GAME OF THRONES TOUR FROM DERRY
Northern Ireland dramatic bays, unspoilt stunning coastline and misty green mountains are real Game of Thrones territory. Experience some of the most iconic film locations in Westeros on this fun day tour. So join us and get on board! Tickets start at £50 per person.
Derry – Dark Hedges
We simply have to start at the Dark Hedges near Ballymoney. Game of Thrones fans will recognise this impressive and atmospheric tunnel of beech trees as King’s Road in Westeros. The beautiful avenue of beech trees were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. The location was used for filming Episode 1 in Season 2 (The North Remembers) when Arya Stark, dressed as a boy, escaped King’s Landing in the back of a cart.
Dark Hedges – Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. Swing out over the open ocean at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and spot nearby picturesque Larrybane Quarry where we will head next for more Game of Thrones filming locations.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – Larrybane Quarry
Larrybane Quarry is one of the most picturesque spots on the Antrim Coast. The disused limestone quarry was the filming location for Renly Baratheon’s (the youngest of the three brothers of House Baratheonin) camp in Episode 3 in Season 2, ‘What is Dead May Never Die’. This is also the spot where Catelyn Stark first met Renly Baratheon and vowed to avenge her husband’s death.
Larrybane Quarry – Ballintoy Harbour
The small fishing harbour of Ballintoy can be accessed by a spectacular, steep winding road and is a painter’s paradise with sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and a busy harbour. This is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back from the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, ‘The Sea Bitch’. It’s also where he first meets his sister Yara. Theon returns here in Episode 2 in Season 2 and is baptised here in Episode 3 in the same Season. Episode 5 in Season 6 also features Euron’s drowning and rebirth.
Lunch Break at “The Fullerton Arms”:
Game of Thrones – Amazing Fact
When some trees along Northern Ireland’s famous Dark Hedges (which we visited earlier) blew over in Storm Gertrude in 2016, Tourism Northern Ireland set about saving that piece of history for Game of Thrones fans.
They carved the felled wood into a set of 10 intricate doors, hung across a variety of locations in Northern Ireland – each telling the story of a Season 6 episode.
At the Fullerton Arms they have Game of Thrones Door 6, depicting Episode 6 Season 6. They even have a special room dedicated to the show, including a custom-built throne for you to sit on! But with all that excitement, don’t forget to get fed before we head on with our Game of Thrones Tour!
The Fullerton Arms – Giant’s Causeway
Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, we pay a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. It is a geological wonder and home to a wealth of history and legends. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago, has captured the imagination of all who see it.
Giant’s Causeway – Dunluce Castle:
The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the McQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513. The dramatic history of Dunluce is matched by tales of a banshee and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.
In Game of Thrones, Dunluce Castle is the home of Pyke – the Kings of the Iron Islands . The castle is barely recognisable as Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has been used to position Pyke Castle over various stacks of rock.
Dunluce Castle – Mussenden Temple:
Downhill Beach is a stretch of pristine white sands, overlooked by Mussenden Temple, a replica of the Temple of Vesta in Rome. But this immaculate beach has a darker side – it is where Stannis Baratheon rejects the seven old gods of Westeros. He is proclaimed as the champion of the Lord of Light by Melisandre and enters Dragonstone into the War of the Five Kings.
The undulating dunes and sands of Portstewart Strand (to the right of Mussenden Temple) featured in Episode 4 in Season 5. This is where Jaime Lannister and Bronn come ashore on Dorne, fighting and killing Dornish soldiers as they seek to return Myrcella, the only daughter of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister, back to King’s Landing.
Mussenden Temple – Binevenagh Mountains – Derry:
Binevenagh Mountain is the westernmost point of the Antrim Plateau. The Seacoast Road, below Binevenagh, appeared in Season 5 as the Dothraki Grasslands. The area also features in Episode 10 when Daenerys is rescued by her dragon, Drogon, while fleeing from the Sons of the Harpy, in the fighting pits of Meereen. She is then spotted and surrounded by a Dothraki horde.
Due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, our tours may be changed on a daily basis. Please contact us (028 7151 1690) for updates on the tour.
There can be times when we will need to walk to specific attractions. Please come dressed appropriately for the season but keep in mind, the weather in Northern Ireland can be cold at any time of the year.
- Warm clothing
- Comfortable shoes
- A print out of your boarding ticket/voucher
- Discounts for some events and attractions
- Admission fees into attractions
- Lunch at Fullerton Arms
- Online tickets are valid for up to 1 year after purchase
- Free cancellation of booking up to 72 hours before departure date, no admin fee imposed.
- Free change of date up to 12 hours before departure date, no admin fee imposed. Change of date can be within 1 year of purchase.
- Anything cancelled within 12 hours will not be refunded.
- Cancellation of some attractions may not be accepted. These are set forth by the attractions themselves and not City Sightseeing Derry.
- You can present the voucher either through print out or on your device (i.e mobile, tablet)
NORTHERN IRELAND IS GAME OF THRONES® TERRITORY
Home to more “Seven Kingdoms” locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland is Game of Thrones® Territory!
Explore the real-world Westeros. In Northern Ireland, the lush Riverlands lie side by side with the Iron Islands, the Dothraki Sea and Winterfell are neighbours, and you never know when you might come upon a direwolf. Follow the stories of the Seven Kingdoms, in Game of Thrones® Territory.