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From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

1. From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations on this guided tour from Dublin. Dress up and captures some fantastic pictures of you reliving iconic moments from the show. Head the meeting point and hop aboard a climate-controlled bus. Make a quick coffee and comfort stop from 8:45-9:00. Pass the time in the coach with onboard entertainment, including a behind-the-scenes DVD clips and a 'Brain of Thrones' quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park at 10:15 and take a 3-kilometer trek to several iconic season one locations, including where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Starks find a dead direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel on to Strangford, a small fishing village where you there is a break for lunch. Your guide will pass around a menu to pre-order a hot pub lunch from 1:00-2:00. You may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell castle and courtyard in season one. Go on a second 3-kilometer walk around the estate to visit several season one and two locations including a tower house used as one of Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's war camp in the Riverlands.  The final stop of the day is Inch Abbey, the 12th century ruins where Robb Stark was declared King in the North at the end of season one. Your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners and metal swords and shields to help you go full immersive and channel your inner Stark solider.

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

2. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

Depart Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn Hotel) at 7:30. Drive one hour to the first visit of the day, Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell castle and courtyard in season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming local pub. Your guide will pass around a menu to pre-order a hot pub lunch if you wish. You may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer (cost of lunch is not included in your ticket price). After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the film location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, direwolf banners, metal swords and shields for photo opportunities. Final visit of the day is Tollymore Forest Park. This is the forest where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's find a dead direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Belfast. You'll be dropped off back at Leonardo Hotel.

From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

3. From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

Day 1 Departing Dublin at 09:00, you will travel north towards the border with Northern Ireland. From here, it will be a short journey into the city of Belfast famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the key areas of the city, you will arrive in the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter, where you will have time for lunch and perhaps a visit to the award-winning museum. Other options here include a visit to the SS Nomadic, the last surviving White Star Line steamship, HMS Caroline, the fascinating Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House or perhaps take a black cab tour of the city. Later in the afternoon, you will leave the city and travel into the countryside of County Down for a visit to the world-famous house and gardens at Mount Stewart before arriving in the seaside resort town of Bangor - your base for the next two nights. Day 2   Today, you will follow one of the world’s great driving routes – the Causeway Coastal route through the beautiful scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. The tour follows the coast road from Larne to the world-famous Giant's Causeway. Along the way, you will makes stops in attractive historic villages such as Glenarm and Ballycastle as well as scenic attractions such as the Cushendun Caves and the many viewpoints along this stunning coastline. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to explore the incredible rock formations at Giant’s Causeway. Several places along the route were used as filming location for the TV series "Game of Thrones" and the last stop of the day will be at the stunning Dark Hedges - make sure your camera still has some battery power left.  From here, you will return back to Bangor for another night. Day 3  After another day full of contrasts and fascinating visits, start with a trip along the Ards Peninsula – a great favorite with holiday makers from all over Northern Ireland. At Portaferry, take a boat across the mouth of Strangford Lough to visit Castle Ward with its 18th century mansion, extensive gardens and grounds, estate walks and for "Game of Thrones" enthusiasts, the location of Winterfell and other scenes. From here, it will be a short drive to Downpatrick, site of the burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. You will have time for lunch here and perhaps a visit to Down Cathedral or St. Patrick's center. In the afternoon, the tour will continue along the coast with the brooding granite peaks of Mourne Mountains on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. After a detour into the heart of the mountains through an area of traditional farms with their fascinating field patterns and huge stone walls, you will reach the coast again on the shores of Carlingford Lough for the final stop of the day. From here, you will return back across the border and travel south to Dublin arriving around 19:00.

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What people are saying about Castle Ward

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4.8 / 5

based on 70 reviews

Our guide was great and because he himself played as an extra on GOT, he had a lot of insider information. You could look up the corresponding scene at each location using a tablet. That was great and so you could see directly what is real and what was technically added later. In addition, the landscape of Northern Ireland is gorgeous.

For fans of the series, certainly an unforgettable day! I suggest going with sneakers that can get wet and dirty, as the journey is all on a dirt road. It is also important to bring water and be prepared to walk all day.

Excellent tour! I enjoyed it a lot, our guide was fantastic and the places we visited were incredible, I totally recommend it. You have to walk a lot, so I recommend appropriate clothing and a raincoat in case it rains.

The tour was very entertaining, as well as having many details and audiovisual material. Grateful to take this tour, it was a day full of adventure and good vibes.

Amazing experience! Lar is a great guy and we enjoyed every bit of his tour! We’ve also encountered some horses that were actually in the show too!!