Route in Ireland : Belfast, Winterfell and Dublin [MAP + WHAT TO SEE + VIDEO]

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Welcome to the eighth stage of our route through Ireland! Our exciting adventure on the Emerald Isle comes to an end… This eighth and final stage is one of the least intense of the trip, as it begins and ends with two highlights, Belfast and Dublin, but due to lack of time we were unable to enjoy most of the points of interest on the journey between the two cities. In this stage we travel the 355 kilometers that separate the capital of Northern Ireland and the capital of Ireland. Along the way, as good lovers of Game of Thrones, we visited two places that were the setting somewhere in the series: Winterfell at Castle Ward and Inch Abbey.

Although we spent less time on the points of interest along the route between Belfast and Dublin because we wanted to spend more time visiting the cities, on the map below we have included ALL the interesting places in case you, for example, visit Belfast the day before and Dublin the day after ūüėČ

COMPLETE GUIDE TO IRELAND

If you want to read more information about our route in Ireland you can find it here: complete guide of Ireland.

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Here is the video guide for the last stage of our route through Ireland by car, in case you don’t feel like reading:

Detailed tour of the eighth stage of our route through Ireland

On the map below you can see in detail what our journey was like on this eighth and final stage of our tour of Ireland and also all the interesting points of interest that you will find along the way, including some that you may want to take a detour to if you have the time:

* Remember you can use this map on your mobile so it’s much more useful once you’re there

Just save a copy on your Google Drive and open it on your mobile whenever you need it.*

We have also prepared this other map with all the points of interest of the last stage of our route through Ireland so that you can get an idea of what you will find at each point of the route (these are undoubtedly our favourite places):

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You can download HERE the map in high quality to see it better.

What to see on the route between Belfast and Dublin: Winterfell, Inch Abbey and Dublin

Ooooooh! What a shame! Our route through Ireland is coming to an end… As I was telling you a little bit above, this last day, we tried to get to Dublin early to spend as much time there as possible (the next morning our flight back to Madrid was very early). So after spending the morning between Belfast, Castle Ward, the castle where many scenes of Winterfell were shot, and other locations for the Game of Thrones series, we set off for the capital, where we spent the rest of the day.

Belfast, like Derry, is a city full of history, and that is something you can breathe in its streets. But… what’s that story? Northern Ireland’s largest city (and its capital) has been the focus of news stories from around the world because of a long-standing territorial (and religious) conflict between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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During the second half of the 20th century, the city has suffered numerous violent episodes and terrorist bombings. So much so that it had its own ‘Berlin Wall’ to separate the Protestant zone of the city from the Catholic one. Today that place is known as the Peace Line or Wall of Peace.

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We’ll write a post about what to see in Belfast in one day (including our recommended itinerary for touring the city), but we’ll leave you with the city’s most important points of interest here:

Peace Wall

Titanic Museum

Titanic Quarter

Shankill St. and Grosvernor St.

St. George Market

The Crown

City Hall

Belfast Cathedral

Commercial Court

Donegal Street Place

Albert Clock Tower

Even if it is only for its history, you must visit this city because it is very worthwhile. We got up very early that day and spent the first part of the day touring the most important points of interest in the city. I wish we’d had more time, because Belfast has so much to offer.

Winterfell (Castle Ward)

How many Game of Thrones fans do we have around here? In stage 7 we already visited some places that served as a stage for some moments of the series, but in today’s stage we are going to visit the place where it all starts and ends: Winterfell.

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The Starks’ home was recreated in Castle Ward, a huge compound located just under an hour south of Belfast. And not just Winterfell. Several locations in the series have been shot on the grounds of this castle at different times in history: the Whispering Forest, Robb Stark’s camp, the Battle of Baelor or when Brienne faces Stark’s men.

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To give you an idea, Winterfell is the backdrop for the series’ driver and much of the first season, so there are a lot of scenes that were shot on this historic farm.

Here’s a map with all the scenes that have been recorded in Castle Ward, plus Winterfell:

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I guess I don’t have to tell you (or I do) that the real scenarios used to make movies or series nowadays are just a blank canvas that directors then paint on depending on what they need. And I’m telling you this because Winterfell isn’t Winterfell. Real life Winterfell is just the basis on which they were inspired to create the Winterfell series. As with most scenarios that have been part of the shooting of the series, it takes a little imagination to see it as it looks in fiction.

It’s important that you have it super clear, because it’s true that for us Winterfell was a little disappointing, not because the place isn’t nice or worth it, but because it doesn’t look like the Winterfell in the series.

In addition, with the pull of the series, a lot of tours and activities have been mounted around the place that, in our opinion, may have little interest beyond getting your money’s worth: archery, Tyrion-style axe shooting, boat trips on the Narrow Sea… If you want to take a look at them, you can do it here.

But beyond the whole Game of Thrones universe, even if you’re not a fan of the series and Winterfell sounds Chinese to you, Castle Ward is still worth it. It is a great place to be in touch with nature for a while by doing some of the trails that are available.

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On this website you can consult all the activities available but you can also visit the different buildings, go horseback riding, go on bicycle routes, walk in search of the bluebells (beautiful flowers) or have a picnic in one of the areas overlooking the lake.

Entrance to Castle Ward costs £10 per person and is open every day (except 25th and 26th December) from 10am to 6pm. In any case, take a look at their website, because depending on the season the schedules vary.

Inch Abbey

A few miles southwest of Castle Ward is Inch Abbey, another place that was part of the Game of Thrones shoot and is well worth a visit even if you’re not a fan of the series.

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The buildings that make up the former abbey are mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries and are located in beautiful surroundings. Do you remember Robb Stark’s camp? Well, I’m sure if you have a good memory, these ruins will look familiar.

Inch Abbey can be visited at any time of day and entry is completely free.

Tollymore Forest Park

On our way south to Dublin we come across another place that has become especially famous thanks to Game of Thrones: Tollymore Forest Park.

As in Castle Ward, there are plenty of activities available related to nature: walks or bike rides, caves, bridges and stone paths… You can also visit the Clanbrasill barn, which looks like a church.

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Tollymore Forest Park is an important site for the Nightwatchman Throne Play soldiers, as it served to recreate the Enchanted Forest and was the focus of several scenes. Its green landscapes and waterfalls witnessed, for example, Ramsay Bolton’s pursuit of Theon Greyjoy. The moment when Bran Stark meets the three-eyed raven was also recorded in the thick woods of this park.

The park is open from 10:00 am to sunset and entry is free, but parking costs 5 GBP.

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Once we arrived in Dublin, we found the last point of interest on our route (which as I said before has far fewer points of interest than we would have liked) before arriving in the capital.

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Built in the 12th century, Malahide Castle can only be visited inside on a guided tour, but the outside gardens can be visited on their own if required. The castle, with over 800 years of history, belonged to the Talbot family. The last Baron of Malahide, Lord Milo Talbot, lived in the castle until his death in 1973. His sister Rose inherited the estate and subsequently sold it to the Irish State in 1975.

The guided tour of the castle costs 11.95 euros and discounted tickets can be purchased here. If you prefer to visit the gardens on your own, the entrance fee is 7.50 euros and can be bought here. The venue is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

And we arrived in Dublin! The perfect time to grab a bite to eat at The Church and tour the city in the afternoon before going to sleep at our hotel next to the airport to catch the flight back early the next day.

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If you have more time, our recommendation is that you spend at least a couple of days in Dublin. On a previous trip, I spent 3 days there and had the opportunity to spend much more time to discover that it is a city with a lot of charm and worth getting lost in.

We’ve written a post about what to see in Dublin in a day (including our recommended itinerary for touring the city), but we’ll leave you with the city’s most important points of interest here:

O’Connell Street and The Spire

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral

Ha’penny Bridge

Bank of Ireland

Trinity College and Book of Kells, one of the great must-sees in Dublin

Statue of Molly Malone

Grafton Street

Temple Bar, one of the most interesting places to see in Dublin

City Hall

Dublin Castle

Christ Church Cathedral

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Marsh’s Library

St Stephen’s Green

Merrion Square and Oscar Wilde House

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In this post we tell you everything you can see in Dublin in one day, where to eat, where to sleep and EVERYTHING you need to know to make the most of your stay in the city:

What to see in Dublin in one day [GUIDE + ITINERARY + MAP]

Where to eat on the eighth stage of the Route through Ireland

In this last stage, as in most stages of this route through Ireland, we did a super meal and another in a restaurant. In this case, we ate in a restaurant in Dublin at lunchtime and threw out the food we had bought in the supermarket at dinnertime.

We arrived in Dublin right at lunchtime, so we went straight to The Church (a restaurant I already knew from my previous trip and wanted to show Fran). Not that this place has the best food in Dublin, but it is true that it is a special place to be in a church. So even if it’s just for a drink, we highly recommend it.

We had some wings as a starter, a hamburger and a sandwich with drinks for 52.30 euros. It’s not cheap, but as I was saying, it’s a special place, especially if you visit it at night.

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Where to sleep on the eighth stage of the Route through Ireland

In this last stage of our Irish adventure we stayed at the Premier Inn Dublin Airport Hotel. We chose a hotel next to the airport because our plane left super early the next day. It is a super correct hotel: the room is very spacious, the bathroom is super clean and the staff is very friendly. You also have a 24-hour transfer to the airport.

We paid 97 euros for a night, yes, a great one. Because even though the hotel was great, we thought it was super expensive. The truth is that we had a hard time finding hotels near the airport at a more affordable price. I can’t show you pictures because I don’t know why but we couldn’t find them anywhere, but overall the hotel was great, except for the price.

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Dublin Skylon Hotel >> 8,5/10 de puntuación en Booking y alrededor de 63 euros la noche sin desayuno.
Beautiful Stay Dublin >> 9/10 de puntuación en Booking y alrededor de 67 euros la noche sin desayuno.
Academy Plaza Hotel >> 8,3/10 de puntuación en Booking y alrededor de 67 euros la noche sin desayuno.
Generator Dublin >> 8.1/10th of a score in Booking and about 74 euros a night without breakfast.

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