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Our Game of Thrones Experience

Are you a huge fan of the epic Game of Thrones series? Are you interested in finding out more about the magnificent filming locations? Let us customise a tour for you and your fellow “Thronies”. Check out our suggested sample tours below and contact us today with your preferred dates or special requests so we can package a bespoke Game of Thrones Experience for you.

As the night is dark & full of terrors…

The World of Westeros can be darker than Ramsay Bolton’s mind and more sadistic than Cersei Lannister’s soul. Thank the old gods & the new, that the landscapes are exquisitely stunning. But remember: landscapes like this can only be found in Northern Ireland the real Game of Thrones Territory. The medieval fantasy series is filmed in Titanic Studios in Belfast and features many scenic locations across Northern Ireland. Our rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking mountains provided the perfect setting for this fantasy series.

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Our Sample Game of Thrones Tour Packages

At Brack Tours we have collaborated with our expert coaching/guiding partners Matthews.ie to package and create a unique and memorable Game of Thrones Touring Experience. Each suggested tour incorporates many of the key moments thus far in The Seven Kingdoms. Discover where Robb Stark was named “The King in the North”, visit Winterfell home of the Stark Family “ The Wardens of North”. Walk in the footsteps of Arya Stark as we visit the Dark Hedges. So much more awaits you when you travel on a Game of Thrones tour with Brack Tours & Matthews.ie.

The Tour in the North

Tour Package 1:

This seven-night itinerary brings you right into the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Our relaxed & structured touring will have us pass through the most memorable locations from the show, where the infamous Lannisters, honorable Stark’s and the famed brothers of the Night’s Watch all play their parts. So sharpen your trusty sword, tighten your battle hardened shield-strap and set forth on a journey into the real world of Westeros with Brack Tours & Matthews.ie.

A Tour of Ice & Fire

Tour Package 2:

Our four-night itinerary lets you discover and experience some of the key scenes so far in the TV series. You will visit the camp of Renly Baratheon where Brienne of Tarth defeats Ser Loras Tyrell. Explore Cushendun Cave where Davos Seaworth takes Melisandre to birth the Shadow Baby that kills Renly. Another major highlight of this particular tour is the visit to Pollnagollum Cave. This natural geothermic cave is the location of Beric Dondarrion’s hideout and was used for the scene where Beric fights The Hound.

Premium G.O.T Experience

Tour Package 3:

For all you true Thronies, this is the perfect Game of Thrones Touring Experience. This Premium Game of Thrones tour package includes a private once in a lifetime experience at Shean’s Farm. This unique experience allows you to wear Game of Thrones outfits, learn how to fight like Jon Snow using a sword & shield or a bow if this is your weapon of choice. We visit the Glenarm which is home to the famous Steenson’s Jewellery who designed unique pieces for series. One of the final highlights of this tour will be our visit to Castle Ward aka Winterfell.

Have A Question About Our Game of Thrones Packages??

The above mentioned Game of Thrones packages have been created as sample packages to give you an idea of how we can incorporate the filming locations in Northern Ireland while also providing you with a genuine Irish Touring experience. For more information and to have the package priced based on the number of members who will be travelling please fill out our enquiry form or send us a direct email by contacting info@bracktours.com.

So, what are you waiting for? Your journey through Northern Ireland, the real world of Westeros begins here with Brack Tours & Matthews.ie.

Valar Dohaeris

Be inspired by the below video from Tourism Ireland:

Northern Ireland

G.O.T Filming Locations:

We have put together a guide to some of the top locations that feature in the popular TV Show, so you can discover these enchanting places for yourself. Warning – some location details may include spoilers for those that have not watched or read the book series.

Do you ever think of Yara, that horse ride she shared with Theon was filmed 12 miles from Ballintoy Harbour– as the raven flies – at Murlough Bay. Shielded by steep rock walls, the path to the sea is scarred with gnarled trees and even has views across to Scotland. It’s in these Atlantic waters that Ser Davos was rescued following the Battle of the Blackwater. and Tyrion and Jorah come ashore on Slavers’ Bay, only to be accosted by slavers. Today, its sea vistas and wild headlands are some of the most spectacular views on the north coast.

On the border between County Antrim and County Derry-Londonderry is Binevenagh Mountain, marking the edge of the Antrim plateau and boasting panoramic views from the summit that stretch for miles. No wonder this is the location chosen for the Dothraki Sea far above the city of Meereen. It’s where Daenerys is rescued by her dragon Drogon and brought to his lair…

Love old Castles?? Look no further than Shane’s Castle in County Antrim. Built in the 14th century on the edge of Lough Neagh, this ruined castle was the backdrop to the jousting tournament. You know the one, where Gregor Clegane beheaded a horse? Lough Neagh was also transformed into the Summer Sea, where Jorah steals a boat, takes Tyrion captive and sets sail to his beloved Daenerys in Meereen.

Downhill Strand is far from the only gorgeous beach in Northern Ireland. County Derry-Londonderry’s Portstewart Strand boasts miles of golden sand, and this scenic spot is where Jaime and Bronn, disguised as Martell soldiers, approach the gates of the Water Gardens and where the two fight (and kill) some Dornish.

Remember Theon pre-Reek? Arriving at Pyke to seek an alliance with Balon? That Iron Island port he docked at is actually a far calmer Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim. Still used by local fishermen and boatmen, it was here Theon was baptized as his sister Yara looked on. The little harbor is a spear’s throw from the iconic Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder on the Causeway Coastal Route.

Nature was definitely smiling on HBO’s location scouts when they found the Dark Hedges, a haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees near Armoy, County Antrim.

It became the Kingsroad, where Arya disguised herself as a boy to avoid capture. But captured she was, and dragged to the Brotherhood without Banners’ hideout, otherwise known to us as Pollnagollum Cave in County Fermanagh. Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, it’s an extensive maze of underground passages that attracts explorers from distant lands.

As you creep into Antrim’s Cushendun Caves, which formed over a period of 400 million years, bear in mind that this is the same spot where Melisandre birthed the shadow assassin. She also burned the old gods on Dragonstone, otherwise known as Downhill Strand in County Londonderry, a scenic beach dominated by the elegant 18th century ruins of Mussenden Temple.

Located along the stunning North Coast close to Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge, this area is exceptional in it’s natural beauty. Larrybane headland, which once stretched out towards Sheep Island and had a promontory fort on the top dating to 800AD, had large caves underneath which once served as home to boat builders and a safe resting place from winter storms. It is here that we meet Brienne of Tarth as she beats Ser Loras and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard as her reward. Catelyn Stark comes to negotiate with Renly Baratheon (now also calling himself King), on behalf of her son, Robb Stark, King in the North. Despite having been quarried in the 1950s this quarry is still worth a visit for its exceptional views. Fans will recognise the Stormlands and the final place we see Renly alive..

Located along the shores of Strangford Lough in the Castle Ward Estate, Co, Down. Visitors to the area can explore Robb’s Trail, one of two Game of Thrones self-guided cycling tours provided by Clearsky Adventure Centre. The signed trail visits Audley’s Castle and Field, which featured in the series. Audley’s Tower was used during Season One as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. And also used to film Robb’s Camp where he first meets Tulisa as she is tending the wounded on the battlefield.

Tollymore Forest Park, County Down, made its mark as the Haunted Forest, where the White Walkers began their march into the realm of men. These 600 hectares hold ancient redwoods as well as Gothic stone arches – the remnants of an 18th century estate. The ‘bastard of Bolton’ hunted Theon here, and it’s where the Starks discover the direwolves. Listen carefully, you might still hear their howls.

Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, Inch Abbey was founded by John de Courcy in atonement for his destruction of Erenagah Abbey. The buildings are mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries while it is believed the church is older than that at Grey Abbey which was built around 1193. The historic site is used as the locations of the Twins in the Riverlands home to the house of Tully. It is here that Catelyn and Robb hear of Ned’s beheading; “We will kill them all” and thus his Banners stand with him and make him King in the North.

Castle Ward, County Down, and its lands were home to House Stark before the Boltons’ seige. Here, you’ll find the crenelated 16th century ruin that doubled as Winterfell and its courtyard. Not far away is Audley’s Field on the shore of Strangford Lough. This is exactly where Jaime was captured – and released.This fascinating house features both Gothic and Classical styles of architectural treatment, internally and externally. Inside the beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find an exotic sunken garden and paths that wind their way through woodland and suddenly open onto the quiet shores of the Lough.

Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh. Its name is Irish for ‘Hole of the doves’. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. If you fancy catching a glimpse, you can follow the Belmore Forest walk which leads to a viewing point for the cave. The exterior of Pollnagollum Cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3 along with his men who call themself the Brotherhood without Banners.

One of our most iconic locations, Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand and surf located on the Causeway Coast. This magnificent location is also home to Mussenden Temple. Part of Downhill Demense, the temple was originally built as a summer library. It perches dramatically on a 120ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean with views to Magilligan Point and Fair Head. Here we witness the Burning of the old gods by the Red Lady Melisandra. Ser Davos Seaworth, Stannis Baratheon Old retainer tries to stop her. She exhorts Stannis to draw a sword from the flames – “The Lightbringer”. Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Fans will recognise this location as the Dragonstone exterior.

Interested in a Self-drive or Chauffeur Driven Game of Thrones Package??

We also can tailor make a self drive or private chauffeur driven Game of Thrones Tour Package suited to your needs if you wish to receive more information on the packages that we can offer please email info@bracktours.com.

Winter Is Coming

“All TOUR’S ARE INDEPENDENTLY OPERATED BY BRACK TOUR’S. IT IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED, OR AFFILIATED WITH HBO OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ‘GAME OF THRONES”.

Our Game of Thrones Experience:

Are you a huge fan of the epic Game of Thrones series? Are you interested in finding out more about the magnificent filming locations? Let us customise a tour for you and your fellow “Thronies”. Check out our suggested sample tours below and contact us today with your preferred dates or special requests so we can package a bespoke Game of Thrones Experience for you.

As the night is dark & full of terrors…

The World of Westeros can be darker than Ramsay Bolton’s mind and more sadistic than Cersei Lannister’s soul. Thank the old gods & the new, that the landscapes are exquisitely stunning. But remember: landscapes like this can only be found in Northern Ireland the real Game of Thrones Territory. The medieval fantasy series is filmed in Titanic Studios in Belfast and features many scenic locations across Northern Ireland. Our rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking mountains provided the perfect setting for this fantasy series.

Valar Morghulis

Our Sample Game of Thrones Tour Packages:

At Brack Tours we have collaborated with our expert coaching/guiding partners Matthews.ie to package and create a unique and memorable Game of Thrones Touring Experience. Each suggested tour incorporates many of the key moments thus far in The Seven Kingdoms. Discover where Robb Stark was named “The King in the North”, visit Winterfell home of the Stark Family “ The Wardens of North”. Walk in the footsteps of Arya Stark as we visit the Dark Hedges. So much more awaits you when you travel on a Game of Thrones tour with Brack Tours & Matthews.ie.

The Tour in the North Tour Package 1:

This seven-night itinerary brings you right into the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Our relaxed & structured touring will have us pass through the most memorable locations from the show, where the infamous Lannisters, honorable Stark’s and the famed brothers of the Night’s Watch all play their parts. So sharpen your trusty sword, tighten your battle hardened shield-strap and set forth on a journey into the real world of Westeros with Brack Tours & Matthews.ie.

A Tour of Ice & Fire Tour Package 2:

Our four-night itinerary lets you discover and experience some of the key scenes so far in the TV series. You will visit the camp of Renly Baratheon where Brienne of Tarth defeats Ser Loras Tyrell. Explore Cushendun Cave where Davos Seaworth takes Melisandre to birth the Shadow Baby that kills Renly. Another major highlight of this particular tour is the visit to Pollnagollum Cave. This natural geothermic cave is the location of Beric Dondarrion’s hideout and was used for the scene where Beric fights The Hound.

Premium G.O.T Experience Tour Package 3:

For all you true Thronies, this is the perfect Game of Thrones Touring Experience. This Premium Game of Thrones tour package includes a private once in a lifetime experience at Shean’s Farm. This unique experience allows you to wear Game of Thrones outfits, learn how to fight like Jon Snow using a sword & shield or a bow if this is your weapon of choice. We visit the Glenarm which is home to the famous Steenson’s Jewellery who designed unique pieces for series. One of the final highlights of this tour will be our visit to Castle Ward aka Winterfell.

Have A Question About Our Game of Thrones Packages??

The above mentioned Game of Thrones packages have been created as sample packages to give you an idea of how we can incorporate the filming locations in Northern Ireland while also providing you with a genuine Irish Touring experience. For more information and to have the package priced based on the number of members who will be travelling please fill out our enquiry form or send us a direct email by contacting info@bracktours.com.

So, what are you waiting for? Your journey through Northern Ireland, the real world of Westeros begins here with Brack Tours & Matthews.ie.

Valar Dohaeris

Be inspired by the below video from Tourism Ireland:

Northern Ireland G.O.T Filming Locations:

We have put together a guide to some of the top locations that feature in the popular TV Show, so you can discover these enchanting places for yourself. Warning – some location details may include spoilers for those that have not watched or read the book series.

Do you ever think of Yara, that horse ride she shared with Theon was filmed 12 miles from Ballintoy Harbour– as the raven flies – at Murlough Bay. Shielded by steep rock walls, the path to the sea is scarred with gnarled trees and even has views across to Scotland. It’s in these Atlantic waters that Ser Davos was rescued following the Battle of the Blackwater. and Tyrion and Jorah come ashore on Slavers’ Bay, only to be accosted by slavers. Today, its sea vistas and wild headlands are some of the most spectacular views on the north coast.

On the border between County Antrim and County Derry-Londonderry is Binevenagh Mountain, marking the edge of the Antrim plateau and boasting panoramic views from the summit that stretch for miles. No wonder this is the location chosen for the Dothraki Sea far above the city of Meereen. It’s where Daenerys is rescued by her dragon Drogon and brought to his lair…

Love old Castles?? Look no further than Shane’s Castle in County Antrim. Built in the 14th century on the edge of Lough Neagh, this ruined castle was the backdrop to the jousting tournament. You know the one, where Gregor Clegane beheaded a horse? Lough Neagh was also transformed into the Summer Sea, where Jorah steals a boat, takes Tyrion captive and sets sail to his beloved Daenerys in Meereen.

Downhill Strand is far from the only gorgeous beach in Northern Ireland. County Derry-Londonderry’s Portstewart Strand boasts miles of golden sand, and this scenic spot is where Jaime and Bronn, disguised as Martell soldiers, approach the gates of the Water Gardens and where the two fight (and kill) some Dornish.

Remember Theon pre-Reek? Arriving at Pyke to seek an alliance with Balon? That Iron Island port he docked at is actually a far calmer Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim. Still used by local fishermen and boatmen, it was here Theon was baptized as his sister Yara looked on. The little harbor is a spear’s throw from the iconic Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder on the Causeway Coastal Route.

Nature was definitely smiling on HBO’s location scouts when they found the Dark Hedges, a haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees near Armoy, County Antrim.

It became the Kingsroad, where Arya disguised herself as a boy to avoid capture. But captured she was, and dragged to the Brotherhood without Banners’ hideout, otherwise known to us as Pollnagollum Cave in County Fermanagh. Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, it’s an extensive maze of underground passages that attracts explorers from distant lands.

As you creep into Antrim’s Cushendun Caves, which formed over a period of 400 million years, bear in mind that this is the same spot where Melisandre birthed the shadow assassin. She also burned the old gods on Dragonstone, otherwise known as Downhill Strand in County Londonderry, a scenic beach dominated by the elegant 18th century ruins of Mussenden Temple.

Located along the stunning North Coast close to Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge, this area is exceptional in it’s natural beauty. Larrybane headland, which once stretched out towards Sheep Island and had a promontory fort on the top dating to 800AD, had large caves underneath which once served as home to boat builders and a safe resting place from winter storms. It is here that we meet Brienne of Tarth as she beats Ser Loras and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard as her reward. Catelyn Stark comes to negotiate with Renly Baratheon (now also calling himself King), on behalf of her son, Robb Stark, King in the North. Despite having been quarried in the 1950s this quarry is still worth a visit for its exceptional views. Fans will recognise the Stormlands and the final place we see Renly alive..

Located along the shores of Strangford Lough in the Castle Ward Estate, Co, Down. Visitors to the area can explore Robb’s Trail, one of two Game of Thrones self-guided cycling tours provided by Clearsky Adventure Centre. The signed trail visits Audley’s Castle and Field, which featured in the series. Audley’s Tower was used during Season One as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. And also used to film Robb’s Camp where he first meets Tulisa as she is tending the wounded on the battlefield.

Tollymore Forest Park, County Down, made its mark as the Haunted Forest, where the White Walkers began their march into the realm of men. These 600 hectares hold ancient redwoods as well as Gothic stone arches – the remnants of an 18th century estate. The ‘bastard of Bolton’ hunted Theon here, and it’s where the Starks discover the direwolves. Listen carefully, you might still hear their howls.

Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, Inch Abbey was founded by John de Courcy in atonement for his destruction of Erenagah Abbey. The buildings are mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries while it is believed the church is older than that at Grey Abbey which was built around 1193. The historic site is used as the locations of the Twins in the Riverlands home to the house of Tully. It is here that Catelyn and Robb hear of Ned’s beheading; “We will kill them all” and thus his Banners stand with him and make him King in the North.

Castle Ward, County Down, and its lands were home to House Stark before the Boltons’ seige. Here, you’ll find the crenelated 16th century ruin that doubled as Winterfell and its courtyard. Not far away is Audley’s Field on the shore of Strangford Lough. This is exactly where Jaime was captured – and released.This fascinating house features both Gothic and Classical styles of architectural treatment, internally and externally. Inside the beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find an exotic sunken garden and paths that wind their way through woodland and suddenly open onto the quiet shores of the Lough.

Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh. Its name is Irish for ‘Hole of the doves’. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. If you fancy catching a glimpse, you can follow the Belmore Forest walk which leads to a viewing point for the cave. The exterior of Pollnagollum Cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3 along with his men who call themself the Brotherhood without Banners.

One of our most iconic locations, Downhill Beach is an 11km stretch of sand and surf located on the Causeway Coast. This magnificent location is also home to Mussenden Temple. Part of Downhill Demense, the temple was originally built as a summer library. It perches dramatically on a 120ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean with views to Magilligan Point and Fair Head. Here we witness the Burning of the old gods by the Red Lady Melisandra. Ser Davos Seaworth, Stannis Baratheon Old retainer tries to stop her. She exhorts Stannis to draw a sword from the flames – “The Lightbringer”. Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Fans will recognise this location as the Dragonstone exterior.

Interested in a Self-drive or Chauffeur Driven Game of Thrones Package??

We also can tailor make a self drive or private chauffeur driven Game of Thrones Tour Package suited to your needs if you wish to receive more information on the packages that we can offer please email info@bracktours.com.

Winter Is Coming

“All TOUR’S ARE INDEPENDENTLY OPERATED BY BRACK TOUR’S. IT IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED, OR AFFILIATED WITH HBO OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ‘GAME OF THRONES”.