George R.R. Martin recently travelled to Northern Ireland to visit the real Westeros.
GRRM in Winterfell
When GRRM was granted an International Recognition Award as part of this year's Irish Book Awards, he couldn't resist heading north to Castle Ward - the location of Winterfell in Season 1.
And despite the fact that he authored the epic fantasy series, George was not immune to the effects of experiencing such an iconic film location first-hand: "This is only the second time I've visited Castle Ward. It's like Winterfell is coming to life here. So, that's a little surreal and a little mind-boggling."
Listen to George talking about his visit to Castle Ward/Winterfell in this beautifully shot little clip:
Should you decide to follow in George's footsteps, Castle Ward has plenty of GoT action on offer:
Alas, time to hit the road and explore more of Northern Ireland's GoT locations, including...
You'll find many more GOT locations on the FilmQuest site (just type 'Game of Thrones' into the search bar). Tourism Northern Ireland also have some great travel tips.