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Game of Thrones fans get the chance to find out how Castle Winterfell is made

By Steven Alexander

Game of Thrones fans can find out how a Co Down courtyard is transformed into Castle Winterfell of Westeros later this month.

That's because historic properties that double up as film sets will be opened to the public as part of European Heritage Open Days. Among the 400 properties and free events on September 13 and 14 will be a talk at the Old Courtyard at Castle Ward beside Strangford Lough.

Game of Thrones location manager Robbie Boake will talk fans through the transformation of the 17th century farmyard into Winterfell and give an insight into why we have some of the best film locations in the world.

There will also a talk from James Bond location manager Catherine Geary, at Mount Stewart in Newtownards, which provides the backdrop for Dracula Untold.

And fans of psychological drama The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, will get a talk from Paul Spector's 'lair', at Crumlin Road disused quarry, just past Horseshoe Bend.

Pre-booking for all talks is available from 9am each day on 028 9054 3022.

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