You’ve GoT to Visit the Shores of Strangford Lough
When Storm Gertrude blew over the trees along Northern Irelands Dark Hedges (that are better known to Game of Thrones® fans as the ‘Kingsroad’), Tourism Northern Ireland decided to save that piece of history for the fans.
With the fallen wood we carved it into 10 intricate doors that are now hung across a variety of locations in Northern Ireland, each once telling the story of a season 6 episode.
Ards and North Down are proud to be home to one of the Doors in Portaferry, Fiddler’s Green, Co. Down. Famous for its character and charm, Fiddler’s Green is both a pub and B&B in the central square of the historic small town of Portaferry.
Let your adventure begin in the breath taking region of Strangford Lough (AKA The Narrow Sea) and retrace the steps of the Stark family and Jon Snow. With varied opportunities to take in the Game of Throne film locations from walking or cycling trails to boat trips, the choice is yours.
Two of the famed ‘Doors’ are in local pubs here, and with the quaint ferry journey you can easily visit both and sample the hospitality of the Fiddlers Green, Portaferry, and The Cuan Guest House, Strangford, and perhaps even stay a while in the accommodation on offer. Strangford village is home to Castle Ward which was used as a filming location and home of Winterfell, the backdrop for much of season one and where you will find the Whispering Wood and Robb Stark’s Camp. For a captivating experience book onto one of Clearsky Adventures tours and dress up in costume, step into the set and stand exactly where the characters Jon Snow, Robb or Bran Stark stood and perhaps even meet the Dire Wolves.
While in Portaferry be sure to visit Aquarium Exporis with many new exhibitions, launching on 15th August or simply take it easy enjoying an ice-cream and leisurely stroll in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Experience it all, just a short drive away! There is a lot on offer to keep you busy; drop into Ards. Downpatrick or Portaferry Visitor Information Centres for ideas on what to see and do, directions, accommodation information and tickets.
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For more information on Game of Thrones® in Northern Ireland, and of the 'Journey of Doors', visit discovernorthernireland.com
Enjoy the journey with the App that is now available to download: The App includes an interactive map allows users to flip between the mythical worlds of Westeros and Essos and the stunning Northern Ireland filming locations and guides fans to the 10 doors and 25 publicly accessible locations used in Seasons 1-6, showcasing the incredible scenes that were filmed at these places.
The App, developed by Northern Ireland Screen with funding from Tourism Northern Ireland, is free to download.