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Dr. Chris Brown And The Living Room Discover Game Of Thrones® Territory

August 24, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

On a recent visit to Northern Ireland Dr Chris Brown and The Living Room were transported into the fantastical medieval world of Westeros from hit HBO series Game of Thrones®.  The global phenomenon, broadcast in more than 70 countries and now in its seventh series, has transformed some of Northern Ireland’s stunning locations into scenic backdrops and now must-see attractions for dedicated fans.

Dr Chris walked in the footsteps of Game of Thrones legends Ned Stark, Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow when he visited one of the show’s most iconic locations – Castle WardCastle Ward overlooks Strangford Lough in County Down and is more familiar with viewers as Winterfell Castle – the seat of the ruler of the North and the traditional home of House Stark.

Dr Chris got into character by dressing up in medieval costume at the ‘Winterfell Archery Range’, an exact replica from the series, and fired live arrows at White Walkers.  He was also brave enough to meet with two very important characters from the HBO series, Direwolves – Summer and Grey Wind.

Working up an appetite Dr Chris ventured to the nearby Cuan Guesthouse for a medieval Winterfell Banquet fit for a Stark.  The Cuan provided accommodation for many of the stars during filming, so boasts a strong affiliation with the series.

An easy three-day self-drive itinerary has been created to highlight the Game of Thrones® locations, which are very easy for fans to access and include:

  • The ruin of Shane’s Castle near Randalstown in County Antrim, was where Ned Stark was chained up (doubled as Kings Landing) and The Hand’s Tournament took place.
  • The haunting avenue of trees near Armoy known as The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, is where Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing.
  • Cushendun Caves, County Antrim, where sorceress Melisandre births a shadow baby.
  • The magnificent Murlough Bay, Country Antrim is used for the Iron Islands, where Theon Greyjoy and his sister Asha ride on horseback and where actress Michelle Fairley used to swim as a child.
  • Ballintoy Harbour, County Antrim is where Theon Greyjoy sets foot back on the Iron Islands and where he later admires his new ship and crew.
  • Inch Abbey on the River Quoile, County Down, provided the backdrop for Walder Frey’s twin castles in The Riverlands, where Catelyn Stark learns of her husband’s fate and vows revenge.

To immortalise the unforgettable filming locations, Tourism Ireland has unveiled a giant 77-metre long, Bayeux-style tapestry.  Displayed in the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the tapestry is made with linen from Northern Ireland and depicts Game of Thrones® seasons 1 to 6 – with blood red weddings, golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold-blue White Walkers and jet black ravens.

Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland Manager Australia and New Zealand, said of the recent visit: “We are delighted to work with Dr Chris Brown and the Living Room team to highlight Northern Ireland and the key filming locations for Game of Thrones®.  TV and film are recognised as strong influencers on travellers everywhere and the stellar popularity of Game of Thrones® is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the stunning landscape in Northern Ireland.” 

Dr Chris Brown’s Game of Thrones® experience will air on The Living Room on Friday 25th August at 7.30pm on Network Ten.

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