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Has there ever been a better time to be a Game of Thrones fan in Northern Ireland?

By Claire Williamson

Has there ever been a better time to be a Game of Thrones fan in Northern Ireland?

With some of the most iconic and recognisable locations from the hit HBO programme on our doorstep to specially designed stamps - Northern Ireland is as Westeros wonder for Game of Thrones fans.

It's home to countless Game of Thrones locations, including Dragonstone, the Haunted Forest and Winterfell, where you can meet direwolves, learn archery on the exact spot as Jon Snow and set sail across the Narrow Sea.

Meanwhile The Dark Hedges, although having a fleeting role in the show, have become synonymous with the franchise with fans flocking there to get their picture taken at the backdrop of the Kingsroad.

Most recently, in the latest part of the tourism campaign, trees which were blown down in Storm Gertrude at the Dark Hedges in Co Antrim have been carved into doors depicting moments inspired by Season 6.

They will be unveiled every week as the highly anticipated Season 6 unfolds.

They will then hang in pubs and other venues near filming locations across Northern Ireland creating a brand new Game Of Thrones fan trail.

The first door is now hanging in The Cuan guest inn in Strangford, whilst the second door is now on display in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry, Co Down.

The film features various locations around Northern Ireland which provide the scenic backdrops for some of the show’s most memorable moments – including Tollymore Forest Park, the Cushendun Caves, Castle Ward, Ballintoy Harbour, The Dark Hedges, Inch Abbey, Audley’s Castle and Strangford Lough.

There will also be exclusive stamps released every episode for use in Northern Ireland.

CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said: "TV and film are recognised as strong influencers on travellers everywhere and the huge popularity of Game of Thrones® is a superb opportunity for us to promote Northern Ireland to a huge audience of potential visitors. Our latest film – showcasing numerous filming locations – will encourage fans to come and experience the real Westeros to see the spectacular mountain, lakes and coastline of Northern Ireland and follow in the footsteps of their favourite villains and heroes."

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