There's so much to love about Game of Thrones. The characters, the story, the visuals, the music, the plot and the dialogue are all really impressive but the locations steal the show. Whether you love the sun-kissed King's Landing or the bitterly cold Winterfell, the show has it all. And the best thing for anyone based in the UK is that most of the locations are European so visiting them all is within more people's reach.
Castle Ward in Northern Ireland offers the best and most organised Game of Thrones experience. Everything is designed to maximise visitor's enjoyment and to immerse them in the world created by George RR Martin in his Song of Ice and Fire series. This place is a National Trust property that's just 40 minutes from Belfast so if you're visiting the capital of Northern Ireland, a visiting to the castle that doubles for Winterfell is a must. You can wear a fur cape and shoot a bow and arrow like Bran did in season one or just walk around taking in the sights.
The Dark Hedges
You'll remember this from season two when Arya Stark makes her getaway from Kings Landing disguised as a boy after her father's head has been cut off under orders from the King. As you'll see from our lead image, this place in Northern Ireland was a gift to location scouts as it has an ominous feel to it thanks to the overhanging trees.
If you'd like to visit the Iron Islands, you'll need to head to Ballintoy Harbour, which is also in Northern Ireland. Fans of the hit show will recognise the place as Lordsport Harbour. They'll recall scenes including Theon Greyjoy's baptism that happened in season two.
You'll know this place as Slavers Bay. This little corner of the County Antrim coastline is beautiful and picturesque so make sure your camera is fully charged and there's memory in your smartphone because you won't stop taking pictures of the area in which Tyrion and Ser Jorah were taken by slavers, led by Malko, in season five.
Marble Arches Cave
One of the most important episodes in season three was filmed at Marble Arches Cave. The cave system was used as Beric Dondarrion's hideout where he and the Hound fight to the "death". Of course, Beric is killed but resurrected in one of those rare scenes involving magic. You'll find the caves near the village of Florencecourt in County Fermanagh.
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