The fields of County Down, once a place of peaceful and quiet serenity, have been filled by hundreds of eager tourists keen to get a glimpse into the fictional world of TV’s popular Game of Thrones. Like many locations across Northern Ireland, local spots including Inch Abbey, the Quoile River, Castle Ward and Audley’s Field have benefited from an influx of visitors over the past few years due to their cameos on the award-winning show.
There are many different tour companies eager to get in on the Game of Thrones craze, offering archery experiences, bus tours and walks through the show’s mysterious world. With many of them offering highly knowledgeable tour guides, fully prepared for any questions you may have regarding our local history and its connections to the show, a Game of Thrones tour is the perfect way to take in the scenes of rural Northern Ireland in a unique way!
Killyleagh offers the perfect home base for visitors keen to check out the Game of Thrones locations across County Down and further afield, and Dufferin Coaching Inn & Hall’s cosy and well-appointed rooms provide the ideal accommodation for you while you make your way through Winterfell, visit Robb Stark’s camp, or try your hand at an archery experience.
Here are some of our must-see Game of Thrones-themed attractions for your stay in Killyleagh:
1. Archery Experience at Winterfell
Located just a few miles away at the Clearsky Adventure Centre, Winterfell Tours Castle & Demesne offers a range of experiences to get you in the Game of Thrones mood, from medieval banquets to a romp with direwolf pups and a unique opportunity to try your hand at archery – a must-have skill for all Game of Thrones characters.
2. Tour of the Northern Locations with Stones and Thrones Tour
If you’ve made your way around the more southerly Game of Thrones landmarks, you can easily hop on a bus in Belfast for a day exploring the northernmost show locations. Explore the iconic Ballintoy Harbour, the Dark Hedges, the Giants Causeway and more in comfort with City Tours Belfast on the Stones and Thrones tour.
3. Hop a bus to Winterfell
Offering a perfect way to see the sights of Winterfell and surrounding film locations in County Down, McComb’s 5-star coach tours provide a comfortable and informative option for those eager to see as many popular Game of Thrones location as possible in one day. Choose from the Winterfell tour, which departs every Friday and stops at Tollymore Forest Park, Percy French Restaurant in Newcastle, Inch Abbey, Audley’s Castle and Castle Ward. To get the full Game of Thrones experience, book the additional tour to Westeros which includes locations along the North Coast like Cushendun, Ballintoy Harbour, Giant’s Causeway, Larrybane and the Dark Hedges. This tour departs most days of the week.
4. Do It Yourself!
For true die-hard Game of Thrones Fans, or visitors who’d prefer to take in the sights at their own pace, there is a plethora of resources available for you to build your own tour. Dufferin Coaching Inn’s team suggests visiting the Tourism Northern Ireland Game of Thrones resource page here or Tourism Ireland’s detailed map here to plan your own adventure!