13 Dec Game Of Thrones Destinations: Welcome To Northern Ireland
There is something about the wild, rugged yet absolutely stunning landscape of Northern Ireland that calls out to travelers and touches a sense of romance and adventure in us all. Perhaps this is why this beautiful part of the world is prominently featured as a background to many scenes in the Game of Thrones series.
Game of Thrones travel Northern Ireland
Travelers to this part of the world will find they are welcomed with open arms, and the locals are happy to provide ideas on where to travel, what to see and where filming occurred. The countryside is dotted with castles, fortresses and natural wild areas, perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax and take in the beauty of this ancient land.
Many of the locations that were filmed in the making of the Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland are UNESCO-listed sites. These are often surprisingly close to major centers such as a Belfast and Dublin, allowing couples to enjoy the entertainment and fine dining of world-class restaurants and hotels while still having the rustic adventure of a walking tour of the filming locations.
Easily recognizable as the Iron Islands in the series, Ballintoy Harbor is one area where you will feel the soul of the country and a deep appreciation for the rugged yet picturesque part of the world. Just a short-day trip from Belfast, this is an area you will want to explore and spend time enjoying the experience.
The mystery of the treed tunnel that is known as the Dark Hedges is a must-see location on Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland. The massive tree canopies and the huge trunks, this is a wonderful place for photographs and a sight that will never be forgotten.
The Stark family, or the House of Stark, used the Castle Ward as their Winterfell castle. Castle Ward is an actual 18th-century mansion that offers several different types of architectural styles and trails, gardens and places to tour. There are even trails for riders and cyclists around the castle, making this a terrific location for a day spent exploring.
Located just outside of Belfast, this is the location used for the filming of the birth of Melisandre’s baby Shadow in the second season of the show. Typically, tours or trips to this filming location will also take in the Giant’s Causeway as well as Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Northern Ireland provides a wealth of cultural events, fine dining and world-class accommodations. This is an ideal romantic getaway with abundant scenery and things to do for all to enjoy.
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