The majority of the Game of Thrones TV series was filmed in the Titanic Studios in Belfast and on location in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has 8 areas of outstanding natural beauty and with the forests, mountains, moorlands and plenty of ancient castles; it’s not hard to see why they chose to film in Northern Ireland.
Castle Ward in Strangford County Down was used as the backdrop to create Winterfell and the Stark family stronghold. The tower house, which was built as a defensive structure in the estate’s farmyard, was used as the castles exterior for Winterfell. Castle Ward is an 18th century National Trust Property and open to the public. Countryfile magazine named it as one of Britain’s best filming locations to visit so it is well worth a visit
The disused Magheramorne Quarry in County Antrim was used to recreate Castle Black, home to the Night’s Watch. The location was also used to recreate the fishing village Hardhome.
The Haunted Forest
The Haunted Forest (woodland area located north of the Wall) was actually Tollymore Forest Park in County Down. This was the location used when Ned Stark and his boys came across the stag and direwolf puppies. The location was also used in the scene where one of the Nights’s watch rides through the snowy forest and see the dismembered wildling bodies.
Downhill Strand beach in County Londonderry was used for the exterior beach scenes of Dragonstone Island. This is where Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon burn the statues of the Seven in the Season 2 and in Season 3 Davos sends Gendry away on a rowing boat.
The Stormlands were filmed in Larrybane, County Antrim. Larrybane was the location used in Season 2 for Renly Baratheon’s camp and where Catelyn Stark agrees a treaty with Renley on behalf of her son Rob. House Baratheon is located in the Stormlands. Cushendun Caves were used as a backdrop when Davos Seaworth lands Melisandre ashore and witnesses her giving birth to the shadow baby.
The Dothraki grasslands where Daenerys and Drogo got married was filmed in the Shillanavogy Valley, beneath Slemish Mountain in County Antrim. The entrance to Vaes Dothrak the only city of the Dothraki people was filmed below the stunning Mourne Mountains in County Down.
The Dark Hedges near Armony, County Antrim became the Kingsroad, where Arya disguised herself as a boy to avoid capture. This row of serpentine beech trees which form a tunnel over the lane is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Island.
Pyke & The Iron Islands
Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim was the backdrop and location used for the exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands. Murlough bay was also used the Iron Islands in Season 3 where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara. They also used the bay when Davos Seaworth becomes shipwrecked after the battle of Blackwater Bay.
Robb Starks Camp
The location for Robb Starks Camp was filmed at Audley’s Field which is close to the shore of Strangford Lough which is where Jamie was captured and then released. It is also the location used when he first meets Talisa. Audley’s Field was also used for the scene when King Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell and later on where Alton Lannister is imprisoned with Jaime.
All of the internal Game of Thrones scenes such as the Throne Room and Sept of Baelor were filmed in the Titanic studios in Belfast. Titanic Studios is one of largest film studios in Europe and with a huge £14 million expansion it looks set to become the Hollywood of Europe.