Khaleesi Does It
The most popular TV show in the world is filmed in Northern Ireland, and the publicity that HBO’s Game of Thrones has brought to the region has been a massive boon for tourism. Major filming locations have included Castle Ward, Cushendun, and Ballintoy on the Antrim Coast Drive; and the Tollymore Forest Park in County Down. Several companies now offer locations tours, but some of the best, and longest-running, come from Brit Movie Tours.
The epic, 9-hour Northern Locations With Giant’s Causeway tour takes in many of the most scenic places used in the show. It really packs in a lot, in addition to various fan-related fun along the way, such as a quiz (dressing up is not unheard of). It includes a 90-minute visit to the Causeway, which hasn’t actually appeared in the show (but it would seem silly to pass and not stop). Tours depart daily at 9am from the main tourism office in Donegall Square, Belfast, and return roughly 9 hours later. Tickets cost £35 adults and £20 children. Private tours, in a people carrier, can be booked for between £360 to £570, depending on the number of people (maximum six).
The Game of Thrones Filming Locations tour, another 9-hour event, takes in some locations to the south of Belfast, including Castle Ward. This option includes even more in the way of Westerosian hijinx, including photo ops with the prop Direwolf pups used in the show (important note: not actual puppies) and the chance to sit on an imitation Iron Throne. Tours depart at 9am from Donegall Square, Belfast; from March to August, there are tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; in February and September–October tours are on certain Saturdays only. Call or go online to check the schedule and make reservations in advance, as this one runs less often than the northern locations tour. Tickets cost £55 adults, £40 children under 12, or £490 to £570 for the private version.
Disabled travelers should also note that, because of the historic and sometimes remote nature of the locations visited, neither tour is wheelchair-accessible.
For details and booking, call 0844/247-1007 in Northern Ireland and Britain (44/207-118-1007 in the rest of the world) or visit www.britmovietours.com.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.