See Game of Thrones filming places in Northern Ireland while visiting Giant’s Causeway in one day. Our Maesters will take you to Iron Islands, King’s road etc. and explain to you what happened during the filming.
0635 Start boarding outside Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
0645 Leave Parnell Square North and head to Belfast, on the way our guide will tell you some Irish legends and history.
Quick stop at a service station as a restroom break and for getting snacks and coffee to break up the drive. Occasionally we will also pick up a few more passengers from Belfast.
DARK HEDGES 20 – 30 minutes
The Dark Hedges is an absolutely fantastic phenomena. No tours in Northern Ireland will be complete without seeing this avenue of trees. Known to HBO Game of Thrones fans as the Kings Road featured in the scene where Ayra Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie escaped on their way being transported to Castle Black. It is not very hard to see why the location was chosen. The Dark Hedges has been an absolutely fantastic phenomena that attracts thousands of amateur photographers every year. If you get lucky, you might actually see the grey lady haunting the hedges!
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY 1.5 – 2 hours
A must-see to complete any visit to Ireland. As the “8th wonder of the world”, it should be on your bucket list. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to find this natural phenomena. No wonder it is a UNESCO world heritage site.
As happens a lot in Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway has two explanations. The first being that during the last ice age, roughly around 60 million years ago, there was a volcanic eruption. As the lava cooled down, it formed the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns that would truly blow your mind.
Alternatively, if you believe that the Giant’s Causeway was formed by the legendary giant Finn McCool, here is the explanation. As you probably know, giants can’t swim, so Finn McCool had no other choices but to build the causeway over to Scotland to fight with his rival Benandonner. Unfortunately, after building the causeway as a bridge, he realised Benandonner was a lot bigger than he imagined. Leaving Finn with no choice but running back to Ireland. He did not know what to do, luckily his wife Oonagh came up with a plan that scared Benandonner enough to run back to Scotland, breaking the causeway between Ireland and Scotland. If you want to hear our unique version of the story, you will have to come on our tour!
BALLINTOY HARBOUR Around 1.5 hours
This is truly one of our favourite stops for the entire day. Visiting one of the most beautiful harbours in Ireland. This harbour is so beautiful that the Game of Thrones crew did almost nothing to change it into Pyke Harbour. You will recognize it even without a guide because it’s so phenomenal.
The main scene we will show you here will be Theon Greyjoy’s return after releasing to be a ward from Winterfell. It will truly feel like you are standing in the scene at this filming location.
As some added extras, we will also show you where Theon was baptised after his father decided he is not an Ironborn anymore which by the way is the same location that they use in season 6 for the scene “the drowning and crowning of the new king”. This is only for people that have seen season 6. Again, we do not do spoilers but we will point it out.
On the way down to the harbour, our guide will also stop and show you the rock where the idols were burnt. And again not to do spoilers, our guide will point out that this is where the Greyjoy’s burial happened in season 6, if you see the location you will definitely recognise it.
We will now start heading back to Belfast, taking an off the beaten path that winds through the GLENS OF ANTRIM
No other tour company will take you on a route going over the Glens of Antrim, you will enjoy a spectacular view of Glenariff, the queen of the glens, while travelling through the valleys on the side of Glendun, this is the most scenic route of the day.
BELFAST around 1.5 hours
As the city centre itself is very small and compact, 45 minutes is more than enough time to explore the city centre. See interesting things like Titanic Memorial Gardens next to Belfast City Hall, the shopping streets, Belfast entries and some of the modern art in the city. Note that Northern Ireland is part of the UK and uses Pound Sterling.
*This tour is independently operated by Finn McCools Tours. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.
**Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.
At Finn McCools we endeavour to give you a well-rounded experience of Northern Ireland – taking you to the best and most breathtaking spots in the country, whilst taking you to the locations where the Game of Thrones episodes were filmed. If you are looking for a tour where you can run around with plastic swords, or take pictures next to cardboard cut outs, we are not the right tour you are looking for! Our tour is not a game of thrones tour for dummies where we will be reciting every cheesy line ever mentioned in the Game of Thrones. We are taking you to the most pictured sites in the North and making you feel like you are in the frame, with some insider information from our Measter guides who will show you clips to refresh your memory and show you that we are in the exact spot where filming took place.
6:45 am, outside Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square N, Dublin 1
Around 7:30 pm – 8:30pm, same place
Things to note:
- Not suitable for people with limited mobility. A fair bit of walking involved.
- Not suitable for children under 10. If your child is very used to travelling, please book 1 seat per child and bring your own child seat.
5 star rating on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook and other bookings sites
Saraka R. on 21 Oct 2018
We went To Giants Causeway + game of thrones – tour. Recommending this to all Got-fans, also others will enjoy. Very professional driver (Andy) and entertaining and educational trip guide Derrick with amazing energy, guitar play with singing.
Travelin F. on 11 Oct 2018
All I can say is had a blast, enjoyed seeing all the film locations and as a bonus, saw the Giant’s Causeway. Oh and our guide sang Irish songs on the way back, doesn’t get any better than that! Definitely worth the money but wear good walking shoes and be prepared to walk a lot, especially up hill. LOL
Agata G. on 9 Oct 2018
We went on the Game of Thrones tour of Northern Ireland and we cannot recommend this tour enough. Our guide Tara was amazing, as was our driver Mark. The sights themselves were incredible, I would recommend this tour even if you’re not a diehard GoT fan just because you get to see so much of the beautiful countryside and many sites that are off the beaten path as well as the more “must-see” sites in Northern Ireland. I cannot say enough good things about our host Tara – she had the best stories and was able to give us a lot of history without ever sounding boring. She always told stories in an easily accessible and easy to understand way and she made our day so much fun. Definitely do this tour if you want to see the best of Northern Ireland!
Jan A. on 16 Oct 2018
Gavin was great fun and told just the right amount of stories. The tour takes you to stunning places and you have enough time to walk around and have a look at the beautiful sights! Really liked that there was music on the bus which created a really nice atmosphere.
Connector on 10 Oct 2018
We decided to do tours from Dublin, instead of renting a car while in Ireland. This tour was fun and interesting. Our tour guide was great, she shared a lot of information and was funny. We also had the opportunity to see a lot. I knew I would enjoy this but I didn’t think it would be as much as I did. Ireland is so beautiful, I look forward to going back soon.
Dixon E. on 10 Oct 2018
Our tour was wonderful. Our tour guide shared many details of the country and towns we passed through. The driver and guide were both very helpful and welcoming. I would do the tour over again just because they made it so enjoyable. I wish I could remember their names. (Sorry guys) 10/10 would reccomend this company to anyone looking to see some of beautiful Ireland.
Anna Q. on 8 Oct 2018
My boyfriend thought this was a fantastic tour! My friends had recommended it even though they know I’ve only seen a season of Game of Thrones. The views were breathless and our tour guide (Derrick (?)) was great, especially summarizing the scenes for me at each location without spoiling too much for me :) And he was pretty darn funny.