See the famous filming locations from Game of Thrones on a day trip from Dublin. See the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, Giant’s Causeway, and more. Northern Ireland was the primary filming location for the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” and the region is rich in locations that served as on-screen backdrops for the series.
This coach tour, which departs from Dublin, is led by a knowledgeable guide who can help you see more filming locations in less time. Visit Dunluce Castle (the House of Greyjoy), Carnlough (Braavos), and other filming locations, as well as the Giant’s Causeway, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- See Cushendun Caves, Dark Hedges, and parts of the Causeway Coastal Route
- Go with a guide to hear fascinating facts about the show
- Don “Game of Thrones” costumes for photographs
- Hassle-free round-trip transport from Dublin city center
The picturesque seaside town of Carnlough serves as the setting for some of the most dramatic scenes in Game of Thrones. This location, which appears in the series as the free city of Braavos, has seen more than its fair share of drama. Arya comes across Jaqen H’ghar in this location and learns how to become an assassin.
Once again during Season 6, when Arya finds herself attacked by a waif from the fearless men, she is forced to drag herself up the iconic steps of Carnlough Harbour in order to reach safety. We’ll walk through these steps and learn about some of the most iconic Game of Thrones moments that have occurred here — a must-see location on any Game of Thrones Tour in Ireland!
Caves of Cushendun
The picturesque village of Cushendun, located along the Causeway Coastal Route, has been used as a filming location for Game of Thrones episodes in Ireland. On the show, the wild coastline serves as a backdrop for ships sailing away from Westeros, and if you venture a little further inland, you’ll come across the caves where Melisandre gives birth to a murderous shadow baby in season 2.
Located in the town, the “Mary McBrides” pub houses one of the ten doors made from fallen trees from the Dark Hedges — an excellent addition to a true Game of Thrones experience. This fictional town and its coastline are iconic parts of the series, with relics and landscapes that allow viewers to imagine the HBO fantasy world in which they are set. This is also the location where Jamie Lannister fights his final battle in his failed attempt to save Cersi in Season 8 of Game of Thrones.
The Larrybane Limestone Quarry appears prominently in both seasons 2 and 6 of the HBO television series Game of Thrones. It serves as the setting for Renly Baratheon’s camp in season 2, as well as the site where Brienne of Tarth proves her mettle in single combat against Ser Loras of the Flowers in season 3. However, that is not all. Several things have happened in this limestone quarry:
Littlefinger tracked down Catelyn Stark, who had arrived to negotiate with King Renly; and when Euron discovers that his niece and nephew have stolen his ships, Rathlin island serves as the perfect backdrop for his evacuating fleet. This dramatic headland, which is close to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, is a must-see for anyone visiting Ireland.
Pyke, the capital of the Iron Islands, is filmed in the small town of Ballintoy, which is located near the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim coast. The exterior shots of Pyke are shot in the small town of Ballintoy. When Theon Greyjoy returns from Winterfell to begin negotiations with his father Balon, it is here that he receives his ship, which he will use to travel to and from the continent.
Because this region is difficult to reach, we will enjoy a quiet tour away from the crowds of large buses. Explore the surrounding area and, as you gaze out over the ocean, imagine yourself on a quest on par with those featured in the series.
The Giant’s Causeway
A volcanic eruption under the sea caused rapid cooling of the Basalt lava 50 to 60 million years ago, leaving 40,000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 metres high as a result of the rapid cooling. There are several sets of stepping stones that lead from the foot of cliffs to the sea. Located in Northern Ireland, this one-of-a-kind destination is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site there is.
The Giant’s Causeway, also known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” is a must-see attraction in Ireland and should not be missed. Allow your tour guide to tell you the story of the Irish Giant Finn McCool, who built the stepping-stones to Scotland in a single day, according to legend.
The House of Greyjoy is the next stop on the tour! Located on the top of sheer-sided cliffs 100 feet above the ocean, this imposing castle was built by The McQuillan family around 1500. It is the perfect setting for one of the Great Houses of Westeros. Pyke Castle is situated on a rocky cliff face, and the location of Dunluce Castle is reminiscent of Pyke Castle’s setting.
It was built on the site of an ancient Irish fort, and it includes a souterrain and Mermaids Cave below it. On a clear day, it provides stunning views along the Donegal coast to the east, as well as views of the sea. Located on the banks of the River Shannon, the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle stands as a testament to a long and turbulent history. The castle ended up in the possession of the legendary warrior chieftain ‘Sorley Boy MacDonnell,’ whose descendants still own the property today.
When it comes to scandal and betrayal, there is no match for the Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue, and rebellion, which is portrayed on HBO’s Game of Thrones. The fortunes of the family fluctuated according to who was on the throne in England at the time. Following the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the McDonnell family suffered from financial ruin as a result of their allegiance to the cause of James II. Dunluce Castle was abandoned, and parts of it were salvaged and used in nearby buildings after the battle.
In the 18th century, the Stuart family planted this lovely avenue of beech trees. They had no idea how popular their now-famous beech trees would become over the world. They starred as the King’s Road in Game of Thrones more than two centuries later, when Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing in season 2.
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