08:45 Meet the guide at the Coach Bay (in front of TopShop), Chichester Street, Belfast
The coach will arrive around 08:45 and the guide will greet everybody, distribute maps of the tour route, check tickets and start loading passengers. The coach will have ‘Eamonn Rooney’ written on the side.
Depart from Chichester Street, taking the Newtownards Road past Stormont, past Scrabo Tower and down the Ards peninsula.
10:15 Ferry crossing ‘the Narrows’
The oldest continually active ferry crossing in the world, 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.
10:30 Winterfell: costumes, locations and trek
This is the main visit of the tour. 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, stands a 15th century Tower House (small castle) which served as one of Walder Frey’s Twins and as the location of Robb’s Camp. Other classic scenes filmed nearby include the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and the Battlefield of Baelor.
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.
12:15 Lunch at Paddy’s Barn
Lunch at www.paddysbarn.com (not included in the ticket price), a charming old pub which is next door – literally – to Saul Church, the oldest Christian Church in Ireland, established by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD.
14:00 Inch Abbey: King in the North
Photo stop at the place where, in S01 E10, Catelyn and Robb hear news of terrible news from King’s Landing, and Robb’s bannermen pledge fealty to him as ‘the King in the North’.
15:15 Afternoon Trek in Tollymore Forest
Arrival at Tollymore Forest Park. This forest park, covering 630 hectares (1,600 acres) is the film location of many key scenes, such as the opening scene of S01 E01 set north of the Wall, Tyrion and Jon’s camp on their way north to the wall and the classic scene in S01 E01 where the Starks discover a dead direwolf and her pups.
16:30 Depart Tollymore for Belfast
The tour continues with a scenic drive through the Mourne mountains, source of inspiration for the world of Narnia as imagined by C.S. Lewis, before turning from Hilltown toward Banbridge and Belfast. We watch an episode of Game of Thrones on the last stretch of road to Belfast.
18:00 Arrive back in Belfast
Arrive back at Chichester Street and drop-off of all passengers.
—Prices for 2015
Every ticket includes a coach tour + two locations treks (morning and afternoon)