South of Belfast and near to the coast of Northern Ireland is the beautiful Tollymore forest park. As well as being a wonderful summer destination for families and hikers, it also attracts Game of Thrones fans in droves. It was the film location for the haunted forest North of the wall, the Wolfswood near winterfell and the Kingsroad near Castle Black.
How to get to Tollymore Forest
Take the A24 south from Belfast to Clough Village, then join the A2 Newcastle Road. Just past Dundrum, the forest park is signposted to the right. From Newcastle, follow the signposted route from the Central Promenade towards Bryansford Village. After about two miles the forest park is signposted on the left.
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GOT scenes filmed at Tollymore Forest
Tollymore Forest Park is one of the best places to visit in Northern Ireland as the walks and hikes throughout the park are fantastic and it features regularly in Game of Thrones.
It’s the setting for The Haunted Forest where the Three Night’s Watchmen encounter a White Walker and it is also the scene of Theon Grevjoys escape attempt when he is pursued by Ramsay Snow. Another scene from Tollymore Forest Park is Ned Stark finding the dead stag.
Tollymore Forest Tours
Tollymore Forest Trek
Tollymore forest appeared in season 1 of Game of Thrones as both the Haunted forest north of the Wall and the Wolfswood outside Winterfell. This Tollymore Forest Trek is a total of a 90-minute walking through three iconic locations. You will be joining our morning (10am) Winterfell coach tour customers on their locations trek. The total walking distance is roughly 2 miles. The terrain may be uneven sometimes, with a steep descent in, and final ascent out of the forest from the car park.
Unfortunately, this tour is not recommended for anyone with limited mobility due to the nature of the terrain. You can identify the coach by the name Eamonn Rooney in huge letters on the side. The guide will give you a Stark wool cloak as a part of the tour, for no extra cost. Please feel free to ask the guide before the tour begins.
Game of Thrones Tour Dublin Winterfell Trek
This is a chance to represent House Stark and wander the grounds of Winterfell on this Game of Thrones tour – Dublin Winterfell trek. Seeing many filming locations south of Belfast, guides use video clips and VFX breakdowns to show how scenes were made. Putting on winter cloaks, carrying the Stark banner and wielding a prop sword (all provided), guests will be immersed in the scenic fantasy world of Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones Locations Tour with Direwolves from Belfast
Tollymore Forest is Ireland’s oldest pine forest. On this Game of Thrones tour with Direwolves from Belfast you will see the very place where the Dire Wolf pups were discovered, and where the White Walker ambush took place. This stunning woodland in the heart of the ancient “Kingdom of Mourne” is most famous for the place the Starks first found their Dire Wolf pups. Other scenes include the mysterious Wildling massacre from episode one. You’ll also see Jon and Tyrion’s tree where they discuss life at the Wall. Make sure you’re ready as there is a long trek into this dark forest. Who knows what you may encounter?
Game of Thrones Belfast Winterfell Trek
See multiple filming locations from Game of Thrones on this GOT day tour from Belfast. Study about insider stories from guides that worked as extras on the popular series. See Old Castle Ward, the location of the Winterfell Castle from season 1. Also visit an old-growth forest, medieval ruins, landmarks such as Inch Abbey, and enjoy a scenic ferry ride on Strangford Lough.
Game of Thrones Direwolf Tour
Explore ‘The North’ and meet the famous direwolves of Westeros, on this full-day tour from Belfast. Immerse yourself in the Game of Thrones world as you explore filming locations like the ‘Haunted Forest’ and ‘Wolfwood’, get behind-the-scenes knowledge of the show from your guides, and see Summer and Greywind, the two Direwolves from the show. Enjoy Tollymore Forest or known to you as the Stark’s Wolfwood and Westeros’ Haunted Forest. Navigate your way through some of the show’s most iconic scenes including the first sighting of the White Walkers and the site the Stark’s discover the Direwolf pups.
Where to stay near Tollymore Forest
Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
Modernised in 2014, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is located in the heart of the Newcastle. The hotel is 48km from the Belfast city centre and is 50 minutes to the airport. The 180 guestrooms at the Resort and Spa come fully equipped with a safe, an LCD/plasma television, internet access and bathrobes. The hotel also features a host of recreational facilities and services which include a car park area, room service, meeting facilities swimming pool, and more. Guests may also spend time at the hotel spa or relax with a cold beverage at the hotel bar. All rooms and public areas at the hotel are non-smoking. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is a smart choice for travellers looking for a relaxed and hassle-free stay.
Featuring a restaurant, bar, shared lounge and free Wi-Fi, The Donard is located in Newcastle, 1.1 miles from Tollymore Forest Park and 2.4 miles from Slieve Donard. Guests at the hotel may have a continental or a Full English/Irish breakfast and enjoy activities in and around Newcastle, such as cycling and fishing. Dundrum Castle is 4.3 miles from the accommodation. The nearest airport is George Best Belfast City Airport, 36 miles from The Donard.
Kilmorey Arms Hotel
Situated in Kilkeel, Kilmorey Arms Hotel has a bar, garden and an impressive tennis court. Amongst the facilities of the property are a restaurant, a front desk available 24 hours a day and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the entire property. Private parking can also be arranged at an extra charge. At this hotel, every room is fully equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms will provide the guests with a closet and a tea pot. A Full English or Irish breakfast is also available daily at Kilmorey Arms Hotel. The nearest airport is George Best Belfast City Airport, 47 miles from the accommodation.
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