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If you ask 10 people if they follow Game of Thrones
, at least eight of them would answer ‘yes’. The HBO drama is one of the most successful fantasy TV series to date, well-known for its epic storyline, complex characters, acting, and production values.
Based on the books by George R. R. Martin, despite its gory bloodbaths and violent death scenes, a big chunk of the filming takes place in several stunning locations around Northern Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, and Iceland, that are absolutely peaceful compared to what you see on-screen.
Although we only hear of Korean drama fans flocking to South Korea to step into their favourite drama scenes, we seldom hear of similar results from Western productions. But this is not the case for Game of Thrones.
The land of ice and fire has reportedly contributed to a boost in Northern Ireland’s tourism thanks to diehard GoT
fans flying to the country to visit the dramatic landscapes of the Seven Kingdoms.
Here are some of the most notable filming locations in Northern Ireland:
The Castle Ward towers transformed into Winterfell, the capital of the North.
Fans would recognise the Dark Hedges as the Kings Road and the Dark Hedges of Armoy.
Ballintoy Harbour is portrayed as the Iron Islands, where Theon meets his long lost sister.
The caves at a place featured as the Stormlands, where Melisandre gave birth to her shadow baby, is found in Cushendun.
Inch Abbey was used in the Riverlands scenes, where Robb Stark's army waits to cross the Trident.
Actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, was spotted filming at Carnlough Harbour for the sixth season.
Are you done gushing over the beautiful scenery? We know you've got a long way to go before the new season premieres and you're probably rewatching the past seasons to fill the void in your heart.
So to help take away the agony of waiting, Astro is giving you a chance to fly to Northern Ireland and walk the grounds of Game of Thrones!
Not only that, you get to go behind the scenes and stay in one of the rooms that some of the actors stayed during the filming
and breathe the same air as your favourite GoT
Wait, there's more! The Game of Thrones
tour is only one out of 20 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime adventures that Astro is giving away to its subscribers in lieu of its 20th anniversary.
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