Everyone knows there's a big slice of Westeros not far from home, and that a lot of the infamous scenes of the HBO and Sky Atlantic smasher Game of Thrones call the countryside of Northern Ireland home.
What some fans didn't know, we'd wager, is that you can get a slice of the series for yourself with a new tour of some of the most beautiful filming locations independently run by Leisure Tours Northern Ireland and Ballygally Castle, a four-star hotel in Northern Ireland's County Antrim.
On the one-night Game of Thrones Tour Package, which starts at £140pp, you'll head out along the Antrim coast, hearing how the Game of Thrones series has used the unique landscape of Northern Ireland throughout filming, seeing where filming took place along the local routes of Sallagh and Glenarm.
On the tour you'll see:
- Carnlough Bay: where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby that kills Renly Baratheon
- Ballycastle: where Theon shares an awkward horse ride with his sister Yara, and the place that Davos is saved after the Battle of Blackwater
- Ballintoy Harbour: the home of the Iron Islands
The hotel has also gone the whole hog with its food experiences, and offers a themed banquet and afternoon tea (we'll have the Dothraki trifle, if you're asking), as well as a Westeros tomahawk steak served with a Valyrian steel-style carving knife. Is it winter yet?
Hastings Hotels offers nightly rates at Ballygally Castle from £75 per person on a B&B basis. For more information and to book go to hastingshotels.com/ballygally-castle or call 028 2858 1066