punishment”.

King Robb Stark and Lady Catelyn Stark learn of Ned Stark’s death and gets crowned King of the North in the Riverlands while being in Inch Abbey.

Redhall Ballycarry has been recreated as The Inn at the Crossroads in the Riverlands.

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Gosford castle in County Down recreated as Riverrun when King of the North Robb Stark executes Rickard Karstark in “Kissed by Fire”.

Myra Castle in Strangford recreated as the seat of House Bolton Dreadfort.

Shane’s castle has been recreated as the Winterfell’s cellars and as a location of Tourney of the Hand in “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things”, “The Wolf and the Lion” and “Dark Wings, Dark Words”.

Cairncastle has been used as a location of Moat Cailin and in the beginning when Eddard Stark executes a deserter from the Night’s Watch.

The Dunluce Castle

Fullerton Arms

The Walled city of Derry

Fullerton Arms

Giant’s Causeway

Ballyscullion Park

Bay of Seals

Conleth Hill as Vale of Arryn

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Tollymore in the Mourne Mountains Newcastle is recreated as Forests in the North,

  • Night’ s Watch encounters White Walker and the corpses of the Wildings
  • Ned Stark discovers the pack of direwolf pups in Wolfswood in “Winter is Coming”
  • Teon Greyjoy chased by Ramsay Snow, The Bastard of Bolton
  • The surprise attack of the Whitewalkers
  • The central Westoros
  • The Prologue scene in which White Walkers attack a Night’s watch scout

Corbet village is recreated as Riverrun, the seat of House Tully, Harrenhal, Riverlands and the Emerald Isle.

Banbridge is also recreated for some parts of Harrenhal.

Clandeboye forests recreated as Craster’s keep and Locke’s camp where Jaime Lannister and Lady Brienne were captured and kept as hostages.

Magheramorne Quarry is recreated as Castle Black and HardHome

  • Jon Snow lives as the Lord Commander in the Night’s Watch
  • Hardhome set

Murlough Bay of Northern Irish coast is recreated as the Iron Islands and the site for the Battle of Blackwater Bay.

Causeway Coastal Route to Ballycastle is recreated as the native of Lady Catelyn Stark and Varys.

Larrybane, Sheep Island, Carrick-a-Rede and Cushendun Caves is recreated as Stormlands of the House Baratheon and King’s Landing in “What is dead may never die”, “Garden of Bones” and “The Ghost of Harrnehal.

  • Davos Seaworth the Onion Knight takes Melisandre of Asshai while she gives birth to a spirit like shadow creature at the site of Cushendun caves.
  • King Renly does his camping in here while Ser Loras Tyrell and Lady Breinne of Tarth fight it out in Larrybane after which she was inducted in Renly’s Kingsguard.
  • Renly makes a promise to Lady Catelyn Stark to avenge Ned Stark but gets killed by the shadow assassin in Larrybane.
  • Petyr Baelish the Little Finger visited King Renly.

Ballintoy Harbour on the coast of Antrim is recreated as Lordsport

  • Theon Greyjoy ever since he had been Eddard Stark’s hostage returns in the Iron Islands on Pyke Harbor and gets baptised.
  • The pirate Salladhor Saan pledges his support to the House of Baratheon.

Dark Hedges Stranocum County Antrim Kingsroad is where Arya Stark with Yoren, Gendry and Hot Pie.
Tollymore Forest at County Down is where Ned Stark came across bereaved direwolves which happens to be the symbol of the siege of the House Stark.

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Where Stannis Baratheon abandons the Seven Gods of Westeros and takes refuge in the Lord of the Light alongside Priestess Melissandre and enters Dragonstone into the war of the Five Kings.

Old Valyria Canal Essos at River Quoile County Down: Cistercian Abbey at County Down set beside River Quoile and Cathedral Town of Saint Downpatrick have also been used in the backdrop. Inch Abbey is where the war of the Five Kings began as Robb Stark learning about his father Ned Stark’s death went to war.

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Brotherhood Without Banners under the leadership of Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr had their hideout in the Riverlands and where Sandor Clegane faces trial by combat against Beric Dondarrion at Pollnagollum Cave Marble Arch in Belmore Forest at County Fermanagh.

Robb Stark’s camp was erected at Audley’s field on the shore of Strangford Lough and this is exactly where Jaime Lannister was captured and released.

Strangford Lough County Down have the castle ruins that was recreated into the Twins that belonged to the Freys and the which Robb Stark and Catelyn Stark asked to cross the Green Fork to Walder Frey. Jaime Lannister and Ser Bronn of Blackwater came ashore Dorne.

Murlogh bay at County Antrim has been recreated into Slaver’s Bay of the Seven Kingdoms on the Coast of Essos. Yara rode Theon to their father Balon Greyjoy on a horse on Murlough Bay. Ser Davos of Seaworth was rescued at Murlough Bay after the Battle of Blackwater. Rathlin Island in the North Channel can be viewed from here.

Downhill Strand in Londonderry County has Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne near Castlerock is where Dragonstone is filmed.

Kingdom of Dorne was recreated at Portstewart Strand County Down. Portstewart Strand is where Jaime Lannister and Ser Bronn of Blackwater disguised as Martell Soldiers and get in a clash with Dornish soldiers. On the coast of Sunspear daughters of Oberyn Martell namely Sand Snake sisters Tyene, Obara and Nymeria mothered by Ellaria Sand conspired to kill Myrcella.

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Quintin Bay in Portaferry County Down had been recreated in the series as Quintin castle was recreated as Castle Stokeworth in the Crownlands where Jaime Lannister comes to have a talk with Ser Bronn of the Blackwater to accompany him to Dorne to bring Myrcella back home because Cersei said him to do so.

Ballintoy Harbor on Causeway Coastal Route of County Antrim at end of Knocksaughey Hill which passes by Larrybane and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is where the Iron Islands at Pyke Lordsport Harbor in County Antrim where Theon Greyjoy came for an alliance with Balon Greyjoy and his sister Yara. Ballintoy Beach is where Euron Greyjoy is drowned after he is chosen as the King of the Iron Islands. Tyrion Lannister as a fugitive flees to Westeros.

Lough Neagh was also recreated into the Summer Sea where Jorah steals a boat Ser Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister set sail the Summer Sea to Meereen to his Queen Daenerys. Tyrion and Jorah come into confrontation with the slavers of Essos at Lough Shore Park in Antrim plateau through the Neck into the Stormlands.
Mourne Mountains near Tollymore Forest park is the scene from where Theon Greyjoy tried to escape from the capture of Ramsay Bolton.

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Shillanavogy Valley beneath Slemish Mountain in County Antrim was recreated Dothraki Grasslands when Khalasar departs Pentos and rides to Vaes Dothrak before the Khals taking the widow of Khal Drogo Khaleesi. Khal Drogo rode across here towards Vaes Dothrak with Daenerys Targaryen and Viserys Targaryen.

Glens of Antrim was recreated as Runestone in the Vale of Arryn where Lord Baelish and Sansa Stark watched as Robin Arryn practiced duelling. This is the place where Lord Yohn Royce as a ward takes Robyn Arryn as the Lord of the Eyrie at Glenariff.

Mourne Mountains in County Down was recreated as the Vaes Dothrak entrance. Leitrim Lodge at the foothills of the Mourne was recreated as the northern lands to Winterfell when Bran met Jojen and Meera called the Haunted forest at County Down Tollymore Forest Park.

Binevenagh Mountain at Londonderry county on the edge of Antrim plateau is the location of Dothraki Sea when Drogon rescues Daenerys from the fighting pits of Meereen when she was attacked by the sons of the Harpy. The Magilligan Peninsula, Downhill, Bellarena and Benone Beach in Limavady are some other spots where shooting was done. Binevenagh Mountain is on the edge of Antrim plateau over County Armagh and County Londonderry with distant views of the west coast of Scotland.

King’s Landing Dungeons at Shane’s Castle at County Antrim on the edge of Lough Neagh is where Gregor Clegane beheaded a horse.

Antrim Plateau at Cairncastle is where Littlefinger took Sansa to Moat Cailin to make her marry Ramsay Bolton to ally with the Boltons.

Castle Ward at County Down overlooking Strangford Lough was home to the Starks before Bolton’s siege.

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