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Ten things Game of Thrones star Kit Harington should do the next time he's in Northern Ireland

Published 08/04/2015

Belfast-based We Are Vertigo to reach new heights with one of Europe's largest trampoline parks (Generated thumbnail)
Belfast-based We Are Vertigo to reach new heights with one of Europe's largest trampoline parks (Generated thumbnail)
Harry’s Shack on Portstewart strand
Panto stars May McFettridge (Queen May), Rhiannon Chesterman (Sleeping Beauty) and Lorraine Chase (Carabosse, the Wicked Fairy)
The SS Nomadic was commissioned and built by the White Star Line in 1910 at the Harland and Wolf shipyard to ferry passengers from Cherbourg harbour in France to the Titanic.
A participant in the 2012 karting endurance race at Eddie Irvine Sports in Bangor. Photo by Gary Fennelly
The beautiful Silent Valley
Guinness PRO12 Ulster v Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium. Craig Gilroy runs in Ulster's first try, challenged by Cardiff's Gavin Evans. Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
Rory McIlroy, seen here playing Royal Co Down as an amateur in 2007, will be returning as one of the star attractions at this year’s Irish Open
The Crumlin Road Gaol.
The view from the top of the Belfast bus tour

The Belfast Telegraph has come up with ten things Game of Thrones star Kit Harington should do the next time he's in Northern Ireland.

It comes as the actor who plays Jon Snow in the HBO series slated Belfast's tourist drive as he lampooned Tourism Northern Ireland as "wonderfully depressing" during an interview on a late night American chat show.      

He said: "They have a wonderful tourist board, they celebrate three things. Having the most bombed hotel in Europe, which is great.

"They built the Tiitanic which is a ship that sunk on its maiden voyage and now they have Game of Thrones, the most depressing TV show in history.

"So it's a wonderfully, depressing Tourist Board", he told Seth Meyers on Late Night.

Here are 10 things that Kit Harington can do the next time he's in Northern Ireland - both in Belfast and further afield:

1. Visit trampoline park We Are Vertigo and have a bounce on the trampolines. The park is Northern Ireland & the UK's premium indoor adventure centre based at Newtownbreda Industrial Estate.

2. Take a trip to the North Coast and sample the critically acclaimed seafood delights at Harry's Shack restaurant in Portstewart while taking in the beautiful views of the many beaches - and once your food has settled maybe even squeeze in a quick go on the Freak Out in Barry's Amusements Portrush.

3. See a show at the Grand Opera House. From musicals, to ballet to comedies to drama and pantomimes there is something for everyone to enjoy within the stunning surroundings of the opera house.

4. Visit the SS Nomadic Belfast - which didn't sink. The last remaining White Star Line vessel, SS Nomadic, has been restored to her original glory and is back home in historic Hamilton Dock, near Titanic Belfast. Experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.

5. Experience the excitement and thrills of high speed racing at Eddie Irvine Sports. North Down's only indoor racing track and one of Ireland's longest karting circuits owned by local Formula 1 racing legend Eddie Irvine - just 15 minutes from Belfast.

6. Watch the sunset at Silent Valley in Kilkeel Co Down which attracts around 50,000 visitors per year - most of whom come to enjoy the peace and solitude of this mountain area with its unique landscapes and varied wildlife.

7. Stand Up For The Ulster Men at Kingspan Stadium. Get wrapped up warm and get ready to cheer on the Ulster men.

8. Play golf -  Boasting fourteen courses and home to world famous golfers Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell - Northern Ireland is a golfer’s paradise. Close to the Belfast city centre are the 18 hole parkland courses of Royal Belfast, Shandon, Malone and Belvoir Park Golf Clubs. The famous links courses of Royal County Down and Royal Portrush are only an hours drive away

9. Test your bravery on a paranormal tour of the Crumlin Road Gaol. The Crumlin Road Gaol is a nineteenth century Grade ‘A’ listed building that has recently undergone a significant restoration, and recently reopened to the public for guided tours, concerts and events. There are also paranormal tours available later in the evening for those who want to be spooked.

10. Go on an open top bus tour of Belfast. Enjoy a open top hop on hop off bus tour across Belfast, see the historic landmarks and listen to an entertaining commentary on Belfast past present and future. The route covers architecture and feats of engineering, including the renowned Queen's University and the giant H&W cranes. The tour takes in the dark Crumlin Road Gaol and the world famous Belfast murals on the Falls and Shankill roads.

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