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Featured in popular culture like “Game of Thrones”, the Dark Hedges is an enchanting avenue of beech trees that warp and twist to create an otherworldly hedgerow tunnel. Located in County Antrim, it’s one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed spots, bringing a touch of magic to a simple country road.

Getting There

The Dark Hedges is approximately an hour’s drive from Belfast and close to the town of Ballymoney. Parking is available in nearby areas, such as at the Hedges Estate Hotel, but visitors need to approach the Dark Hedges by foot.


The Beech Trees: Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, more than 150 beech trees line the Bregagh Road, creating a hauntingly beautiful avenue.

Gracehill House: Located nearby, this is an 18th-century Georgian mansion with a golf course and a restaurant.

Photography: The spralling branches, atmospheric shadows, and unique perspectives offer great photography opportunities.

Visiting Hours

The site is open year-round, 24 hours a day.

Tickets & Pricing

There’s no admission fee to visit the Dark Hedges.

Shopping & Dining

Local towns such as Ballymoney offer dining and shopping options. Gracehill House offers restaurant services too.


  • The Dark Hedges is best viewed at dawn or dusk for an ethereal, beautifully-lit experience.
  • It can get very busy with traffic during peak times; consider visiting during quieter hours.
  • Respect the area and avoid climbing the trees or blocking the road with vehicles to preserve this natural wonder.

Ethereal and awe-inspiring, the Dark Hedges offers a unique natural spectacle and a photo opportunity that is truly distinct to Northern Ireland. Enjoy the magic, but remember to preserve it for future generations.

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