Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Filming Locations - Belfast

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Filming Locations

The exciting upcoming movie is inspired by the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Namely, the movie is set in the Forgotten Realms, a campaign setting with strange lands, dangerous creatures, and mighty deities. And as for the plot, the film follows the adventures of an unusual group of thieves on their way to retrieve a lost relic. However, running afoul of the wrong people doesn’t stop them from saving the world nor does it take away the movie’s comedic side.

The movie was written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. In addition, the movie features some of the biggest names in Hollywood. There is Chris Pine who stars as the bard Elgin and Michelle Rodriguez as barbarian Holga. Not to forget Hugh Grant, Regé-Jean Page and Sophia Lillis. Moreover, the film is about to be released in the US on March 31, 2023 by Paramount Pictures. Till then, let’s check out the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves filming locations you can visit!

Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Northern Ireland, UK

Clandeboye Estate on the outskirts of Bangor bears witness to the noble Dufferin and Ava families. The estate comprises the Clandeboye House and the largest area of broad-leaved woodland in Northern Ireland. However, the courtyard is the heart of the commercial activity at Clandeboye. Namely, it hosts various social events, like conferences or festivals. Interestingly, many choose the chapel or banqueting hall as their wedding venue. It’s the location that just brings out the spirit of the barons and marquises. In addition, the estate is home to Helen’s Tower. It was built by Frederic, the 1st marquis, in memory of his mother. Namely, this example of Scottish Baronial Revival architecture was immortalized in Tennyson’s poem of the same name.

Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, UK

Carrickfergus Castle is found in the town of the same name on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. The imposing monument surrounded by sea is one of the best-preserved medieval structures in Ireland. Not only that but the four-story fortified castle boasts 800 years of rich history. Namely, Carrickfergus Castle is the only castle in Ireland which has been in constant use since its building in the 1100s. The castle was built by Anglo-Norman knight John de Courcy and over time was besieged by the Scots, Irish, English and French. The castle is open to visitors who can check out the cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries and historical displays inside the castle’s walls.

Castle Ward, Strangford, Northern Ireland, UK

The castle Ward is set in the lovely Strangford village overlooking the waters of Strangford Lough. The facades of the castle are designed in two architectural styles, the Classical one with columns and the Gothic one with pointed windows. The idea originated from Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh and, interestingly, the interior follows the same division. In addition, the castle has a Victorian laundry, theater, saw mill, restaurant, and shop. Moreover, lush landscaped gardens around the castle hide another castle, Old Castle Ward. It was built for defensive purposes by the Ward family. This simple fortified tower house with its historic farmyard took the spotlight when it played out as the Winterfell Castle from the Game of Thrones. The tower, paired with archery lessons in the farmyard, really brings the spirit of the old times. 

Tollymore Forest, Northern Ireland, UK

The beautiful “Winterfell forest” from the Game of Thrones is located at Bryansford, near Newcastle. Truth be told, this impressive location steals the spotlight here. Situated at the foot of the Mourne mountains, it looks like a green fantasy wonderland and has many things to see. Some of them are Hermitage, an enchanting stone shelter covered with greenery, or Clanbrassil Barn which resembles a church. But equally interesting are its grottos and streams, its Gothic stone gates, and its trekking routes. So, other than being a very aesthetic spot, it is a nice picnic spot, too. 

Ballintoy Beach, Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, UK

A winding access road gives a spectacular view of Ballintoy Beach. Situated 8 kilometers from Ballycastle, the beach seems to be stuck in time. Numerous rocky islands make the beach known as a ‘raised beach’ and an ideal backdrop for a fantasy movie. Like many others, this location, too, appeared in Game of Thrones. The peaceful Ballintoy Harbour is ideal for a taste of traditional Irish life. If they’re not photography or filming crews, people come here for peaceful walks, birdwatching and fishing. Those really fond of rock formations can visit Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO-protected formation 15 minutes from here. Other than that, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is just a 5-minute drive away.

Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, Northern Ireland, UK

Lovely Glenarm, the oldest village in Northern Ireland situated at the foot of Glenarm Glen shows off its beautiful castle. Namely, the McDonnell family has been here since medieval times. Randal McDonnell, the first Earl of Antrim, built the first castle on the site in 1636. For the next hundred years, the family still resided in Dunluce Castle, whose ruins are still visited. But back to Glenarm! Today’s Palladian-style building dates back to the 18th century. Interestingly, the castle is still a family home. What’s more, George, the butler to Lord and Lady Dunluce, kindly guides the visitors through the history of the family. The castle also has an exquisite walled garden, portraits from the early 17th century, beautiful furniture, and a tea room.

Myra Castle, Strangford, Northern Ireland, UK

Myra Castle can be found in the close vicinity of Castle Ward. More precisely, it is located on the shore of Strangford Lough, some 6 kilometers from Downpatrick. Moreover, the castellated mansion from the 19th century has a rather simplistic look. Namely, it has an entrance tower on one and a circular turret on the other side, a garden, parkland and a balustraded terrace. However, it was built to the south of Walshestown Castle which is nearby. This 16th-century tower house got its name after one of the Norman families that came here in the 12th century with John de Courcy. In addition, due to its beautiful surroundings and medieval look, the site was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones.

Galboly, Northern Ireland, UK

A picturesque village situated in the Glens of Antrim is situated near the historic village Carnlough. For movie enthusiasts, it is just a 20-minute car ride from the mentioned Glenarm Castle. Moreover, this peaceful village tucked in the coast of Antrim has the most beautiful countryside that bears witness to its lost rural life. Since it became desolated in 2013, the village became a perfect filming location. Namely, its enchanting hilly backdrop occurred already in Game of Thrones. That’s why some visitors decide to experience the view from above the village and see the stone houses, ruins and cottages with thatched roofs.

Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

All of the scenes with actors were filmed almost entirely at Titanic Studios in Belfast, meaning that the crew used stand-ins on real locations. However, Northern Ireland’s capital which merges Victorian and modern architecture can offer both tourist sites and filming locations. One of them is the picturesque Belfast Castle Estate. Besides the castle and its gardens and woodland, this lively port city has a Romanesque-style Cathedral and the Classical City Hall. What’s more, Belfast was the birthplace of the Titanic, so no one should miss out on the Titanic Memorial Garden. The only thing left is a traditional pub! There are many cafes, bars and restaurants in the Linen Quarter.

Belfast Titanic Shipyard
Belfast Titanic Shipyard

Seaford, England, UK

This small coastal town in East Sussex has the most amazing view of its seacliffs called Seven Sisters. Namely, the cliffs made their appearance in several movies, like a Harry Potter sequel, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Summerland and others. And Seaford Head Nature Reserve is the perfect place to admire these undulating chalk cliffs. This true natural phenomenon is in fact an eroded part of the South Downs mountain range. In addition, the town boasts a golf course situated right on one of the cliffs and the 3-kilometer-long pebble beach. And as for the history, the former home to chandlers and merchants has a Martello Tower museum and a 13th-century undercroft which is part of the Crypt Art Gallery



The first scenes of the movie that will appear on the screen will be those shot in Iceland. Namely, the filming coincided with the first eruption of the Fragadasfjall volcano in 6000 years. This volcano situated on the Reykjanes peninsula, 40 kilometers from Reykjavik, therefore, served as a perfect backdrop. No surprise it later became a huge attraction afterwards. Besides, Iceland was a filming location for various other blockbusters. Very often it served as a backdrop for movies that needed glacial lagoons and snow. Not only that, but it also played the part of post-apocalyptic Earth in Oblivion and it lent its volcanic beaches to a Star Trek sequel.

Iceland landscape
Iceland landscape

Map of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Filming Locations

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