Tour Code: 5844GOT
Duration: 9 hours
Leave Belfast to visit filming locations used in the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series on a private tour, and explore the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, too! While the epic fantasy drama has been filmed all over Europe, many of the key scenes are filmed in Northern Ireland. See iconic sites with a ‘Game of Thrones’ expert as your private guide, and hear insider gossip about popular characters like Tyrion Lannister. After visiting places such as Ballytown, Carrick-a-Rede and Ballintoy Harbour, enjoy free time to explore the rocks at the Giant’s Causeway.
Start your day with a hotel pickup from your central Belfast hotel and travel along the scenic Causeway Coastal Route. As you travel north, your private guide will talk to you about the popular Game of Thrones TV series, adapted from George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
Stop in the town of Cushendun and walk to the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow baby’ who went on to slay Renly Baratheon. Hear tales of the power struggles, battles and trysts between the noble families of Westeros, and learn gossip about the morally dubious King Joffrey Baratheon.
Travel by minivan to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities, and after stretching your legs on a stroll, travel to the Dark Hedges road. With its natural archway of intertwined trees, the road is one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed locations and the place where Ayra Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing. Pose for pictures, and then continue your journey north.
The next destination is Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – an iconic crossing that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. While not used in Game of Thrones, the bridge is framed by magnificent headland that provided a backdrop for several scenes. After your guide points out the places that featured in key stories enjoy some free time to take a walk across the bridge.
Take a break for lunch (own expense) at Ballintoy Harbour (Lordsport Harbour in the series) and then travel to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway to explore at leisure. While the location hasn’t been used in Game of Thrones, the site is the Causeway Coast’s showpiece, and it’s well worth visiting while in the area. Walk around admiring the hexagonal rock columns and gaze out at the crashing waves along the dramatic coastline.
Board your minivan and travel back to Belfast, making one last stop at Downhill Strand – a place that featured as Dragonstone during the burning of the Seven Idols of Westeros. Your tour then finishes in the early evening back at your Belfast hotel.