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Old Castle Ward

Northern Ireland: Game of ThronesOld Castle Ward: Winterfell

Location

Castle Ward sits in a vast ground of 332 hectares, nestled above and along the shores of Strangford Lough. Managed by the National Trust of the United Kingdom, the property is open all year round. The iconic 18th century mansion can be explored on a guided tour. 

But it was the historic farmyard, referred to as Old Castle Ward, which was used for the filming of the Winterfell scenes in Season 1. In 2010, cast and crew were shooting on site for a period of eight weeks.

Old Castle Ward aka "Winterfell".

Old Castle Ward aka "Winterfell".

Admission charges apply to enter the grounds. For up to date information, see the official Castle Ward website.

Key Scenes

The historic farmyard features in a number of Winterfell scenes in Season 1. Here, we are introduced to the central characters of the Stark family, including the memorable scene, where Bran, Jon and Robb practise their archery skills in the courtyard.

The location also features in the major sequence of King Robert Baratheon's arrival at Winterfell. The purpose of his visit is to declare Ned Stark the Hand of the King (Season 1, Episode 1: Winter is Coming).

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

Creating Winterfell:

 

Map

Upon entering the castle grounds through the main gate and paying the admission fee at the booth, follow Park Road all the way down to a signposted car park.

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