5 Show-themed Trips to Ireland

This St. Patrick’s Day, visit the Emerald Isle to check out film locations for some of your favourite movies and TV series


Game of Thrones – Northern Ireland

Who doesn’t remember King Robert’s arrival at Winterfell Castle or young Bran’s fall (or push, rather) from the castle tower? These memorable Game of Thrones scenes were filmed at Castle Ward Estate, about an hour’s drive from Belfast in Northern Ireland, where so much of the hugely popular HBO series was shot. Another popular lure to the region for serious Thrones fans are the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, the tunnel-like road of gnarled trees that stands in for King’s Road. Legions of fans are also drawn to Downhill Beach in County Londonderry, known in the series as Dragonstone, where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned and where Melisandre delivered the bone-chilling words: “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”

Tour options: Game of Thrones Winterfell Tours and Discover Northern Ireland

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Skellig Michael, County Kerry Islands

Luke Skywalker’s hideout in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is actually a remote, rocky outcrop in the County Kerry Islands called Skellig Michael. From May to September, Star Wars fans can join boat tours to the “stark and otherworldly” place where Luke ponders his future.

Tour options: Skellig Michael Cruises and Skellig Experience

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P.S. I Love You – Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

Couples keen on re-creating the romantic roadside meeting scene in the film P.S. I Love You (starring Gerard Butler and Hillary Swank) can simply head to Sally Gap in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Other County Wicklow locations appearing in the movie include the farming town of Enniskerry and the village of Lacken, which overlooks the Blessington Lakes. In Dublin, fans can enjoy a pint at Whelan’s Pub on Wexford Street, which Holly (Swank) visits in the movie.

Tour options: Wicklow Mountain Tours or Day Tours Wicklow

Watch P.S. I Love You on Netflix Canada.

Once – Grafton Street, Dublin

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song for their performance of “Falling Slowly” in the romantic hit Once, about two Dublin buskers performing (and falling in love) on Grafton Street, where many great Irish musicians got their start. Hansard, Damien Rice and other Irish musicians – sometimes even U2’s Bono – return to Grafton Street on Christmas Eve for a hugely popular busker fundraiser for local charities. A heartwarming tradition for locals and tourists.

Tour option: Dublin City Music Walking Tour.

Vikings – County Wicklow

Retrace the footsteps of Ragnar Lothbrok, not in Scandinavia but in Ireland. Blessington Lakes (the largest manmade lake in Ireland), the beaches of Brittas Bay and Magheramore (where members of the Wicklow Rowing Club were recruited as extras) and Slane Castle were among sites used in the Vikings series. 

Tour options: Slane Castle Tour and Wild Wicklow

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