‘Game Of Thrones’ Riverrun Castle For Sale In Northern Ireland

Published August 16, 2018
Updated August 29, 2018

You could own Northern Ireland's Gosford Castle, the real-life Riverrun from 'Game of Thrones,' for a surprisingly reasonable price.

Gosford Castle

Maison Real Estate

Listen up Game of Thrones superfans: You can now own a piece of the show’s history for a pretty reasonable price.

Part of Northern Ireland’s Gosford Castle, which was used for exterior shots of the Riverrun castle on season three of the show, is up for sale starting at just $656,452. Considering that the average price of an apartment in Manhattan in 2017 was $2.19 million, this castle is something of a steal.

And the castle, on the market through Maison Real Estate, has had quite an interesting history aside from its Game of Thrones fame.

Gosford was built in the mid-1800s by the 2nd Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, and remained in the hands of the Earls of Gosford until 1921. During World War II, the castle was used to accommodate troops and had a prisoner of war camp erected on its estate. It was sold after the war and had been used as a hotel since 1983.

Exterior footage of Gosford Castle.

The castle was most recently purchased in 2006 and was being developed into luxury apartment units. The portion of the castle up for sale now is “partially developed” and has six proposed apartments with delightfully medieval names like “The Old Keep” and “The Round Tower.”

Each one of the spacious units has 3,500 square feet of living area and some select units even offer rooftop gardens.

Real Riverrun Castle

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Even though just the exterior of Gosford Castle was used for the show, fans still associate the castle at Riverrun with some pivotal moments on the HBO hit show.

During season three, Robb Stark used the castle as his home base alongside his mother Catelyn and uncles Edmure and Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully, when they plotted to defeat the Lannisters. One of the most memorable scenes that took place on the grounds of the castle was when Robb Stark cut off the head of his bannerman and former ally Rickard Karstark after he betrayed him.

Robb Stark beheads Rickard Karstark at Riverrun Castle on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Thinking of purchasing a piece of the place where this epic confrontation went down, but still worried that it might be a little too pricey? Think about renting out one of the units. Airbnb has offered to help the buyer renovate part of the castle to actually look like Riverrun from the show on the inside. But there’s a catch: The buyer must list one of the apartments on their site.

“Whoever has enough Lannister gold to buy this castle, let us know,” Airbnb tweeted. “We’ll help you renovate a room to look like Riverrun if you’d like to list it on Airbnb.”

Whether renting or buying, if you’ve always dreamed of living like one of the Tullys, you better act quickly. Winter is coming and this part of Game of Thrones history will likely not stay on the market for long.


After this look at the real-life Riverrun castle, check out Dark Hedges, Ireland’s eerie tree tunnel also made famous by Game of Thrones. Then take a look at these photos of the stunning French castle that was recently on sale for $17 million.

Caroline Redmond
Caroline is a writer and Florida-transplant currently living in New York City.
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