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Downhill Beach

Northern Ireland: Game of ThronesDownhill Beach: Dragonstone

Location

The beach is easily accessible from the road, which explains why the filmmakers chose this 11 kilometre long stretch of sand. It is also a great swimming spot, having been awarded the Blue Flag Award in 2015. You can even take your car on the beach.

The filming took place on the beach itself. The cliff with the Mussenden Temple on top was digitally altered into Dragonstone castle.

The filming took place on the beach itself. The cliff with the Mussenden Temple on top was digitally altered into Dragonstone castle.

 

 

Key Scenes

Downhill Beach features in the beach scene below Dragonstone castle where Stannis Baratheon swears allegiance to the Lord of Light and burns the effigies of the Seven Gods (Episode 1, Season 2: The North Remembers).

More information on Northern Ireland's Game of Thrones locations can be found on Tourism Northern Ireland's official website, or via Northern Ireland Screen's free location app, which is available on IOS and Android.

Videos

Burning the idols below Dragonstone (Episode 1, Season 2: The North Remembers):

 

Map

Downhill Beach (the actual film location) can be accessed from the Sea Coast Road.

Tips

Overlooking the beach is one of Northern Ireland's most photographed buildings: Mussenden Temple is part of the Downilll Estate and was constructed in 1785 as a library for the Bishop of Derry. The grounds are administerd by the National Trust and are open all year round. Admission is free.

It is worth checking the opening times of the temple itself in advance, as they can be irregular. Admission into the temple is free.

It is worth checking the opening times of the temple itself in advance, as they can be irregular. Admission into the temple is free.

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