Game of Thrones 1-Day Private Tour from Belfast
Northern Ireland is officially The Home of Thrones. Fabled castles, haunted forests and now a stunning, hand-woven tapestry – Game of Thrones® – has become a part of Northern Ireland’s epic story.
Westeros might feel like another world, but the Seven Kingdoms are very real. The dramatic landscape of Game of Thrones® finds a home in Northern Ireland. As one of the key filming locations for the hit television show, this is a place where fantasy comes to life.
You can imagine White Walkers roaming the forests, direwolves howling in the night and dragons soaring overheard. So be brave, and take your first steps down the Kingsroad to discover the wonders of Westeros.
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This is a fully guided, all day tour taking in the best of the Game of Thrones filming locations on the beautiful North Antrim coast. There are seven designated stopping points, but the tour also weaves past and takes in other well-known parts of ‘Westeros’. The Glens of Antrim, an area of outstanding natural beauty, will be enjoyed en route to the Giant’s Causeway.
This part of Northern Ireland has so many direct links to the series, and they are nothing short of incredible. See first-hand the stunning scenery featured as the backdrop to the worlds biggest show when you join us for an unforgettable day.
The standard tour covers the North Coast filming locations in Antrim with a visit to Titanic Quarter to see the Season 8 Kings Landing set – the largest and most expensive set in TV history and to see the location of the main filming studio.
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This tour is independently operated by Belfast Day Tours. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.
The Cushendun Caves helped to create some of the eerie settings near Storm’s End. These 400-million-year-old caves provided the perfect rocky, coastal landscape to represent the Baratheon homeland.
In the GOT TV series, the Cushendun Caves feature in one of the show’s most famous and mystical scenes. Here, Melisandre gives birth to the Shadow Assassin, much to the amazement of Davos Seaworth. This smokey spectre travels through the air to find Renly Baratheon, killing him in his tent. For viewers, this was the first time they saw how powerful Melisandre could really be. It also showed how far Stannis Baratheon would truly go to sit on the Iron Throne.
But the Cushendun Caves are more than just the backdrop for Storm’s End. They are a thing of natural beauty and undeniable proof of the picturesque qualities of the Northern Irish coastline. When visiting the cave featured in the show, make sure to take the time to soak up the verdant green landscape, and breath in some fresh Irish Sea air.
The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge is a unique feature along the Northern Irish coast. With the original bridge dating back over 350 years, it is a proud piece of local history.
Coming to a length of 20m, and hanging 30m above sea level, it connects the mainland with Carrickarede island. The name of this island roughly translates as “The Rock of the Casting”, as it was a casting-off point for salmon fishermen. Now it is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Walking along the bridge, you are treated to breathtaking views of the Northern Irish coastline. You will also be able to spot the nearby Sheep Island and the inhabited Rathlin Island. On a clear day, you might even be able to make out the outline of Scotland, on the other side of the Irish Sea. That is, of course, if you have the guts to make the crossing.
Larrybane Quarry served as the setting for an important Game of Thrones scene when it was used as Renly Baratheon’s Camp in the TV series.
The old chalk quarry was transformed into a tourney site for an episode in Season 2. It’s rocky landscape and coastal features made it a great location to recreate part of The Stormlands, where Renly set up his camp.
Here, Renly and his new queen, Margaery Tyrell, watch from the sidelines as Loras Tyrell battles an unknown opponent. After defeating Loras, the challenger lifts off their helmet, introducing us to Brienne of Tarth for the first time. As a reward for winning, Brienne asks to join Renly’s Kingsguard. It is also here that Renly meets with Catelyn Stark, who warns him to take the upcoming war more seriously.
Without the sets and props from the show, Larrybane Quarry holds little resemblance to Renly Baratheon’s Camp. But it’s towering rock faces and sea views still make it a site worth visiting.
Close by is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, another popular tourist destination in the area.
Ballintoy Harbour, on Ireland’s north coast, is the Game of Thrones filming location for Lordsport, the main port of Pyke. One of the Iron Islands, Pyke is the home of Theon and Yara Greyjoy.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, Pyke is described as an island rich with mines containing iron, lead and tin. Due to its rocky landscape, Ballintoy Harbour was considered to be the perfect location to recreate the island.
We see this location for the first time in Season 2 of GOT. It is to here that Theon returns home after his time as a ward in Winterfell. It is here that we are first introduced to Yara, who Theon does not recognise and mistakes for a commoner, who he then attempts to seduce.
Aside from playing an important part in the world of the Seven Kingdoms, Ballintoy Harbour boasts an inherent attractiveness. Its panoramic coastal views, bustling wildlife, and quaint atmosphere make it a wonderful place for a relaxing visit.
History also abounds in this area. Centuries’ old structures, such as Ballintoy Church and Dunseverick Castle, are just waiting to be explored. Ballintoy’s maritime culture and heritage also runs deep, and is still very much alive and celebrated among the locals.
The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Northern Ireland’s most popular historical landmarks. It draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Situated on the County Antrim coast, Giant’s Causeway is the product of two natural forces coming together. It formed when molten lava cooled down as it met with the cold sea water, around 50 to 60 million years ago. The result was a sprawling bed of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, that covers just under 5km of coastline.
Some legends also talk about how Giant’s Causeway came to be. The most popular features the Irish mythical character Fionn mac Cumhaill, who was feuding with a Scottish giant, Benandonner. Fionn built the causeway between the two islands so that they could fight it out.
However, when he saw how big Benandoner really was, he retreated back to his wife for help. She quickly wrapped Fionn in a blanket and laid him across her lap. When the Scottish giant arrived she told him that this was, in fact, the infant son of Fion mac Cumhaill. Seeing how big the toddler was, Benandonner figured that the father must be enormous. So, he ran away, destroying the causeway as he went.
Exterior shots of Dunluce Castle were used in Game of Thrones for House Greyjoy on Pyke Island. But that’s not the only exciting thing about this 16th-century structure. It has many other claims to fame and tales from within its walls.
Featuring on the HBO TV series wasn’t the first time that Dunluce Castle was shown to the world. In the early 70s, it also featured on the inner sleeve of the Led Zeppelin album Houses of the Holy. It was also the one-time home of the famous Scottish warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell. It was during Sorely’s reign that the Girona, a vessel from the Spanish Armada, was caught in a storm and wrecked on nearby rocks. The canons were taken from the ship and installed as the castle’s security system.
A local legend also claims that at one time, due to cliff beneath the castle eroding, the castle’s kitchen suddenly plummeted into the sea. The only member of staff left alive was the kitchen boy. He was sitting on a stool in the inside corner of the room when it fell.
Where Melisandre burns the seven gods effigies – the “Lord of Light”.
Binevenagh Mountain provides the setting for the Dothraki Grasslands in Game of Thrones. First appearing in Season 5, this is just one of the many spectacular landscapes of Northern Ireland that appear on the TV series.
Fleeing from the Sons of the Harpy, Daenerys Targaryen flies to this mountaintop on the back of her faithful dragon Drogo. Unfortunately, she ends up leaping from the frying pan into the fire. Having just escaped the troubles in Mereen, she meets Khal Moro’s khalasar and is captured.
Molten lava accumulated to form Binevanagh Mountain around 60 million years ago. As a result, it now looms over the county of Derry/Londonderry, and forms part of the Antrim Plateau. The plateau extends nearly 10 kilometres across the Magilligan peninsula. The mountain’s steep rockfaces dominate the skylines of the surrounding villages. Because of these features, this sprawling, rugged landscape made the perfect location to film the Dothraki Grasslands.
The rocky, natural setting draws in many sports enthusiasts. For example, the mountain attracts hillwalkers and climbers throughout the year. Its steep cliffs also make it the perfect location for hang gliding. Soaring through the air, you’ll experience breathtaking aerial views of Northern Ireland’s coastline. And, for those looking for something less dangerous, an artificial lake on the mountaintop is a great place for trout fishing.
The Dark Hedges looked like a place straight out of a fantasy novel long before it became the backdrop of The Kingsroad in Game of Thrones. The interlocking canopy of trees covering the road naturally creates a sense of magic and mystery.
James Stuart originally planted the beech trees lining this road in 1755. He wanted them to grow and line the entranceway to his home, Gracehill House.
According to local legend, a ghost named the Grey Lady haunts the Dark Hedges. Some say she is the spirit of James Stuart’s daughter, or possibly a housemaid who died mysteriously. Others speculate that the Grey Lady is a spirit from a nearby abandoned graveyard. People say that on Halloween night, her fellow graveyard residents join in on the haunting fun!
While James Stuart originally planted 150 trees, only around 90 are still standing. In 2016, Storm Gertrude fell two trees and damaged a third. The timber from these trees made 10 bespoke doors. Each one features a Game-of-Thrones-inspired design. You can find them throughout Northern Ireland.