Missing Game Of Thrones? Here's 6 Deadly GoT Experiences You Can Do In Ireland
Get your Winterfell fix...
The final episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 7 did not disappoint and had us all on the edge of our seats while also breaking records as the most-watched episode in the history of the series.
No biggie eh? What is disappointing though, is that there's now a huuuuge GoT shaped hole in our lives, and we need to fill it FAST.
So while you're waiting for the final part of the TV show, hightail it on up to Northern Ireland which has more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world. Yep, for real.
There's 26 filming locations, including the dramatic cliffs of Fair Head on the Causeway Coast which is the latest Irish spot featured in the show. And apart from the fab scenery, there's even better experiences that fans can do...
From archery, cycle tours or a full blown banquet, here's six ways you can immerse yourself in the wonder of Winterfell this year:
1. Games of Thrones® Air Tour Adventure
If you fancy splashing out on an experience of a lifetime, look no further than Cutting Edge Helicopters. Ascend like a raven into the sky and take in the stunning filming locations below. Fly across Downhill Beach (Dragonstone), Portstewart Strand (the Coast of Dorne), Binevenagh (the Dothraki Grasslands) and many more beautiful locations. Prices starting from £125pp (3 people).
2. Game of Thrones® Tapestry
See Game of Thrones® immortalised in a giant, Bayeux style tapestry, exceeding 77 metres, at the Ulster Museum. From Winterfell to the Iron Islands, this epic tapestry brings to life the infamous events, locations and story of the most popular television series of all time. Weaving the story from Seasons 1 to 6, this impressive tapestry gives Game of Thrones® fans the perfect chance to reminisce over all the action that led to Season 7. With new sections then added each week as Season 7 airs, it is a unique way to experience the trials and tribulations of the very latest episodes.
3. Game of Thrones® Door Food Tour
If you are keen to see more of the doors, then the Glenara Food and Door tour is for you. This tour operates in the evenings and takes in four of the ten Game of Thrones® Season 6 doors (£50 per person). Travelling from Limavady to Cushendun along the Causeway Coastal Route, you will have the chance to see the beautifully carved doors, as well as time to sample local cuisine and enjoy a tipple or two.
4. Winterfell Festival
Castle Ward in Co. Down may just be the holy grail for Game of Thrones® fans as it is instantly recognisable as Winterfell, home of the Stark family. On 24 September, the National Trust will host NI’s very own Winterfell Festival (tickets £22.50). See first-hand theatrical re-enactments from the fantasy TV series, meet an actor from the show, watch spectacular games unfold in a mystical landscape and enjoy lively music, local food and much more.
Special guests will also include two of the original Stark family Direwolf dogs. It is here that you can also book a filming location cycle tour, exercise your archery skills or stay for the night in a cool glamping pod.
5. By the sea
Set sail with an Aquaholics Sea Safari (£40 per person for 6 people) and as you and make your way out into the Atlantic Ocean, you will get an ocean perspective of the many Game of Thrones® filming locations found along the Causeway Coastal Route. Visiting Ballintoy Harbour (Lordsport Harbour), Murlough Bay and Fair Head (Slaver's Bay) the tour lasts around 4 hours and you might even spot some dolphins - not dragons - along the way.
6. Game of Thrones® Tour at Ballygally Castle
On Friday 8th September, join fellow fans for a Game of Thrones® themed Afternoon Tea and a tour of filming locations in the land of Westeros. Return to the 4* Ballygally Castle Hotel on the Causeway Coast for a Game of Thrones® Banquet and overnight stay in a superior room with breakfast (from £140pps).
Weekend breaks for the next few months sorted. For more info and details on Game of Thrones tours, see here.