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Winterfell Trek from Dublin

Departure point :
Hilton Garden Inn, Custom House Quay, Dublin
Meeting time : 07:45
Travels to : County Down
Physical difficulty level : Moderate
Duration : 11 hours
Transport : Coach
Operator : Game of Thrones Tours
  • All entrance fees included: no hidden costs
  • Visit Castle Ward, location of Winterfell in season one
  • Trek through an old forest and crumbling 12th-century ruins
  • Stark cloaks, swords and banners for everyone
  • Lunch not included in your ticket price

Prices from €60

Highlights

Tollymore Forest

This beautiful forest featured in many key scenes, such as the pit 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.

Inch Abbey

Visit the ruins of this 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’.

Castle Ward

Old Castle Ward is the location on Winterfell when King Robert Baratheon arrives to ask Ned to be Hand of the King. Other scenes filmed nearby include the crossing at the Twins and the tree where Brienne dispatches three Stark bannermen.
Winter is coming! This tour starts in the depths of Tollymore Forest at the location in the first episode where Wills of the Night’s Watch finds dismembered Wildling bodies in the snow. Your guide will use video clips, screenshots and VFX clips to show how scenes were made. After lunch the tour visits Old Castle Ward, location of Winterfell when King Robert asks Ned to be Hand of the King. Finally we visit the ruins of Inch Abbey where Robb Stark’s bannermen pledged fealty to him as ‘the King in da Norf!’

In the trunk of the coach we have Northern cloaks, metal swords and hand-painted Stark banners. The is the only coach tour from Dublin that visits these locations, away from the tourist crowds. Don’t miss this chance to explore the real Westeros in Northern Ireland!

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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Departure point

Itinerary

 

07:45 Meet at Hilton Garden Inn, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

See the google map above for the location of the Hilton Garden Inn (known as Jurys Inn until June 2016), Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.
 

08:00 Departure

The coach will leave Dublin city centre via the Port Tunnel.
 

Comfort Stop at Castlebellingham

Comfort stop for 15 mins at Castlebellingham Applegreen service station on the M1, northbound.
 

Morning trek in Tollymore Forest (3km trek)

Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park. Covering 630 hectares (1,600 acres), this forest is the backlot for many key scenes, such as the pit 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 discover a dead direwolf and her pups.
 

Lunch at the Lobster Pot

Lunch at the Lobster Pot, a charming pub on the village green in the port of Strangford. See www.thelobsterpotstrangford.com. Lunch is not included in your ticket price.
 

Afternoon trek at Winterfell (3km trek)

Visit to Castle Ward Estate. There are nine Game of Thrones® film locations on site, all close together. A 16th century castle and stableyard is the film location of Winterfell. Nearby, on the wooded shores of Strangford Lough, a 15th century Tower House (small castle) served as one of Walder Frey’s Twins and as the location of Robb’s Camp in the Riverlands. Other scenes filmed nearby include the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and the Battlefield of Baelor.
 

Inch Abbey: King in the North

Photo stop in the ruins of the 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’.
 

Drop-off ticket holders at the GOT Studio Tour

This tour does not include a visit to the GOT Studio Tour. However, we will drop off ticket holders at the Studio Tour at 16:45 (4:45pm). Please pre-book your tickets for 17:00 (5pm) or later. Be sure to pre-book your tickets direct on the GOT Studio Tour website to avoid disappointment.
 

19:00 Arrive back in Dublin

Arrive back at the Hilton Garden Inn, drop-off of all passengers.
 

Drop-off at the GOT Studio Tour

We are a separate company from the GOT Studio Tour. However, our last stop of the day is to drop off ticket holders at the Studio Tour at 16:45 (4:45pm).

You can pre-book your tickets direct on the GOT Studio Tour website.

Please pre-book your tickets for an entrance time of 17:00 (5pm) or later.
 

Getting from the Studio Tour to Dublin

To return to Dublin, you have two options – the train or the bus. If you get the bus back to Dublin (£8.50 adults, 1 hour 55 mins), you will have a maximum of 2 hours inside the Studio Tour. If you get the train back to Dublin (£15.99 adults, 1 hour 20 mins), you can spend over 3 hours inside the Studio Tour except Sundays when you’ll have 2 hours 30 mins before the last train to Dublin.
 

By Train

First, you’ll have to get an Uber or taxi to Newry Train Station (16 miles, 18 mins).

Northern Ireland’s public transport website is called Translink. The train service from Belfast to Dublin is called the ‘Enterprise’ service. The last train from Newry to Dublin is 21:01 Monday-Saturday and 19:58 on Sunday.

On the Translink website, select ‘Times and Tickets’, then select Newry Train Station to Dublin City Connolly Rail Station.

You’ll see the last train from Newry to Dublin Connolly departs Monday-Saturday at 21:01 (9:01pm), Sunday at 19:58 (7:58pm). This will give you over 3 hours at the Studio Tour from Monday-Saturday and 2 hours 30 mins on Sunday. Getting the train back to Dublin will give you plenty of time for your Studio Tour visit!
Here is a photo of Newry Train Station. As you can see, it’s small so you won’t get lost, getting back to Dublin on the train is easy!


 

By Bus

The most cost-effective way is to get from the Studio Tour to Dublin is by bus.

First, get an Uber or taxi from the Studio Tour to Banbridge bus station, Kenlis Street, Banbridge (3 miles, 7 mins).

Northern Ireland’s public transport website is called Translink. Northern Ireland’s national bus service is called Ulsterbus.

Get the Ulsterbus X1 Goldline Express from Banbridge Kenlis Street to Dublin Busáras Bus Station. Adult ticket is £8.50, duration 1 hour 55 mins.

If you give yourself 2 hours at the Studio Tour, you’ll need to catch the last X1 service at 19:30. This will give you a little over 2 hours to visit the Studio Tour.

Here is a photo of the Usterbus X1 Goldline (to reassure you it’s a lovely coach!) and the full weekly timetable for the X1 service from Banbridge to Dublin, valid until August 2022.

Route Map

Practical Information

  • 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.
  • Please note : Lunch is not included in the ticket price
  • We offer 10% off for groups of 6+ adults or 6+ students
  • We offer private coach tours, subject to availability

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 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.

Refunds Policy

We will fully refund your payment card if you cancel up to 24 hours before your departure time. We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if you cancel your booking within 24 hours of the departure time.
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