Wednesday 26 October 2016

New Game of Thrones app highlights Northern Irish filming locations

Wild Westeros

Published 04/04/2016 | 13:52

The dark hedges in Co Antrim
The dark hedges in Co Antrim
Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim featured as the Iron Islands in Game of Thrones
Daenerys Targaryen wed Khal Drogo beside Gozo's Azure Window

Northern Ireland Screen has launched a Game of Thrones locations app as Series 6 of the series approaches.

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The interactive app, available for free on Google Play and iTunes, will guide fans to publicly accessible locations used in the HBO drama.

21 locations from Seasons 1-5 are featured, including the Dark Hedges in Co. Antrim, Ballintoy Harbour, Tollymore Forest and Portstewart Strand. Detailed scene information and 360-degree, panoramic photos are also included.

Northern Ireland Screen is the lead, government-backed agency for Northern Ireland's film, TV and digital content industry.

The locations app was developed by Northern Ireland studio, The Design Zoo, and plans for further development are in place.

Game of Thrones has now become a huge part of Northern Ireland culture and we know the appetite for information about the show is vast around the world," said Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen.

Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim featured as the Iron Islands in Game of Thrones
Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim featured as the Iron Islands in Game of Thrones

"We hope that the app will allow visitors and fans of Game of Thrones to see the massive part the Northern Ireland landscape plays in the series.”

Up to 35pc of tourists are impacted in their choice of destination by what they see on screen, according to Tourism Ireland - which has run extensive marketing campaigns around Game of Thrones and Star Wars, filmed in part on the Skelligs.

Tourism Northern Ireland has also developed an online guide to "the real world of Westeros in Northern Ireland", while other tourism experiences range from coach and cycling tours to a Game of Thrones Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle Hotel.

Treats on that menu (£22/€27.50) range from 'Hodor's pulled pork brioche' to 'Winterfell Jaffa Cake with Stark's Chocolate Cake Pops'.

GoT Season 6 is scheduled to air on HBO in the US from 9pm (EST) on Sunday 24 April. Sky Atlantic in UK & Ireland will premiere the first episode at the same time, 2am (GMT) on 25 April and in its usual 9pm Monday night slot.

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