Winterfell is the home of the Starks in the North. A huge crypt was built beneath the castle and is the burial spot of the Stark ancestors.
Winterfell behind fog
Winterfell is the ancestral home and primary locations of House Stark and is one of the Northern most castles in the Seven Kingdoms. The castle is comprised of several towers, a great wall, and a small city occupied by commoners. The towers contain the living quarters of the Starks as well as a library. Winterfell also contains a Great Hall, where its masters can entertain any guests. At the beginning of the Game of Thrones series, the keep was ruled and occupied Lord Eddard Stark, his family, and all of his court and other servants. Members of House Stark continued to leave Winterfell, until Bran and Rickon were the only Starks remaining at the end of Season 1. Winterfell is located in the heart of North, south of the Great Wall, and just off the Kingsroad, which serves as the major road between the Wall and King's Landing. Partly because of its location and partly because of the Stark reputation, Winterfell is shown as a bleak and desolate place, void of warmth and color.
According to legend, Winterfell was built on top of hot springs by Brandon the Builder, an ancient ancestor of the Starks who supposedly was also responsible for construction of the Wall. The warm water from the springs flows through the castle walls, which provides heat to the castle and its residents, especially during the harsh Northern winters. Directly beneath the keep is the Stark family crypt, where all of the members of
House Stark are laid to rest, including Lyanna, Brandon, and Rickard. Each ancestor has a statute of their likeness carved into stone. Because the Starks worship the Old Gods, Winterfell also has a Godswood located outside the main walls of the keep as a place of prayer and meditation.