Game Of Thrones Day Tour | Itinerary Highlights:
• Titanic Studio | • Carrickfergus Castle | • Carnlough Village | • Cushendun Caves | • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge | • Larrybane | • Giants Causeway | • Dunluce Castle | • The Dark Hedges.
Ticket Usage Instructions:
Please print your ticket voucher and present it to staff at the Irish Tour Tickets office (view location). It will allow you to access the Game of Thrones coach. Be sure to check in by at least 09:15. Coaches set out on the tour at 09:30.
Hotel pick-up is available as long as you book at least 24 hours in advance of your desired departure date. Please email email@example.com to arrange a pick-up. Please note that pick-ups are not available from the following hotels: Fitzwilliam Hotel, Jurys Hotel, Travelodge Hotel, Ibis City Centre, Holiday Inn Hope Sreet and Ten Square.
About The Belfast Game Of Thrones Tour:
Your journey from Belfast to Westeros begins at the Irish Tour Tickets Shop on 10 Great Victoria Street. Be sure to check in at 09:15 on your chosen date, as the coach will embark on the first leg of the tour at 09:30. Complimentary hotel pick-up is also available (see above).
First on the Game of Thrones day tour is Titanic Studios, a sprawling complex spread out across 8 acres in the heart of the Titanic Quarter. Here's where the bulk of George R. R. Martin's fantasy world is brought to screen, from bustling street scenes to interior set pieces. You'll see the distinctive Paint Hall, where the hulking bodies of freshly built ships were once painted, and the purpose-built Hurst and MacQuitty sound stages.
As you make your way out of Belfast, peer up at the Samson and Goliath cranes. These real world giants are even more breathtaking when viewed up close.
Following a scenic coastal road out of Belfast the next stop takes you to Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman era fortification that's borne witness to countless power struggles throughout the centuries. Listen as your guide recounts tales of sieges, murders and executions every bit as memorable as those from the TV series.
After Carrickfergus it's onto a location from season 6, Carnlough Village, whose rustic 19th century harbour proved ideal for Game of Throne's location scouts. It was used to represent the waterways of Braavos, most notably the canal into which Arya Stark jumped after being stabbed by the Waif. Fans with sharp eyes and a good memory may even recognise the same waterside stairway that Maisie Williams' character clambers up after evading her nemesis.
Continue onto Cushendun Caves, a spot that's become synonymous with the series due to a particular scene featuring Melisandre, Ser Davos and the Shadow assassin in season two. As well as its relevance to Game of Thrones the Cushendun Caves are an impressive piece of geology popular with all kinds of Northern Irish day trippers. Your guide will intersperse commentary about the caves as a film location with traditional tales of myth and legend.
Next stop is the iconic Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This familiar attraction makes an appearance in season six and plays an important role in the storyline of a major character. Participants are welcome to cross during the brief stop, but should note that crossing fees are not included in the price of the day tour.
Amidst the windswept limestone cliffs of Larrybane you'll witness the spot where Brienne of Tarth beats Ser Loras in a tournament fight to win a place in Renly Baratheon's Kingsguard. It's also where Catelyn Stark comes to negotiate with Renly on behalf of her son, Robb Stark.
Proceeding onto Giant's Causeway you'll meet with a chance to explore this natural wonder on foot. Listen as your guide paints a colourful vocal picture of the area's mythology, a story of warring giants and magical fairies. After you've had time to wander across the Basalt columns the tour will move onto Dunluce Castle for a photo stop. The violence and intrigue that permeates the history of this place gives it a touch of the Harrenhal, and numerous local fantasy writers have derived inspiration from its crumbling ramparts and cliff top perch.
Final stop on the Game of Thrones day tour is the enchanting Dark Hedges, a vaulted boulevard of beech trees that has served as the poster child of Northern Irish GoT locations since the series' inception. On screen it portrays King's Road, along whose length Arya Stark travelled during her escape from King’s Landing. After passing through the Dark Hedges the coach will make its way back to Belfast (approx. 18:00).