Halfway between Belfast and Downpatrick the population of this town is mostly made up of Belfast commuters. The surrounding population is mostly involved in farming.
This town was named after a bridge built over the River Bann in 1712. The town thrived from Irish linen manufacturing.
The town's main street is very unusual. It rises to a steep hill before leveling out. In 1834, an underpass was built. This is apparently because horses with heavy loads would faint before reaching the top of the hill.
Sandy Brae, Down
This isolated spectacular spot in the Mourne Mountains features heavily in “GOT” as Vaes Dothrak.
Tollymore Forest, Down
Tollymore Forest Park was established in 1955 as the first state forest park in Northern Ireland. Covering an area of 1,600 acres at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, the forest park offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at nearby Newcastle.
Castle Ward, Down
Castle Ward is an 18th-century National Trust property located near the village of Strangford. It overlooks Strangford Lough. It is 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford. Castle Ward is open to the public and includes 332 hectares (820 acres) of landscaped gardens, a fortified tower house, Victorian laundry, theater, restaurant, sawmill and a working corn mill.
Here’s a full infographic on what specific scenes are filmed at each of these beautiful Northern Ireland locations:
*Originally published April 2014