Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach aka Dragonstone in Game of Thrones
Giants Causeway
View of Giant's Causeway with visitors
Ballintoy Harbour (01)
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (35483)
The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Tour in Northern Ireland

Ride through Westeros on the Game of Thrones Tour in Northern Ireland. Recreate some of the most famous Game of Thrones scenes as you explore the iconic shooting locations that bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on screen.

Sit back and relax on a luxury coach, as you are whisked through the beautiful, rolling landscapes of Northern Ireland. As you pass through the verdant countryside, let your all-knowing guide reveal the history of the area, and it’s significance to GOT.

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Journey through the Seven Kingdoms

The first stop on the tour is Downhill Beach. This 11km stretch of sand has featured in the GOT TV series more than once. It provides the setting for Dragonstone Beach, home place of the Targaryen family.

Jon Snow arrived here by boat before his first meeting with Daenerys ‘Mother of Dragons’. Of course, the location was also used while Stannis Baratheon resided in Dragonstone too. You may recognize it as the beach where Melisandre burned the effigies of the old gods.

Game of Thrones Sign at Ballintoy Habour
Game of Thrones Sign at Ballintoy Habour

Next, you will visit the perfect setting for a GOT inspired photo op: Dunluce Castle. Built in the 1500s, on a cliff edge overlooking a trundling sea, this castle looks like something straight out of George RR Martin’s imagination. Make sure to ask your guide about the eventful history of the site, as there are many stories to tell!

Ballintoy Bay is another stop of great significance. A peaceful fishing village, this area may initially come across as unassuming. However, this small seaside spot was actually used to recreate Pyke, the island home of Theon Greyjoy.

You’ll also get to visit the Dark Hedges (which already sounds like a location from A Song of Ice and Fire). The interlocking trees here, planted in the 18th century, provide the eerie-looking canopy over the King’s Road. Disguised as a boy, Arya Stark travelled along this route trying to escape from King’s Landing.

Finally, your tour will stop at two historic locations of great pride for the people of Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-n-Rede rope bridge. Both are must-see sites for anybody travelling through this part of the world.

For a true Westerosi experience, the Game of Thrones Tour in Northern Ireland is the perfect adventure! Join travellers from all over the globe as you embark on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Book now!

Pick-up is available from both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.

Tour details

  • Exclusions

    Entry Fees
    Food & Drink
    Gratuities

  • Extras

    Belfast & Derry/Londonderry pickup available: £15 pp. min 4 persons.

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes

  • Trademarks

    Game of Thrones is a registered trademark of Home Box Office, Inc.

  • Disclaimer

    This tour is independently operated by Glenara Elite Travel. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.

Locations (7)

2. Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach / Dragonstone

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach / Dragonstone in Game of Thrones
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach / Dragonstone in Game of Thrones

Mussenden Temple overlooks one of the North Coasts most beautiful beaches, Downhill Beach. Stretching for over 11km this beach provides the perfect location for Mussenden Temple.

This Classical round temple was built to be a summer library, while today it stands dramatically on top of a cliff, with views of the Northern Irish and Donegal coast. Both the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach were used in Game of Thrones as the location for the Dragonstone exterior.

Remember the burning of the old gods by Melisandre on the beach? Well, that was here. And also where Stannis Baratheon draws a flaming sword from the flames, ‘Lightbringer‘.

Time at location: 60mins

3. Dunluce Castle / House Greyjoy

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is a medieval castle, originally built in 1500. When you visit this iconic monument perched on the North Antrim coastline, you will discover the dramatic history of Dunluce. Ask about the story of the kitchens falling into the sea! Oh, and how Dunluce has a potato named after it!

Time at location: 60mins

4. Giant's Causeway (Not a Game of Thrones location, but not to be missed)

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. It was created 60 million years ago and it is renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt.

Anything else? Yes! The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. People say that the rocks were carved by a giant called Finn McCool! The Giant’s Causeway is not to be missed!

Time at location: 120mins

5. Ballintoy Harbour / Lordsport

Ballintoy Harbour Northern Ireland
Ballintoy Harbour Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Bay is the real-world location of Lordsport (the port of Pyke in the Iron Islands). This picturesque little fishing village and its harbour are one of the most beautiful parts of the coast of Antrim.

The production team of the series chose this wonderful place to be the port of Pyke, where Theon Greyjoy sets foot back on the Iron Islands, admires his ship and has some trouble with his crew.

Time at location: 15mins

6. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and Larrybane Quarry / Renly Baratheon’s Camp

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Today it is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of thrill-seekers (and birdwatchers!) to the North Coast every year.

If you are bold enough to cross the 65 ft (20 m) bridge, stretching from the mainland to ‘Rocky Island’, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Rathlin Island, Scotland and the Causeway Coast. Get a bird’s eye view of the clear, green water flowing around the ancient caves and caverns far below – if you dare to look down.

Larrybane was the dramatic spot chosen for Renly Baratheon’s camp in Season 2.

Time at location: 60mins

7. The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad

The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad
The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad

The Dark Hedges might possibly be the most beautiful avenue of beech trees in the world. Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress their visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion (Gracehill House) and it does the job very well.

It is one of the most photographed sites in the country. Back in Westeros, the Dark Hedges are the Kingsroad, north of King’s Landing. Disguised as a boy, Arya escapes from the city with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and all the other people who are to join the Night’s Watch.

Time at location: 15mins

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