1. Game of Thrones (2011 - 2019)
The HBO adaptation of George RR Martins books depicts a medieval fantasy world. Many scenes in Game of Thrones were shot in Northern Ireland. Look out for Theon Greyjoy in tiny Ballintoy harbour. You'll recognise Castle Ward near Downpatrick too; it was the Winterfell. See a full list of film locations in Northern Ireland. Check out our Vagabond 7 Day Magnetic North tour here or our Driftwood 6 Day Northern Island Tour.
2. Braveheart (1995)
This soaring epic tells tells the story of the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero named William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson. Wallace manages to rally the Scottish against the English monarch and Edward I after he suffers a personal tragedy by English soldiers. Wallace gathers a group of amateur warriors that is stronger in spirit than any English army. Filming was shared between Scotland and the east coast of Ireland in counties Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. A great movie that has stood the test of time. Check out Vagabonds 5 Day Adventure East Tour or Driftwoods 6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour for a taste of these movie locations.
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The famous opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, set in France on D Day, was filmed in Wexford, southeastern Ireland. The 20 minute sequence took two months to film. Once again, the Irish Army Reserve stepped in and supplied the 2,500 men needed as extras.
4. Vikings (2013 -2019 )
Did you know - the production of Vikings is based entirely in Wicklow - only a matter of miles from Vagabond's headquarters! Many Wicklow locations have played host to scenes from the History Channel show. They include the dramatic Luggala, part of the Guinness Estate. The surrounding Wicklow mountains and dark waters of Lough Tay provide ideal scenery for scenes of roving Viking longships.
5. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
The sixth movie of the Harry Potter series features a section filmed in Kerry and Clare. In the scene, Dumbledore and Harry stand on an isolated rock (Lemon Rock in Kerry). The camera then swoops out over some cliffs (Cliffs of Moher). You can visit these mighty cliffs on a Vagabond 7 Day World Tour of Ireland or the 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour.
6. The Tudors (2007 - 2010)
Even though it is set in England, this TV drama about the early years of King Henry VIIIs reign was shot entirely in Ireland. Locations included: Ardmore Studies in Wicklow, Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, Drimnagh Castle, Swords Castle & Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow.
7. The Princess Bride (1987)
Another strike for the Cliffs of Moher! This fantasy fairy tale features a key scene where the hero and villains race across the 'Cliffs of Insanity' (in reality, the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher).
8. Ryan's Daughter (1970)
A romantic drama set in 1916. It tells the tale of a married Irish woman who has an affair with a British soldier. The movie was shot mainly on the spectalcular Dingle peninsula in Kerry, with a famous scene occurring on the beach between Slea Head and Dunmore Head. Vagabond and Driftwood tours to the south west of Ireland spend 2 nights in Dingle, giving you plenty of time to explore this beautiful part of Ireland.
9. The Quiet Man (1952)
Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, this movie was shot mostly in the tiny village of Cong. A picturesque village in Connemara between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, Cong was electrified specifically for the movie shoot. Pat Cohans Bar and Restaurant, featured in the movie, is now a firm favourite lunch stop on manys a Vagabond and Driftwood Tour.