HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ transforms Northern Ireland landscape

Most of HBO’s newest drama “Game of Thrones” was filmed in Northern Ireland and later transferred into convincing winter scenes.

In the new series based on George RR Martin’s medieval world it is always winter in the frozen north, which is protected by The Wall, which is made from a barricade of ice manned by the
Night’s Watch. In contrast the south is home to the King’s Landing and is sunny and warm.

Throughout the series various locations from County Antrim and County Down provide the spectacular settings.

The opening scene of the the first episode showed the kingdom North of the Wall, which was Tollymore Forest Park, in County Down.

The snow covered forest at the foot of the impressive Mourne Mountains provided the backdrop for the brutality which was exhibited in the opening five minutes.

The Castle Black which is home to the Night’s Watch and The Wall  were constructed in a disused quarry at Mageramore.

Set designer Gemma Jackson explained to the Belfast Telegraph: “We used reclaimed timber and a lot of stone and I think it worked because it was in a real quarry.”

Other Northern Irish locations used throughout the series include Audleys Tower, Strangford, Castle Ward fields in Co Down and the Antrim Plateau.


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