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Game of Thrones Tours: Discover Westeros in Northern Ireland

Magic, mystery and murder in medieval times; the HBO award winning series Game of Thrones (GOT) has inspired a wave of fans to visit its filming locations, particularly in Northern Ireland. As the backdrop to many scenes, the region offers a stark, dramatic landscape perfect for the fictional continent of Westeros. To help you navigate this wonderful world, we’ve highlighted a number of our favourite filming spots so you too can walk in the footsteps of the Starks and see the Iron Islands…

One of the most iconic filming locations is the Dark Hedges of Country Antrim, better known to fans of the show as the Kingsroad. This shadowy, beech tree-lined road fills the role of the highway connecting King’s Landing to Castle Black in the series, and is one of the most visually stunning natural phenomena in Ireland.

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Equally as recognisable is Castle Ward in Country Down, which acts as Winterfell. The National Trust property was used to portray the house of the Starks in the 2009 pilot, and the gorgeous grounds include an 18th century Gothic mansion surrounded by lush woodlands.

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There are a number of different ways to seek out the GOT film locations from guided walks, coach tours, and boat tours. Clearsky Adventure Tours offer an extensive array of packages for a true Game of Thrones experience. Choose from an archery experience at the film set of Winterfell, to a full medieval banquet and even the opportunity to meet the actual Direwolves used in the show. The tour group also offer a variety of cycle, boat and private tours that cover many of the locations used by HBO throughout the filming.

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One of the best ways to truly experience Northern Ireland, and see all of the incredible filming locations, is to plan a self-drive GOT tour.Spanning the Causeway Coast, there are a number of single to three day drives that allow you to enjoy the splendour and magic of this landscape at your own pace, while simultaneously stepping into the fantasy world of Author G.R.R Martin. Travelling along one of the best coastal drives in the world, you’ll explore various filming locations including the Ballintoy Harbour which was used to portray the Iron Islands and Downhill Beach where Stannis Baratheon draws the flaming sword.Mussenden Temple

Explore the majesty of Westeros by getting a P&O Ferry to Northern Ireland, and see exactly why this ruggedly beautiful landscape was the perfect backdrop to Game of Thrones. Just make sure to keep an eye out for Direwolves…