The blood-and-betrayal hit series GAME OF THRONES takes place in a fantasy world, but in reality, many scenes from all seven seasons were filmed in the rolling hills, crumbling castles, and rocky cliffs of Northern Ireland.
As a guest of Tourism Ireland, ETALK’s Chloe Wilde packed her bags and visited the real-life Westeros, depicted in this behind-the-scenes GAME OF THRONES Ireland picture diary. Throughout the week ETALK is rolling out exclusive footage of Wilde’s visits to The Dark Hedges: The Kingsroad, Downhill Beach: Dragonstone Cliffs, and the GAME OF THRONES Touring Exhibition.
Wilde visits the historic Ballygally Castle Hotel, located on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route. The stunning 17th century castle overlooks the Ballygally Bay, with views across the Irish Sea, and serves as the home to the GAME OF THRONES Door 9. Known as the Door of Thrones, Door 9 was a backdrop for the famous battle between House Bolton and House Stark, Ramsey Bolton’s hungry dogs, and Winterfell Castle.
The Dark Hedges: The King’s Road Westeros
The Dark Hedges are one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, and have become an even more popular tourist attraction since its appearance in GAME OF THRONES. The stretched avenue of beach trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century and intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to Gracehill House. Centuries later, the trees appeared in GAME OF THRONES Season 2, when Arya escaped King’s Landing disguised as a boy travelling on the King’s Road.
Binevenagh: The Dothraki Grasslands
An area known for its outstanding natural beauty, Binvenagh Mountain provided the setting for GAME OF THRONES’ Dothraki Grasslands, appearing in Season 5. The mountain’s steep rock provided the perfect landscape for the moment Daenerys Targaryen was rescued by her dragon, Drogon, while fleeing from the Sons of the Harpy.
Downhill Beach: Dragstone Cliffs
Reporting from Downhill Beach, also known as the Dragstone Cliffs from GAME OF THRONES, Wilde explores the dramatic landscape of the 11 kilometre stretch of sand. The Dragstone Cliffs were first used in Season 5, when the Dothraki horde surrounded Daenerys after her escape from the Meereen fighting pits on the back of Drogon. It was seen again in Season 6, when Daario and Jorah discovered Daenerys’ ring while searching for her.
GAME OF THRONES Touring Exhibition, Titanic Belfast
Wilde provides an exclusive sneak-peek into the highly anticipated GAME OF THRONES Touring Exhibition in Belfast. The exhibition opens to the public later this week, giving fans around the world an opportunity to step inside Westeros and the lands beyond. Featuring displays of costumes, props, weapons, and sets, guests can fully immerse themselves in the GAME OF THRONES experience.
ETALK’s GAME OF THRONES week continues to air tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV2, with exclusives from
Castleward: Winterfell and Binevenaugh: The Dothraki Grasslands.
The eighth and final season of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET only on Crave.