Fantastic Filming Locations in Ireland
We have some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in Ireland from our rugged coastline to our green fields to our historic buildings. Over the years Ireland has been the setting for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows.
Scenes from the latest Star wars movie, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ were shot at Skellig Michael, County Kerry. The location is simply stunning and it’s easy to see why it was chosen for the hit movie. Located approximately 12km from the Kerry coastline, the island is well known throughout the world as being an archaeology site and has now been given ‘UNESCO’ status as a world heritage site. The island is tricky to get to but there are ferries available to the island.
‘Game of Thrones’ is possibly the most popular TV show in the world at the moment with millions of viewers tuning in regularly. Producers of the show use a variety of locations across Northern Ireland for some of the show’s most memorable moments. Scenes of ‘The Haunted Forrest’ are filmed at Tollymore Forrest Park in Co. Down, the dark hedges in Co. Antrim are used as ‘The Kingsroad’ and Binveagh in County Antrim/Derry is used for scenes featuring the ‘Dothraki Sea’ . These locations are a hugely popular visitor attraction in Northern Ireland with ‘Game of Thrones’ tours available which will guide you through all of these spectacular filming locations.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare are one of Ireland’s most famous visitor attractions. Standing at 702 feet tall and stretching for 8 kilometres along the Atlantic Coast, they are simply stunning. These spectacular cliffs were also featured in the Harry Potter movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price’ featuring Harry and Professor Dumbledore. The cliffs have been feature in many other movies, TV shows including the much loved Father Ted as well as some music videos and advertisements.
Meath & Kildare
Mel Gibson’s blockbuster Braveheart, had many of its most iconic scenes shot in Ireland. The famous ‘Battle of Stirling Bridge’ scene was shot within the 5,000 acres of flat common land in the Curragh, Co. Kildare. It’s a well-known top location throughout the world for horse breeding and training.
Scenes depicting London in the movie were filmed at Bective Abbey Co. Meath. Bective Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey is located on the banks of the river Boyne and was home to monks in medieval times. Trim castle was also used as the City of York in the movie. Screenings of Braveheart are regularly shown at Trim castle walls during the summer months.
Kilmainham Gaol is one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and was also one of the locations used to film scenes for the classic movie, ‘The Italian Job’. The hit movie starring Michael Caine hit the big screen in 1969 and all of its jail scenes were filmed in Kilmainham Gaol. The location has been used for many other popular movies as well including the 1996 movie ‘Michael Collins’ , the 1987 movie ‘The Whistle Blower’ and was also used in 1993 for scenes in ‘In the Name of the Father’. Kilmainham has also been used to film scenes in popular TV series ‘The Tudors’ which ran from 2007 to 2010.
The 2006 musical film Once had many scenes filmed on Grafton Street in Dublin City Centre. The film is centred on the relationship between a struggling Dublin musician and a Czech Immigrant with a passion for music. The movie was a huge success and the soundtrack went on to scoop an Oscar. Bono, Hozier, Glen Hansard, The Script and The Coronas took to Dublin’s Grafton Street on Christmas Eve 2015 in what has become an annual busking session for some of Ireland’s biggest musicians who perform to raise money for the homeless charity, The Simon Community.
Grafton Street is one of Ireland’s most famous streets and runs from Saint Stephens Green to Trinity College, two of Dublin’s most well-known landmarks. A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without visiting Grafton Street and strolling through the luxury boutiques stores or trying out one of the trendy bars or restaurants.
Youghal Co Cork
The seaside town of Youghal was used for filming parts of the iconic 1956 film Moby Dick. Youghal was used as the setting for ‘New Bedford’ in the hit movie which starred movie legends Gregory Peck and Richard Baseheart. Youghal remains a popular visitor destination to this day. Its sea side views and friendly locals make it an ideal destination for visitors to East Cork with many stopping off in ‘Moby Dicks’ pub for a drink.
Curracloe Strand, Wexford
Curracloe strand is one of the most popular beaches in the Sunny South East. Stretching for miles along the Wexford coast, it truly is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The beach was used for filming the 20 minute long opening scene of Hollywood blockbuster, Saving Private Ryan. This particular beach was chosen because of its similarity to Omaha beach in Normandy where many battles took place. Director Stephen Spielberg went on to win an Oscar for Best Director for the movie.
From Dublin city centre to some of our most beautiful beaches, Ireland has provided a wonderful location for shooting movie scenes. All of these locations are stunning and are a must see on your next trip around Ireland.