Following a worldwide tour of New York, Mexico, Austin, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo, Toronto and Vancouver, Game of Thrones®: The Exhibition arrives in Belfast this week, from the 11-15th June, with thousands of fans expected to visit.
Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect to see at this years exhibition and a guide to visiting the vibrant city of Belfast.
Northern Ireland is a proud host to many of the jaw dropping filming locations and the Game of Thrones® sets are always incredible. The latest display will feature over 100 original artefacts, including costumes, weapons, armour, set miniatures, storyboards and, of course, model dragons.
As with all things Game of Thrones®, there’ll be a few surprises. The exhibition will feature new installations, from pivotal scenes in seasons 1, 2 and 3, plus select pieces and sneak peeks from the fourth season.
3. The exhibition is interactive
Fans will get the chance to explore Kings Landing, sit on the coveted Iron Throne and experience ‘Ascend the Wall’ – an intense virtual reality experience that takes fans into the show and on a journey to the top of the Ice Wall at the new Oculus Rift interactive area.
4. Tour the filming locations
Part of the shows appeal and what has made it so popular with millions of fans are the mesmerising fantasy lands of Westeros which have been brought to life using some of Northern Ireland’s rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking countryside and forests.
Be sure to check out the Game of Thrones® tours where you can explore locations used for Game of Thrones® filming in Northern Ireland, some of the finest scenery nature can offer. Simply a must see for all Game of Thrones® fans!
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Causeway Coast, County Antrim
5. Belfast is the only UK stop
Game of Thrones®: The Exhibition will visit 8 locations around the world including New York, Mexico, Austin, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo, Toronto and Vancouver.
Been to Belfast? A visit to the buzzing city is a must for 2014. No matter what time of year you visit – you’ll find fantastic attractions, pubs & clubs, superb shopping & plenty of entertainment in between.
Titanic Belfast has quickly become one of Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions – and no trip to our big city is complete without a trip to the impressive visitor centre. The Titanic Experience takes visitors on a journey through no fewer than 9 galleries from the late 19th century, right up to the present day.
But that’s not the only Titanic attraction in town…visitors to Belfast can immerse themselves in the entire story and history behind one of the world’s most famous ships. Step on board Titanic’s little sister, the SS Nomadic which has been restored to her former glory, the boat is the last remaining White Star Line vessel and ferried first and second class passengers to Titanic from Cherbourg in 1912.
Find out all about the world famous ship with the Lagan Boat Company on the Titanic Boat Tour. The 1 hour boat trip is filled with interesting facts & gives you some great views of Belfast Harbour.
Another popular stopping off point in the historic Titanic Quarter is the Thompson Dry-Dock and Pump House. Titanic’s last footprint on land, the Thompson Dry Dock was built to accommodate the near 900 feet length of Titanic & Olympic. The largest dry dock in the world at the time, it was here that Titanic was fitted out. Discover the story behind Belfast’s maritime magic at the site of the Thompson Dry-Dock and Pump-House
If you want to explore all the key sights then take in the Titanic Trail and uncover the entire story of the Titanic.
The Belfast City Bike Tour is the ultimate way to see the city. The Belfast Bike tour takes you around the city in style, hop on a California Cruiser and check out the key attractions & sights the city has to offer. The Bike tour is a brilliant way to start your weekend, you’ll find your way around the city and also get to know where some of the hotspots are. The tour is done at a leisurely pace & only costs £15 pp.
Alternatively, give your legs a rest and hop on a Black Taxi Tour where you’ll find out all about the history of Belfast. The tour takes you through the heart of the city, covering the famous murals of Belfast, Queen’s quarter & historic Titanic Quarter.
The Belfast Ghost Tour takes you on a guided journey into the dark shadows and alleyways of haunted Belfast, along its dark walk ways and entries you will hear ghostly tales dragged and dredged from the files of the famous Cloak and Dagger club.
What better way to explore the historic Titanic Quarter if not by foot, but by wheels. The first and only Segway city guided tour in the UK; explore all the sights of this historic area by using these futuristic and amazing machines.
Belfast is famous for it’s vibrant music scene, and for music fans the Belfast Music Tour will take you through the heart of the city. Visit the Duke of York – where Snow Patrol first started out gigging, the historic Ulster Hall where Led Zeppelin first played Stairway to Heaven and many more key venues across the city.
No matter what type of music you’re into – there’s a gig in Belfast for you! Enjoy a trad session in Kelly’s, visit Belfast’s famous Duke of York for a bit of Rock or chill out with some jazz music in the MAC. We have a whole host of live music venues including the Limelight, the Empire & the Oh Yeah Centre where you’ll find plenty of local & international up and coming acts. We’ve also got some big gigs and festivals coming up including Belsonic and Tennents Vital.
No trip to Belfast is complete without a bit of retail therapy and the first stop has got to be Victoria Square – where you’ll find all your favourite brands including Hollister, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Ted Baker, House of Fraser & many more.
We’ve got some stylish independent boutiques too, if you’re a fan of vintage clothes try the Rusty Zip or have a rummage through the treasure trove of goodies in Liberty Blue – where you’ll find unique clothes, jewellery & accessories.
The nightlife and restaurants
A definite highlight to a break in Belfast has got to be it’s cool pubs & clubs. Start your night in the eclectic Cathedral Quarter which is bursting with quirky pubs & buzzing music venues.
You’ll find plenty of cosy corners in the Cathedral Quarter including the Spaniard Bar- a local favourite & a huge choice of great restaurants all within walking distance. Love cocktails? Then pop into Muriel’s for some of their famous Jam Jar Cocktails & if you fancy some live music head on into the Black Box, one Belfast’s alternative music venues.
Make a break of it
If you’re visiting the Game of Thrones Exhibition why not extend your stay and explore more of Belfast with our great value special offers starting from £55* per room.
Belfast is home to some of Northern Ireland’s favourite hotels, bursting with quality and catering for every taste. From the super modern to more classic and chic, there’s something for every budget and need. Splash out with a luxury stay at The Merchant, The Europa, The Fitzwilliam or Radisson Blu. Enjoy a top city break experience at Malmaison, The Hilton, Ten Square, Ramada Encore or the Premier Inn Titanic Quarter.
You can follow the Game of Thrones exhibition on Twitter with the hashtag #GOTExhibit, and you can find out more information on the exhibition by visiting www.gotexhibitionbelfast.com.
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