Step into the world of Hollywood with a visit to some of Ireland’s famous movie locations.
Ever since John Wayne brought Ireland to the world in 1952’s The Quiet Man, Hollywood has had an on-going love affair with Ireland. Breathtaking scenery, quaint villages, historic buildings, Ireland is rich in cinematic settings.
Movie set locations have become an increasingly popular way to tour the beautiful scenery of Ireland. Ranging from the dark fantasy of Game Of Thrones, to the futuristic space opera of Star Wars, Ireland has been home to some of Hollywood’s most thrilling movies and TV series.
Your first stop will be in Dublin and it’s surrounds, where countless iconic movies have been made. In Dublin itself visit the GPO, which was the scene of fierce fighting during the war of independence and made an appearance in the movie about the Irish hero Michael Collins. Also do a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, which has been used as a setting in many movies and shows such as In The Name Of The Father with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Then venture outside Dublin to Wicklow National Park which was made famous in the romantic movie P.S. I Love You and nearby Roundwood which is the home of the epic series Vikings.
From here travel north to Trim Castle in County Meath. Dating back to 1172, the castle is the biggest Anglo-Norman fortification in Ireland and played a starring role in Mel Gibson’s epic Braveheart.
Travel into Northern Ireland and visit the many locations from the worldwide smash hit TV series Game Of Thrones, stopping off for a photo opportunity at The Dark Hedges and Ward’s Castle, both familiar to Game of Thrones fans.
Whilst in Northern Ireland pay a visit to the Titanic experience, where the illfated ship was built. Finally, take a trip to the UNESCO heritage site Giant’s Causeway to view some of the best scenery in Ireland.
Next, to the west coast and a visit to Leenane, on the shores of Killary harbour, Ireland’s solitary deepwater fjord. Leenane was the setting for the movie The Field, starring Richard Harris. Then continue on to possibly the most famous of all movie locations, the village of Cong, County Mayo and setting of John Ford’s The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne. The Quiet Man was the movie that put Ireland on the movie map, and has been on the tourist trail for Americans since the 1950s. The scenery in this area is quite simply stunning and Cong itself is a quaint village not far from the majestic Ashford Castle, which is now a world class 5 star hotel.
Finally, travel to the remote South West and County Kerry. This was the setting of two of the latest Star Wars movies. It was on Skellig Michael, a weather beaten rock off the Atlantic coast that Luke Skywalker made his home in exile. Now a UNESCO heritage site, it was once settled by early Christian monks who retreated from life on the mainland and lived on Skellig Michael in stone beehive huts, spending their days in prayer, fishing and tending their garden high above the crashing Atlantic waves. The steps up to the monastery are not for the faint hearted and boats only come here during the summer months.
On your tour of Ireland, Get Away to Educate can organize a full itinerary which can include trips to see some of the most iconic movie settings in Hollywood history. You won’t be disappointed!
I’m a huge fan of Game Of Thrones, as are most of my students. It was one of the things we really wanted to see in Ireland..and it did not disappoint. History is literally around every corner in this beautiful country.