Tollymore Forest Park
Tollymore Forest Park
Tollymore Forest Park was established on June 2, 1955 and was the first state park in Northern Ireland. The Park is comprised of 1,600 acres near the city of Newcastle at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Flowing through the park is the Shimna River. The park is absolutely gorgeous and has numerous walking trails and 16 bridges in the park that date back to 1726. We only had enough time to spend a couple of hours here, but honestly, if I had to do it over again, I would have reserved an entire day to explore this forest. It was just fantastic. Don’t forget to bring bottled water on the hikes as well.
Opening Hours: Every day of the year from 10:00am until sunset
Admission: Charges are displayed at the entrance to park
Services & Facilities:
- Caravanning and Camping Sites
- Picnic and Barbecue areas
- Way-marked Trails
- Horse-riding by permit
- Fishing by permit
- Guided Tours (bookable by organized groups such as Game of Thrones Tours)
- Special Events (arranged by permit)
Game of Thrones Connection
Our interest in seeing Tollymore Forest Park was primarily its connection to the Game of Thrones TV Series. This was our first stop on the “Game of Thrones” trail from the Dublin area which was our home base. Since it was the first of many stops this day, we had to check it out quickly and we missed some of the GOT sites.
Walking through this forest you can just imagine being part of the Stark family making your way to the North towards Winterfell.
The park was used for four main filming locations:
- The Haunted Forest North of the Wall
- The Wolfswood near Winterfell
- The Kingsroad near Castle Black
- A forest near the Dreadfort
The bridge above was where the Starks found a dead stag on top. Below the bridge seen here is where they find a dead direwolf and her surviving pups. Jon Snow points out that there is enough pups for each of the Stark children. He even finds a white runt of the litter for himself.
There were a few other specific scenes filmed here but we just didn’t have enough time to see such as the “Campfire” where Tyrion and Jon talk while on their way North to the Wall.
There is also the “Wildling Pit” where the Night’s Watch find dismembered bodies laying in the snow.
The forest itself is the setting for the “Haunted Forest”. You can imagine it from the photo below.