This tour includes 2 x 3km locations treks
Although this is a coach tour, please note that this coach tour also includes two locations treks, one in the morning at Castle Ward Estate (3kms), the other in the afternoon at Tollymore forest (3kms). For this reason this tour is not recommended for young children, nor anyone with limited mobility. Please wear outdoor footwear, bring plenty of water and dress appropriately for the Northern Irish weather.
THIS TOUR VISITS LOCATIONS SOUTH OF BELFAST
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’
Ferry ride from Portaferry to Strangford, across the mouth of Strangford Lough. The name Strangford is derived from Old Norse Strangr-fjǫrðr, meaning ‘strong fjord’, describing the fast-flowing narrows at its mouth. If the ferry is cancelled due to bad weather, the coach will take a different route to Winterfell.
Morning trek at Winterfell (3km)
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 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 and Stark shields, helms and swords.
Afternoon Trek in Tollymore Forest (3km)
Arrival at Tollymore Forest Park. This forest park, covering 630 hectares (1,600 acres) was used as the backlot 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 discover a dead direwolf and her pups.
18:00 Arrive back in Belfast
Arrive back at Belfast city centre. Drop-off of all passengers.
UNDER 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the Booking ID and young person’s age.