Winter is coming! The tour starts as you enter the courtyard of Old Castle Ward, the set location of Winterfell during season 1 whe King Robert asks Ned to be Hand of the King. We then take you around the grounds of Castle Ward Estate to other locations such as one of Walder Frey’s Twins, Robb’s camp in the Riverlands and the tree where Brienne dispatched three Stark soldiers.
We have Northern wool and leather cloaks, metal swords and hand-painted Stark banners for full immersion when we visit Inch Abbey, the crumbling 12th century where Robb Stark became ‘King in the North’. Finally, this tour takes you into the enchanting depths of Tollymore Forest which featured as both the Wolfswood where the Starks find the direwolf pups and the Haunted Forest north of the Wall where the Night’s Watch find dismembered bodies in the snow.
My sons and I really enjoyed this trip. I highly recommend this to any big fan of the show. It was also a great way to see more of this beautiful country.
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08:15 Meeting point is Jurys Inn, Great Victoria Street
The coach will arrive at 08:15 and the guide will greet everybody, check tickets and start loading passengers. The coach will have ‘Eamonn Rooney’ written on the side.
Depart from Jurys Inn, past Scrabo Tower and down the Ards peninsula to Portaferry.
Ferry across ‘the Narrows’
Short ferry ride (500 metres) from Portaferry to Strangford, across the mouth of Strangford Lough. If the ferry is cancelled due to bad weather, the coach will take a different route to Winterfell.
Morning trek at Winterfell (3km)
Old Castle Ward, a 16th century tower house and stableyard, is the film location of Winterfell in season 1. Nearby, on the wooded shores of Strangford Lough, an older, 15th century tower served as one of Walder Frey’s Twins and as the location of Robb’s Camp in the Riverlands. Other classic scenes filmed nearby include the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and where Tyrion and Bronn were ambushed by the Stone Crows of the Vale.
Lunch in the port of Strangford
On the coach trip from Belfast to Winterfell, we pass around a menu for pre-ordering hot food at The Cuan, see www.thecuan.com, a pub on the village square in the port of Strangford. Alternatively, you can bring your own lunch or get a sandwich in the local MACE store. Lunch is not included in the ticket price.
Inch Abbey: King in the North
Photo stop at the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey where Catelyn and Robb hear terrible news from King’s Landing, and Robb’s bannermen pledge fealty to him as the ‘King in the North’. For those who want to get fully immersed in the mood of the North, in the trunk of the coach there are plenty of Northern cloaks, metal swords and Stark banners.
Afternoon Trek in Tollymore Forest (3km)
Arrival at Tollymore Forest Park. This forest park, covering 630 hectares (1,600 acres) was used for many key scenes, including where Wills finds the dismembered bodies in the snow, Tyrion and Jon’s campfire on their journey north to the wall and the bridge where the Starks find a dead direwolf and her pups.
18:00 Arrive back in Belfast
Arrive back at Belfast city centre. Drop-off of all passengers.
- Although this is a coach tour, please note that this coach tour also includes two locations treks, one in the morning at Tollymore forest (3kms), the other in the afternoon at Castle Ward Estate (3kms).
- This tour is not recommended for young children or anyone with limited mobility.
- Please wear outdoor footwear, bring plenty of water and dress appropriately for the Northern Irish weather.
- Lunch is not included in the ticket price
- We offer 10% off for groups of 6+ people
- We also offer private coach tours, subject to availability
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if you cancel your booking within 24 hours of the departure time.
Under 18s Policy
Please note that:
1. Game of Thrones® is full of adult content and is rated 18+ in the UK and Ireland
2. Our tours include walking treks, often over uneven surfaces, and
3. We have swords and other props on the coach
Accordingly, we do not permit children under the age of 12 to do any of our coach tours. This is why there is no children’s ticket price. If you purchase a ticket for a young person between 12 and 18, we need a written waiver from a parent or guardian. Please email us at [email protected], stating the Booking ID and young person’s age.