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Su Hamilton, freelance designer at GoT To Escape in Belfast

Su Hamilton, freelance designer at GoT To Escape in Belfast

Prison Island escape rooms in Belfast

Prison Island escape rooms in Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

GoT To Escape on Church Lane

GoT To Escape on Church Lane

Inside one of the Forbidden Quest rooms CREDIT: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Inside one of the Forbidden Quest rooms CREDIT: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Prison Island escape rooms in Belfast

Prison Island escape rooms in Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

Forbidden Quest on Bradbury Place in Belfast CREDIT: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Forbidden Quest on Bradbury Place in Belfast CREDIT: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

GoT To Escape on Church Lane

GoT To Escape on Church Lane

Stephen Dickson of Escapade HQ, stands in escape room, Detained CREDIT: Liam McBurney

Stephen Dickson of Escapade HQ, stands in escape room, Detained CREDIT: Liam McBurney

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Magic Emporium, one of Escapade HQ's games. CREDIT: Liam McBurney

Magic Emporium, one of Escapade HQ's games. CREDIT: Liam McBurney

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Su Hamilton, freelance designer at GoT To Escape in Belfast

I’ve done it on a boat, in ancient Egypt, in Alice in Wonderland’s, well, Wonderland and beside a cat hotel (yes, really). My last few years living in Dublin were punctuated with escape room experiences. From solving puzzles to crack an espionage ring to putting ourselves in Sherlock Holmes’ shoes and tackling a literary themed conundrum, if there was 60 minutes on a timer, and a themed subject matter I was all for it. Especially if there was a costume.

Moving home it is refreshing to see that escape rooms have found their way north. And are not just firmly rooting themselves in Northern Irish life, but many differ significantly from traditional escape room experiences.


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