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A scene from Game of Thrones
A scene from Game of Thrones
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell; and John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI, examining the intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode one of series six, at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones campaign. Pic – William Cherry/Presseye
The intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which will hang in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which will hang in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which will hang in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry, Co Down. Pic – Tourism Ireland
Photo by William Cherry/ Press Eye Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland, with Tracy McCarthy, proprietor of Fiddler’s Green pub and B&B and Darragh Mallon, Bar Supervisor, beside the intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which is hanging in Fiddler’s Green.
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By Pól Ó Conghaile

Fancy a sojourn through the Seven Kingdoms? Northern Ireland's new 'Journey of Doors' passport will whisk you away to Westeros in no time.

The Game of Thrones wheeze, similar to the Wild Atlantic Way passport, features locations at which fans of the show can collect unique stamps.

The 10 bars and restaurants all contain wooden doors carved with scenes inspired by the smash hit HBO series, Season 7 of which is set to air this July.

Fittingly, the 'Doors of Thrones' all come from trees blown down in Storm Gertrude last year at the Dark Hedges in Co. Antrim, one of the show's most iconic locations.

You can pick a passport up at the 10 pubs and restaurants, at Visitor Information Centres across Northern Ireland, or online here.

Game of Thrones Door Locations:

  • The Cuan, Strangford, Co. Down
     
  • Fiddler's Green, Portaferry, Co. Down
     
  • Percy French, Newcastle, Co. Down
     
  • Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
     
  • Owens, Limavaddy
     
  • Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim
     
  • Gracehill House, Stranocum, Co. Antrim
     
  • Mary McBride's, Cushenden, Co. Antrim
     
  • Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Co. Antrim
     
  • The Dark Horse, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Since it first aired in 2011, Game of Thrones has not just been a smash TV hit, but has driven fans in droves to its filming locations - ranging from the walled city of Dubrovnik in Croatia to the epic volcanic landscapes of Iceland.

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A huge portion of the series is filmed in Northern Ireland, at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, and outdoors at 25 locations... and counting.

Most famous are the Dark Hedges at Ballymoney (the Kingsroad, in the series), Ballintoy Harbour (the Iron Islands) and the 820-acre Castle Ward estate on Strangford Lough, the setting for Winterfell (home of the honourable Starks).

Game of Thrones film location - Stranocum Dark Hedges - Ballymoney
Game of Thrones film location - Stranocum Dark Hedges - Ballymoney
Game of Thrones Film Location - Iron Islands - Ballintoy
Game of Thrones Film Location - Dragonstone Mussenden Temple
The Dark Hedges lining the Bregagh Road in Co Antrim
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The Cushendun Caves
Murlough Nature Reserve
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Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy, during filming at Ballintoy
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Businesses have been quick to cash in on the phenomenon - offering Game of Thrones bus tours, self-guided cycles, medieval banquets, sea safaris, archery experiences, and even afternoon tea featuring Dothraki trifle with mini dragon's eggs.

You'll find the latter at Ballygally Castle Hotel in Larne.

Tourism Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland have been on the ball in drawing a connection between the filming locations and landscapes, too.

The intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which will hang in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry.
Pic – Tourism Ireland
The intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which will hang in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The intricately carved door which depicts scenes from episode two of series six – a feature of Tourism Ireland’s new Game of Thrones® campaign – which will hang in Fiddler’s Green bar and B&B in Portaferry, Co Down. Pic – Tourism Ireland

Visitors can download a Game of Thrones filming locations app, and social media-friendly stunts have ranged from three-eyed, animatronic ravens photographed at Belfast City Hall to "true-to-scale" giant’s footprints on Portstewart Strand.

In 2016, the 'Doors of Thrones' campaign reached an estimated 126 million people around the world, generating £11.3/€13.3 million worth of coverage.

Summer is coming, it seems.

Actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark in filming at Carnlough. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark in filming at Carnlough. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who play's Arya Stark pictured getting into the water during filming at Carnlough, in Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Game of Thrones fans, the Preziotti family from Washington D.C, USA walk along Strangford Lough on a Game of Thrones tour trail on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones Winterfell tour instructor William Kells waits for the next tourist group to arrive at Castle ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones Magheramorne quarry film set which doubles as 'Castle Black' on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones tourists take photographs of one another as they visit a beech tree lined road known locally as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones fans are given archery lessons similar to that seen on the television programme on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones tour instructor William Kells prepares to 'behead' a tourist as part of the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Adam Morrison from the Winterfell Tour hangs up Game of Thrones costumes on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Game of Thrones Magheramorne quarry film set which doubles as 'Castle Black' on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones tour instructor William Kells prepares to 'behead' a tourist as part of the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A tour tram drives past the Titanic film studios on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Costumed Game of Thrones fans walk towards Audleys Castle as they enjoy a themed tour trail on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones Winterfell tour instructor William Kells interacts with tourists at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones tourists take photographs of one another as they visit a beech tree lined road known locally as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A Game of Thrones bike trail bicycle awaits the next group of tourists at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A display case featuring some of the costume jewellery used in the Game of Thrones television show as made by Steensons jewellers in Glenarm on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. Steensons jewellers, a local business, make the costume jewellery for characters to wear on screen and are now licensed to sell a replica range of items to the public. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A woman takes a photograph of her son dressed in a Game of Thrones costume at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 13: A Game of Thrones tourist dressed in costume walks along a beech tree lined road known locally as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to recent audited figures from Northern Ireland Screen, the HBO produced fantasy adventure television series Game of Thrones has contributed an estimated £110m to the Northern Ireland economy. Many local companies have profited from providing services during production creating more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in the process. Due to the popularity of the series various locations highlighted on screen have become tourist attractions around the province. The Dark Hedges doubled for the Kings Road in series two and featured major character Arya Stark played by actress Maisie Williams. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A Game of Thrones fan visits a tree lined road known as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Game of Thrones tourists Kevin Recher (L) and Kathrin Trattner (R) from Austria pose for photographs at Audleys Castle on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A close up of a Game of Thrones tour guide's costume and sword in Strangford on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Lead Game of Thrones tour instructor William Kells 'beheads' a tourist as part of the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A Game of Thrones fan takes a 'selfie' beside a plaque at Ballintoy Harbour on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A display case featuring some of the costume jewellery used in the Game of Thrones television show as made by Steensons jewellers in Glenarm on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Game of Thrones film location - Stranocum Dark Hedges - Ballymoney
Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin
Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones season five
Replica of the Game of Thrones dragon eggs
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The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
03rd June 2015 ?William Cherry/Presseye The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfasts Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid. Big things continue to happen around Northern Ireland with Games of Thrones spilling out into the real world, where the hit TV series is filmed. Its all part of Tourism Irelands latest campaign, created in partnership with HBO to showcase Northern Ireland around the world. Over the past few weeks, Tourism Ireland has been organising a series of Game of Thrones-themed stunts with fantastical props from the hit TV series appearing in surprising locations around Belfast and Northern Ireland. Further information: Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland Tel: 07766 527719 Sinead Doyle, MCE Tel: 07912 059230
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
The aftermath of the chaos caused by White Walkers in Belfast's Custom House Square, where the fountains have been frozen solid.
Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the Titanic Studios in Belfast, where they saw the film sets for the TV drama Game of Thrones. Photo: Stefan Rousseau
Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke touch down in Belfast
Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke touch down in Belfast
Filming Game Of Thrones at Magheramorne Quarry
NITB's map of the locations used in Game of Thrones
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, left, in a scene from Game Of Thrones (HBO/AP)
The Game of Thrones ice wall is actually a disused cement works in Co Antrim
Game of Thrones Film Location - Dragonstone Mussenden Temple
Game of Thrones film location - Stranocum Dark Hedges - Ballymoney
Game of Thrones Film Location - Iron Islands - Ballintoy
Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 5
On the map: the hit starring Lena Headey has brought the likes of Ballintoy to a world audience
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 5
Tyrion Lannister in Games of Thrones season 5
Myrcella Baratheon in Game of Thrones season 5
Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones season five
Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Deobia Opaeri as Areo Hotah. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO

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