Game of Thrones has been one of the biggest smash hit TV shows of recent years, with the epic fantasy series gathering fans around the world as diverse as US President Barack Obama, Hollywood actors like Seth Rogen and music star Snoop Dogg.
Adapted from the long-running book series by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones hit TV screens in 2011, and has never looked back since, quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular shows. With some of the show’s major scenes filmed across Northern Ireland, we at Travelodge Hotels Ireland have brought you this guide to the most picturesque filming locations used for the series.
At Travelodge we run the largest chain of budget hotels in Ireland, with a cheap hotel right in the centre of Belfast city around which you can see some of the most impressive natural areas the country has to offer. Book now for a far safer stay than you’d get at The Twins, and save with our amazing hotel deals.
Game of Thrones Filming locations in Northern Ireland
With a huge number of scenes filmed across Northern Ireland for the show, you can find hundreds of memorable areas around Northern Ireland, but we’ve focused on the most iconic areas here. Regular Game of Thrones tours leave from the city centre of Belfast to take you round some incredible areas like the Cushendun caves, which saw Melisandre give birth to a Shadow baby as well as Murlough Bay, where the smuggler Davos Seaworth was stranded after the Battle of the Blackwater.
If you’re traveling around by yourself we recommend spending a while at the gorgeous Downhill Beach. This gorgeous natural area spans a huge and tranquil area at the base of a cliff. The famous Mussenden Temple stands at the top of this cliff giving unbeatable views over the Atlantic Ocean. In the series, the beach and temple were used as the scene of Stannis Baratheon’s conversion to the Lord of Light, along with the burning of the seven.
While most people would reach the beach from Derry city, it’s easy to reach from Belfast. Just take a train or bus up to Coleraine and travel on to reach Castlerock. From there, the beach and temple are both just a short walk away letting you explore the area with ease.
If you’re driving around Northern Ireland, we really recommend a trip over to the Dark Hedges. An imposing sight, the Dark Hedges are trees which loom over the road, creating an intimidating avenue used as the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones. Many assumed that the tree path was created with CGI because of its surprising appearance, but the area is completely real, and we definitely recommend checking it out.
Cheap Hotels for Game of Thrones tours in Northern Ireland
At Travelodge Hotels Ireland we are dedicated to making your stay as comfortable as possible. We strip out unnecessary and overpriced extras to give you the best rates guaranteed when you book through our website. Save money whenever you book with Travelodge in any one of the Ireland cities where we run budget hotels.
Our Travelodge Belfast Hotel is perfectly located for anyone wanting to explore the great attractions that Belfast has to offer. With a central location right by the Belfast City Hall you can easily get across the city no matter what you want to see.
All of our comfortable rooms in our cheap Belfast hotel comes with a spacious en suite bathroom, a flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi access, facilities for tea and coffee as well as a warm welcome whenever you arrive with our 24 hour check in. Book a room in advance and you’ll save even more on our comfortable accommodation.
Suggested Local Belfast Attractions
The city of Belfast has some of the greatest attractions in the whole of Ireland, and we at Travelodge want to make sure that you don’t miss any of the great things you can see while staying in the city. We’ve put together a list of our favourite visitor attractions in the city so that you don’t miss any of the great things to see while staying in our budget Belfast hotel.
Check out our Belfast Top 10 Attractions page to find out more about the great things you can do when you book a holiday in the city.
As the ideal vantage point from which to appreciate stunning views of the city, Belfast Castle is a popular destination for all the family to visit. Built from 1862-1870, Belfast Castle is located in Cave Hill Country Park which is home to an array of wildlife including long-eared owls and sparrowhawks. The park features the Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, an ecotrail, landscaped gardens, a Millennium herb garden, archaeological sites and orienteering routes.
Right next to Belfast Castle, the Belfast Zoo is one of Belfast’s most loved tourist attractions, with some incredible animals in a safe and comfortable environment. Amongst the animals kept by the zoo are elephants, kangaroos, meerkats and some of the only Barbary lions left in the world, the only ones still alive in Ireland and the UK. Opened in 1934, the zoo has helped keep several critically endangered species alive, with their breeding program meaning that the zoo has some very rare infant animals, offering a unique chance to see some fascinating creatures.
The largest museum in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum, founded in 1821, has expanded from its original purpose as a natural history museum to encompass a world class range of items. The art collection is of particular note, ranging from the works of Francis Bacon, famous Irish artist, to incredible antiques from ancient Indian civilisations. Exhibits in the museum include Egyptian mummies, both the painted sarcophagi and the mummies themselves.