Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A world of ‘Thrones’ awaits in Northern Ireland

If you considering yourself among the biggest fans of Game of Thrones, then Northern Ireland should be in your top three places to see before you die. It should be, even if you are not a fan!

All five seasons of the epic HBO series - Game of Thrones - have been filmed at some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular locations and edited at its production centre in Titanic Studios in Belfast. 

From Winterfell to Dragonstone to Storm’s End, the stunning Northern Ireland countryside has provided the perfect settings for the intricate plots to play out.

For fans, a visit to home of ’Thrones’ offers the chance to walk in the footsteps of the nobles and misfits who make up the shows unforgettable cast of characters.

There are numerous Game of Thrones experiences to be enjoyed in Northern Ireland and among them is the McComb five-star rated location tours which visit the main filming sites.

One of McComb’s tours follows the dramatic Causeway Coastal Route stopping at Ballycastle, home of Lady Catelyn Stark and Varys, Cushendun where fans can visit the cave where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow baby, and Ballintoy Harbour, which doubles for Pyke Harbour.

The tour also takes in Larrybane headland (Stormlands) and the iconic Kings Road, which is known locally as The Dark Hedges.

Although not connected to the series – yet – a visit to the Giant’s Causeway is also included on the tour, as it would be a missed opportunity not to visit this fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A second McComb’s tour heads for Winterfell, stopping first at Tollymore Forest Park, where visitors can see where the Dire Wolf Pups were discovered and the infamous Whitewalker ambush took place.

Then it’s on to 12th-century Inch Abbey where Lady Catelyn Stark heard of Ned’s death and Robb was crowned King of The North. The final stop is the magnificent 18th-century Castle Ward Estate.

Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell’s courtyard, while the wider estate doubled as the Whispering Wood and has featured in many key scenes.

Having played such a central role in the series, Castle Ward is now central to some excellent Game of Thrones experiences.

You will also undoubtedly want to make a beeline for the Clearsky Adventure archery movie set experience. It’s on the very spot that filming took place.

There is the opportunity to be transported into the world of Westeros by dressing up in character costumes from the show and taking up a bow and arrow in a masterful replica of the Winterfell archery range.

Clearsky walking tours of Castle Ward take visitors to key filming locations including Audley’s Castle where Jamie Lannister was held captive, and Audley’s Field which was used for Robb’s camp and filming the capture of the Kingslayer.

For those who really want to immerse themselves in the Game of Thrones’ world, Castle Ward offers medieval banquets. Dressed in character costumes, fans can enjoy a banquet of delicious hog roast and Winterfell fare washed down with pitchers of fine wine and exclusive Winterfell Craft Beer from the castle’s brewery.

There are a number of other tours of Games of Thrones’ filming locations in Northern Ireland, including the Causeway Coast’s one, two and three-day self-driving itinerary, cycling tours and boat tours.

And in Belfast there is the opportunity to visit the Paint Hall Studios, one of the largest indoor film studios in the world and where most of the interior filming for the Game of Thrones saga has been shot.

Game of Thrones series 5 can be watched in India on HBO Defined every Monday at 10pm.  

1 comment:

Cohen McRobbie said...

Really beautiful images thanks for sharing such images and aslo where i found that shooting of this tv show is done on this place really interesting...!

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