The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
Planted in around 1775 by a certain James Stuart to frame the road leading up to his house, this atmospheric corridor of 150 ancient, twisting beech trees is like something out of a fairy tale. You half-expect to happen upon Sleeping Beauty’s castle as you emerge out the other side at Georgian mansion Gracehill House.
In fact, the otherworldly avenue is one of many ‘Game of Thrones’ filming locations in Northern Ireland, standing in for the Kingsway in season two of the series. Fans of the show flock here in their droves, so be sure to visit especially early or late when the crowds are thinner. But don’t go alone: legend has it the hedges are visited by a ghost called the Grey Lady who traverses the avenue, disappearing as she passes the last tree.