Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter |Pick your favourite Ireland’s film location

Ireland is on my bucket list for ages, and there is no excuse to visit some parts of the country since I am living in the UK for nearly eight years now. I know. Shame, shame, shame!

From natural discoveries to road trips in stunning landscapes – there are so many different paths to take when visiting Ireland.

Sometimes the best way to make the most of your travel destination is picking a “theme for your journey”, you know, “New Zealand of Lord of The Rings” kind of thought.

Thinking this way, we know Ireland certainly has a long list of places to explore. So, why not go for “Ireland’s Top Film Locations” first?

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Game of Thrones? Harry Potter? Star Wars? Let’s tick all boxes here. I remember watching the last scene of The Force Awakens completely mesmerised by Luke Skywalker’s appearance of course, but also thinking about “where the heck they found such a stunning place to film this iconic ending?”

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Oh well, Ireland. This fabulous ancient location is the island of Skellig Michael, by the way. Yep. When we talk about dramatic settings, Ireland does it better than Britain.

 “It’s where Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars played out their otherworldly tales, where Braveheart and the Vikings battled for glory and where many other iconic movies and TV series found the perfect backdrop for their narrative.”

Braveheart - Trim Castle

I have visited another Game of Thrones location in Croatia and I can say, it’s magic for travellers and fans to get into the world of the biggest productions indeed.

So, here we are with other best film locations to visit in Ireland:

1- Curracloe Beach in County Wexford, featured in Brooklyn

Brooklyn - Curracloe beach.jpg

2- The magnificent Powerscourt Estate, in Wicklow, reveals the elegant setting for Ella Enchanted and The Tudors

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3- In Dublin, Grafton St is the urban setting for Once 

Once - Dublin

4- Visit Trinity College – film location of  Educating Rita

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5-  Some numerous Game of Thrones shoot locations: Castle Ward (Winterfell) in County Down, Ballintoy (Pyke Harbour) in County Antrim, and Downhill Strand (Dragonstone) in County Londonderry

Game of Thrones - 'Winterfell' (Castle Ward)

6 – Probably one of the most visited ones: The King’s Road – the Dark Hedges

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Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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