Game of Thrones Tour From Dublin
Although not in GOT, we’ll make a quick photo stop at incredible Carrickfergus Castle. One of the best examples of a preserved medieval structures in Ireland, built by John de Courcy in 1177, the castle has been an imposing monument on the Irish landscape for more than 800 years. Overlooking Belfast Lough and besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928.
An essential stop for all Game of Thrones fans! Castle Black, Hardhome and The Wall were filmed at this abandoned quarry, and battlements were built here to serve as King’s Landing’s defence during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. The composite set (with both exteriors and interiors) consisted of a large section of Castle Black including the courtyard, the ravenry, the mess hall and the barracks, and used the stone wall of the quarry as the basis for the ice wall that protects Westeros. A functional elevator was built to lift the rangers to the top of The Wall. A castle with real rooms and a working elevator were built near cliff 400 feet (120 m) high, CGI fills in the rest to make the wall appear 700 feet (210 m) high. The area around the elevator was painted white to make it look like ice.
CAIRNCASTLE & ANTRIM COASTAL ROAD
This tiny village at the very bottom of the Glens of Antrim is the location where Ned Stark gives us an early glimpse of his firm principals by beheading a deserter at Knock Dhu, On the windswept basalt escarpment above the small village.
In series 6 the well worn limestone steps at Carnlough Harbour provided the ideal location for Arya to emerge from the bloodstained waters of Bravos and climb to safety some 30 seconds later. Making Ireland's cold harsh northern weather look even remotely like Bravos would have challenged any shows best editing techniques
The picturesque village of Cushendun, along the Causeway Coastal Route, is an important Game of Thrones’ filming location in Ireland. The wild coastline serves as the background for ships sailing from Westeros in the series and, if you venture slightly farther, you’ll find the caves where Melisandre gives birth to a murderous shadow baby in season 2.
This is also where Jamie Lannister has his last fight on his failed attempt to save Cersei in Game of Thrones Season 8
Larrybane Limestone Quarry plays a big role in season 2 and 6 of Game of Thrones.
It is the location of Renly Baratheon’s camp in season 2, and the place where Brienne of Tarth proves herself in single combat against Ser Loras of the Flowers. But that’s not all. Much has happened in this limestone quarry: Littlefinger sought out Catelyn Stark who arrived to negotiate with King Renly; and when Euron realises that his niece and nephew have stolen his ships, Rathlin island provides the perfect backdrop for his escaping fleet!
FULLERTON ARMS PUB
Next, we’ll stop at The Fullerton Arms, a hotel in which many of the cast have stayed while filming. The hotel not only serves good food but also boasts a themed dining room with its very own Iron Throne. Pose for a photo and then stop to admire door 6, a beautiful piece made from a tree from the Dark Hedges and dedicated to Drogon, Denaerys’ favourite dragon.
The small town of Ballintoy, close to the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim coast, is used for exterior shots of Pyke, capital of the Iron Islands. It is here where Theon Greyjoy returns from Winterfell to start negotiations with his father Balon. As this region is difficult to access, we’ll enjoy a quiet tour away from large coaches. Explore the area and, as you look out over the ocean, imagine embarking on a quest to rival those of the series.
This unique attraction is the only UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland. 50 to 60 million years ago, a volcanic eruption under the sea caused rapid cooling of the Basalt lava, leaving 40,000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 metres high. You cannot afford to miss a visit the Giant’s Causeway while in Ireland.
Next stop is the House of Greyjoy! Dunluce Castle was built by the McQuillan family around 1500. It is located on the top of sheer-sided cliffs 100 feet above the ocean – the perfect location for one of the Great Houses of Westeros. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones.
The Stuart family planted this beautiful avenue of beech trees in the 18th century. They couldn’t have known the worldwide interest their now-famous beech trees would
achieve. More than two centuries later, they starred as the King’s Road in Game of Thrones.