Claddagh Ring Blog - Game of Thrones

June 20, 2016

GAME OF THRONES
FILMING LOCATIONS IN
NORTHERN IRELAND

Thinking of a holiday. Somewhere different and exciting? Why not follow the filming locations of the 'Game of Thrones'.
You will not be disappointed. Just 40 mins from Belfast and 2 hours from Dublin. Bus and Train Services are available.
Did you know 'Game of Thrones' was filmed partly at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland. Overlooking the beautiful Strangford Lough. The forests, mountains and moorlands around Northern Ireland transformed into the scenic backdrops for memorable moments. Tollymore Forest Park, County Down, made its mark as the Haunted Forest. A most amazing location is also the 'Dark Hedges' an avenue of serpentine beech trees near Armoy, County Antrim. Beneath Slemish Mountain in County Antrim and Glenariff. Another prime location can be found in the Mourne Mountains.
Castle Ward itself is a very interesting place to visit. It is located near the village of Strangford, in County Down and is 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford. It is open to the public. It boasts 820 acres of landscaped gardens, a fortified tower house, Victorian laundry, theatre, restaurant, shop, saw mill and a working corn mill. The castle is of dual architecture, reflecting the differering tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh. The entrance of the building is in a classical Palladian style while the opposite side is Georgian Gothic with pointed windows. The differences in style continue throughout the interior of the house with the divide down the centre. Many activities can be enjoyed at the castle from cycling to archery. If movie locations do not interest you.
County Down is one of Ulster's most beautiful areas. It was mentioned in the famous song as where 'the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea'. Slieve Donard, is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. County Down offers a perfect blend of history, culture and scenic attractions and plenty of things to do.


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