Things to do in County Down

Our most recommended things to do in County Down

From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

1. From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations on this guided tour from Dublin. Stop halfway for a short break and comfort stop and enjoy onboard entertainment during the journey, including a Game of Thrones quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park, where you'll enjoy a 3-kilometer trek and discover several iconic locations, including where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Starks found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel to Strangford, a small fishing village where you will break for lunch. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a 3-kilometer afternoon trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands.  As your return trip to Dublin begins, stop for a quick visit to Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark was declared King in the North. Your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities.

Newcastle: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

2. Newcastle: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Newcastle. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the "toon". Your hi-tech headsets will fill your body with beats, playing iconic tunes and your favorite hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dancing, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public, who will surely be looking on in awe and jealousy. Your moves are awesome, you just don’t know it yet.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

3. Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Wander through 100 acres of beautiful gardens which have been developed from the 1780. Discover the contrast of ornamental grounds and peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and trimmed lawns. Explore the Lime Tree Walk, Granville Garden, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and an Ice House. Imagine the gardens in different times as you walk through the Walled Garden, dating back to the 18th Century. This is a large, four-acre site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. As part of the Hillsborough Castle Project in 2018, the gardens have been restored to create a beautiful working and productive garden. See the renovations  complete with dipping pond, crop rotations, seasonal produce, potting sheds, herbaceous borders and an apple orchard. From 12 December – 3 January 2021. Enjoy a wintery stroll in the open air and take in the acres of breath-taking gardens, before cozying up with a nice cup of something warm and a slice of cake from the café. Watch out for magical elves and fairies hiding in the enchanted gardens and discover the folklore surrounding Christmas.

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

4. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

Depart Jurys Inn Hotel and drive the scenic Ards Peninsula to the village of Portaferry. Here you will take a short ferry ride across the 'Narrows'. Arrive at Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant, and pub in Strangford village (cost not included). You will also have the opportunity to see one of the famous Doors of Thrones. After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities. Afterward, you will travel to Tollymore Forest Park. Discover the place where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Jurys Inn Hotel, Belfast.

Newcastle: Game of Thrones Tollymore Forest Trek

5. Newcastle: Game of Thrones Tollymore Forest Trek

This walking tour visits three iconic Game of Thrones® locations deep in Tollymore Forest. The first is the location of the opening prologue scene of the very first episode, the "wildling pit" where the Night's Watch finds dismembered wildling bodies in the snow. The second location is a campfire where Tyrion and Jon talk on their way north to the Wall. The third location is the bridge where the Stark's find a dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and will involve you joining the 10:00AM Winterfell coach tour customers on their locations trek through the forest. The total walking distance is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers), and the terrain is uneven, with a steep descent into, and final ascent out of the forest from the car park. Accordingly, this tour is not recommended for anyone with limited mobility. As you begin you tour, your guide will give you a Stark wool cloak as part of the tour, at no extra cost. Please feel free to ask the guide before the tour begins.

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based on 67 reviews

As a Game of Thrones fan, I cannot express how incredible this experience was! Our tour guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the sights we were seeing but also made the entire experience feel incredibly immersive and fun. The Stark cloaks were also a really fun touch and actually quite warm. Plenty of opportunities to take photos in all these incredible locations but be warned that the pace needed to keep up and see everything is a brisk walk so be prepared to get in your steps! Even without the extra bonus of the filming locations, seeing the architecture and scenic landscapes makes it more than worth it

Great experience, super cool guide who was always up for a joke. And since he was an extra, he had a lot to say about the shooting. The weather cooperated, the long bus ride was an opportunity to see a big make-off from Got.

Spectacular experience, a fantastic adventure to places that make you feel part of history. Lar's, the guide, has solid knowledge and is undoubtedly a plus that adds value to the experience

Great tour. I loved the visual media at each stop along the way. And of course, Lar is a fantastic tour guide!

Great day out and brilliant GOT tour of winterfell