The North Remembers: Why Game of Thrones Fans Visit Northern Ireland

For a country of less than two million people, Northern Ireland has a surprisingly dense number of famous tourist attractions.

But in early February, Game Of Thrones fans won’t be heading there for Belfast’s Titanic Museum, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery or the iconic basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway.

Instead, many who have tuned in to the cult fantasy show in recent years should line up for the Game Of Thrones Studio Tour, an exhibition that draws on the country’s rich landscapes used in the show with collections of original scenery, weapons, costumes and other accessories.

The main hall of Winterfell and the throne on Dragonstone are among the highlights of the exhibition at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, south-west Belfast, which opened on February 4.

While the eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones may have disappointed many fans, the excitement is expected to pick up when broadcaster HBO releases the House Of The Dragon prequel in 2022.

Show fans won’t be staying in the showrooms long, as there are a total of 26 locations used in the cult series scattered across Northern Ireland.

These include Tollymore Forest Park (The Cursed Forest), Dark Hedges Avenue of Beeches (The King’s Walk) and the ruins of Shane Castle on the shores of Lough Neagh (which served as a backdrop background to a spear fight). – dpa