Winterfell is the ancestral castle and seat of power of House Stark and is the royal capital of the Kingdom of the North. It is located in the center of the northernmost province of the Seven Kingdoms, on the kingsroad that runs fromStorm's End to the Wall. It is situated at the eastern edge of the wolfswood, north of the western branch of the White Knife and Castle Cerwyn. Winterfell is south of the northern mountains and southwest of Long Lake,one hundred leagues (three hundred miles) southeast of Deepwood Motte.


Winterfell is a huge castle complex spanning several acres, consisting of two massive walls and a village located just outside called the "winter town". Winterfell itself has been built around an ancient godswood and over natural hot springs. The water is piped through walls and chambers to heat them, making Winterfell more comfortable than other castles during the harsh northern winters.

Inside the walls, the complex is composed of dozens of courtyards and small open spaces. Weapons training and practice take place in those yards. The inner ward is a second, much older open space in the castle where archery practice takes place. It is located next to the broken tower. Inside Winterfell stands the inner castle, which contains the Great Keep and the Great Hall.


  • Hallis Glenmore is the castle's steward
  • Maester Bartimus serves the Lord of Winterfell
  • Artos Stark serves as Winterfell's master-at-arms
  • Beren Lightfoot is captain of the household guard.
  • Septon Ronnel maintains the castle's sept and
  • Septa Maegelle tutors the Stark children.
  • Kennelmaster Vortimer Fell