Last updated: August 8, 2019
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The following list shows the most highlighted filming locations of ‘Game of Thrones’ by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Therefore it is the filming locations that are most exploited as a tourist attraction.”Let us introduce you to the locations in Northern Ireland where HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ creates a fantasy world worth dying for…” (Tourism Ireland, n.d.).Old Castle Ward lies on the grounds of the Castle Ward estate, Northwest of the village of Strangford. The old castle was built in the late 16th century by the Ward family. The estate also includes the more recent Castle Ward, which is a 18th century mansion with both Gothic and Classical architectural styles, Audley’s Castle, a 15th century tower house named after its owner John Audley, and a farmyard. In the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ is the Old Castle Ward better known as Winterfell, a big castle located in the centre of the North, from where House Stark30rules over its people. Within the estate also lies Audley’s Field, where the ‘Game of Thrones’ character Robb Stark pitched his camp when he was waiting for a battle and where he first fell in love with Talisa.Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand located on the Causeway Coast. This area is best know for its nature walks, sightings of bird life, waterfalls, sand dunes and the Mussenden Temple, a 18th century temple built as a summer library on the edge of the cliffs. Both the temple as the surroundings are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. The ‘Game of Thrones’ fans will recognise this location as the exterior surroundings of Dragonstone Castle.The Pollnagollum cave, Irish for ‘Hole of the doves’, is an active stream passage cave, situated in a national nature reserve in County Fermanagh. Visitors get the chance to see a natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls and winding passages. The Belmore Forest walk leads to a viewing point for the cave. The exterior of the cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in season three of the series.Murlough Bay is located along the Causeway Coastal Route in the Northeast of County Antrim. It is well known for its flora, fauna and geology, and its views across the ocean to Rathlin Island, the Mull of Kintyre, Islay and various other Scottish Islands. In ‘Game of Thrones’ Murlough Bay is better known as the ‘Iron Islands’, where Theon rides on horse with his sister Yara and where Davos Seaworth is shipwrecked after the Battle of Blackwater Bay.Gosford Castle is a 19th century luxury castle and courtyard surrounded by a huge forest park and walled gardens, situated in County Armagh. National Trust describes it as “one of the most original buildings of the first half of the 19th century”.  The castle was used to represent Riverrun, the former seat of House Tully and also for the interior scenes of Little Finger’s brothel in King’s Landing.Tollymore Forest Park exists out of 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains offering views over the sea. The park is an area for many outdoor activities, including walking, camping,31horse riding and orienteering. It is in this forest that Ned Stark and his sons find the direwolf pups and where a member of the Night’s Watch runs into a White Walker.The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century and was intended to impress visitors approaching the entrance of their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Nowadays it has become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. In the series The Dark Hedges is better know as The Kingsroad, where Arya Stark escapes from King’s Landing.Ballintoy is a small village situated between the Giants Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge that looks out to Rathlin Island.  It is a very picturesque place and it has got some beautiful beaches. Ballintoy’s seaside was used as a setting for Pyke, one of the Iron Islands in ‘Game of Thrones’. Pyke is the home of House Greyjoy.Larrybane is located along the North Coast close to Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge. This area is well known for its beautiful nature and fisherman cottages. Close to Larryban lies Sheep Island, a popular breeding place for birds. ‘Game of Thrones’ fans will recognise this location as Storm’s End, where for example Catelyn Stark comes to treat with Renly Baratheon, and where Brienne of Tarth is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard.