Games of Thrones (GoT) may be a one big fictional world, but it doesn’t mean that the locations that the series was filmed are not real either. Here are the true world locations that GoT fans can actually visit.
Magheramorne Quarry, Co. Antrim
The quarry in Antrim appears in the GoT series as the interior of Castle Black. The same location served as the wall of King’s Landing during the Battle of the Blackwater as well as the set of Hardhome in Season 4.
Marble Arch Caves Global GeoPark, Co. Fermanagh
In Season 3, the location for Beric Dondarrion’s hideout was shot at Pollnagollum Cave, which is a part of Fermanagh’s Marble Arch Caves Park.
Glens of Antrim, Co. Antrim
The Glens region of Country Antrim, which consists of nine glens, served as the Dothraki Sea during the first season of GoT.
Downhill Strand, Co. Londonderry
The beach scenes at Dragonstone Island were filmed in the beach of Downhill Strand and its surrounding cliffs. In the first episode of Season 2, which showed Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon burning the statues of The Seven, was shot in this location.
Castle Ward, Co. Down
Castle Ward may not look like it on the outside, but the castle is very important location in GoT. The castle’s courtyard is also the courtyard of Winterfell, which also served as the Whispering Wood location and several other key scenes.
Castle Ward is owned by the National Trust, and they allow GoT fans to go on cycle tours and even practice archery in the Winterfell courtyard.
Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim
Game of Thrones‘s Storm End is located on the clifftops above Murlough Bay of Ireland’s north coast. This was where Theon Greyjoy rode a horse with his sister and where we found the shipwrecked Davos Seaworth after the battle at Blackwater Bay.
Portstewart Strand, Co. Londonderry
GoT‘s Dornish peninsula is Portstewart Strand in the real world.
Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim
The Cushendun Caves are found near the small coastal village of Cushendun. The caves were used as the location where Melisandre gives birth to her shadow baby during Season 2.
Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down
The scene of the prologue and the scene where the Stark kids find their baby direwolves were filmed in one location. The location used for these scenes and other woodland scenes was the Tollymore Forest Park in County Down.
The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland’s Dark Hedges is already famous even before it was featured in Game of Thrones series. The Dark Hedges is one of the most photographed pieces of nature in the country. In GoT, the area serves as the King’s Road leading out of the King’s Landing.
Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim
Filming for the Lordsport harbour on Pyke, the Iron Island that holds the castle of House Greyjoy, the GoT producers chose Ballintoy’s harbour.
Inch Abbey, Co. Down
The scene where Catelyn and Robb learned the death of Eddard was filmed at the ruins at Inch Abbey. The same location was also used during Robb’s declaration as the King of the North during Season 2 of GoT.
Larrybane Quarry, Co. Antrim
The fight scene between Loras Tyrell and Brienne of Tarth was filmed in a former quarry that is currently being used as a car park for Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. The set for the series is no longer there, but fans can still visit the site because you can still see its surrounding area.
Carrick-A-Rede, Co. Antrim
Carrick-A-Rede’s clifftops near the Larrybane Quarry were the cliffs of The Stormlands in Westeros. It was where Renly Baratheon’s army camp was shot during Season 2.
Rowallane Garden, Co. Down
Unlike in the Game of Thrones series, you will not find a Weirwood tree in the Rowallane Garden in County Down. But this place is the real-life version of GoT‘s Winterfell’s Godswood.
Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
The Mother of Mountains in GoT is actually one of the ranges of the Mourne Mountain range in County Down. The grasslands in the area also served as a location for Dothraki Sea.
Binevenagh Mountain, Co. Londonderry
The Binevenagh Mountain and its surrounding area were featured in many scenes during the fourth season of the series.