Winterfell Festival

Winterfell Festival comes to Castle Ward on 16 September 2018

Winterfell is coming! Visitors to Winterfell Festival 2018 will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell and experience theatrical re-enactments of scenes from George R. R. Martin’s first novel in the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Visitors will experience a Winterfell where tensions are high as tales of ancient peoples, once thought extinct, who can kill with a mere touch of their flesh, rattle the residents.

Visitors can join the crowds and soak up the atmosphere at the King’s Tournament Games where full contact jousting and enthralling film-set stunts & tricks will make a spectacle fit for entertaining royalty. Sword fighting displays and falconry will add to the atmosphere, creating an unforgettable event.

The magnificent Irish Arms put on a show for King Robert
Jousting games taking place at Winterfell Festival 2017
The magnificent Irish Arms put on a show for King Robert

Life in Westeros

Come along and stand in the very courtyard where Jon Snow taught his brother Bran to shoot a bow and arrow. Then explore the clock tower, an iconic feature in the Winterfell landscape and the spot where Bran Stark is pushed from the window by Jamie Lannister.

Winter has arrived at Castle Ward
White walkers have arrived at Winterfell Festival, Castle Ward
Winter has arrived at Castle Ward

Follow the trail to Audley’s Castle and see if you can avoid crossing the path of the most feared creatures in Westeros, the White Walkers.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval village and watch skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths, weavers and armourers at work.

Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for Game of Thrones and two of the original Stark family Direwolf Dogs will be making a special appearance.  The Stark’s Grey Wind and Summer are known as Odin and Thor in the real world and are the closest thing to real wolves you’ll ever meet!

Meet Summer and Grey Wind at Winterfell Festival
Odin and Thor aka the Direwolves at Winterfell Festival 2017
Meet Summer and Grey Wind at Winterfell Festival

Meet King Robert

BAFTA nominated actor Mark Addy will be attending Winterfell Festival and hosting Q&A sessions. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask King Robert Baratheon their burning questions about his time on the hit show.
Limited tickets will be made available on Wednesday 5 September at 10am.

More details about King Robert returning.

A full festival programme is still to be released, but fans of the show are advised to book early as the event sold out last year.


  • Adult - £25 adult
  • Children £10 (5-16)
  • Family ticket £65 (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Under 5s free

Please check our ticket Terms and Conditions for further details before purchasing.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at Visit Belfast, or online at Visit Belfast.

Tickets to meet the actors will be sold separately and go on sale later in the summer.

Getting here

For those not travelling to Winterfell by carriage - Translink is the next best thing. Get the bus from Belfast City Centre and back for a day trip to Westeros in style.

Please note access on the day will be via the main Strangford Road only.

This event is independently operated by the National Trust and is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones

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