Here’s our list of five fantastic Game of Thrones activities you can do in Ireland.
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably coming to the sad realisation that 2020 means no new Game of Thrones (GoT) episodes for you to watch. There’s also still no sign of when George R. R. Martin’s next book in the series will be published.
We know, we know. We’re pretty glum about the whole thing as well. But don’t feel too down, because here we have compiled a list of five amazing Game of Thrones activities you, or the GoT obsessed person in your life, can do to bring to life the excitement of Westeros.
5. Glass of Thrones walking trail – to take in the sights and sounds of Belfast
Tourism Ireland used the tenth anniversary of GoT’s first filming in Ireland to place six beautiful stained glass windows around the city of Belfast. Each window was created by local Irish artists and forms a stunning 1.8-mile walking trail around the “Home of Thrones”.
With the new year having just arrived, and no doubt lots of you making resolutions to get healthier, what better exercise is there for the GoT fan than following this wonderfully crafted walk?
If you decide to take this walking trail, we recommend picking up your own “Glass of Thrones” visitor guide, which you can get from Visit Belfast and visitor information centres across Northern Ireland.
4. GoT To Escape – for Game of Thrones action with solid teamwork
This Game of Thrones activity is a favourite of ours. Us Irish love a challenge, and when it’s mixed with something as enchanting as GoT, well, we’ve…GoT to try it.
We’re only sort of sorry for that pun.
This incredible escape room is designed to get you thinking and working in a team. Whether a small or large group, GoT To Escape caters for all team sizes. And don’t worry if you’re being dragged along to this and you’ve never even seen an episode of Game of Thrones—no specific knowledge of the show or the books are required!
Perfect for stag/hen parties, birthdays, and corporate team-building events, this escape room, located on Belfast’s Church Lane, has been a massive hit since it opened. More information can be found at their web page: gottoescape.com
3. Game of Thrones Tour with Giant’s Causeway – to see the beauty of Ireland
This fully-guided bus tour, leaving from Great Victoria Street, is a must for fans. The fact that you get to visit some of Ireland’s most iconic and beautiful spots, such as the Dark Hedges and the Giant’s Causeway, has sold us already.
Added to this is the fact you’ll have your very own ‘maester’ as your knowledgeable tour guide. The maester will take you to some of the most recognisable and loved GoT filming locations from season one to seven, filling you in with crucial information as you go.
There’ll also be photo stops along the way so you can be sure you’ll have plenty of snaps to put on your social media!
2. Winterfell Castle Tour – to explore over 20 GoT filming spots
Castle Ward, a.k.a. Winterfell Castle, is just forty minutes from Belfast. Old Castle Ward was used extensively by HBO for filming purposes. Keen viewers will recognise it as the spot where Bran was pushed from the window by Jamie Lannister, and where Theon beheads Ser Rodrik.
A perfect replica of the Winterfell Archery Range has been recreated—meaning you’ll be able to shoot medieval arrows using ancient longbows on this tour. It really can’t get much cooler than that.
You’ll also get to hear all the gossip from instructors about what went on behind the scenes on actual filming days. This is a Game of Thrones activity not to be missed.
1. GoT Direwolf Tour – because direwolves!
Do you want to pet a real-life direwolf*? Come on, that’s not even a question. We know your answer is yes.
Viewers of the show will recognise Summer and Greywind (Bran and Robb Stark’s wolves) as two of the fierce direwolves found by Jon Snow in season one of the series. Although their Game of Thrones acting days are now behind them, Odin and Thor (their real names) are now part of this epic Direwolf Tour.
Not only will you get to pet these amazing animals, you’ll also get to wear handmade cloaks while exploring some of Ireland’s most scenic locations. Did we mention you’ll also get to hold a sword?
*A really big dog. But still cool.
Let us know which Game of Thrones adventures you go on!