Five Stunning Game of Thrones Locations in North Ireland

A must-visit destination in the United Kingdom, Northern Island is globally recognized for its stunning mountains, Norman castles, and glacial valleys. Its capital city, Belfast, is home to the exquisite political murals that document the twentieth century "Troubles" as well as the Titanic Quarter.

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Spending your vacation in the impressive city of Belfast is definitely worth it. And if you are a big fan of the popular television series, Game of Thrones, you will be more interested to see its filming locations. In fact, the Seven Kingdoms in the series were shot in different landscapes and castles found in Northern Ireland. You can actually tour these places and have the chance to relive your favorite scenes. It is easier for you to visit each location if you drive a car hire in Belfast. Commuting can be a hassle, and there's no way to maximize your itinerary without one. Hence, here are some of the moorlands, mountains, and forests that were transformed into picturesque backdrops for the Game of Thrones series:

Tollymore Forest Park

This 600-hectare park located in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains consists of Gothic-style gate arches and ancient redwoods that depict the Haunted Forest in the series. One of its prominent features is its entrance with a splendid avenue of Deodar cedars. You can also see giant Monterey pines and various exotic trees, like eucalyptus and monkey puzzle.

Downhill Beach

A part of the 11-kilometer stretch of surf and sand, Downhill Beach was used to represent the Dragonstone, the place where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned. This stretch of beach is one of the most impressive views in North Ireland where you can enjoy sightseeing and tons of water activities with your family or friends.

Dark Hedges

Representing the Kingsroad in the Game of Thrones series, Dark Hedges is a magnificent avenue of beech trees near Armoy, County Antrim that became one of the most photographed wonders in North Ireland. In the series, this was where Arya disguised as a boy to avoid being captured.

Ballintoy Harbour

Situated along the B15 coast road, Ballintoy Harbour is a scenic small fishing harbour that depicted the series' Iron Islands. It is also known as a "raised beach" where you can witness an authentic Irish rural life. One of the most memorable scenes filmed in this place was when Theon Greyjoy first met his sister Yara.

Castle Ward

The major location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding it in the North is the Castle Ward. This gorgeous 820-acre walled demesne is designed with both classical and Gothic styles. You can find an exotic sunken garden inside it and a haunting woodland too. The scene where King Robert Baratheon and company were met by the Starks took place here.

Indeed, North Ireland is the place to be for all the avid fans of Game of Thrones. You will absolutely appreciate this beautiful place and feel like you are in Westeros. Visit Belfast and relive the scenes in your favorite drama series.

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April 19, 2016

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