Over the last 7 seasons of the filming of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, the Tourist Boards in both the North and South have gone the extra mile to promote Northern Ireland as ‘Game of Thrones Territory’. With PR stunts such as dragon eggs in St George’s Market, frozen water fountains at Custom House Square and strategically placed ravens, they’ve done an excellent job.
Last year saw the magnificent Doors of Thrones campaign – in which trees that had fallen during Storm Doris at the Dark Hedges were made into ornate doors depicting scenes from each episode of season 6 and placed into bars and restaurants near filming locations across NI. You can see my blog on the locations here.
This year we are treated to the Game of Thrones Tapestry, a 77 metre long bayeux-style tapestry depicting key scenes from the last six seasons of Game of Thrones from the beheading of Ned Stark to the landing of Daenerys in Dragonstone and everything in between. Wound around a dedicated room in the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the tapestry was hand woven at Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, one of the last linen mills in Northern Ireland and supplier of some of the fabrics used in Game of Thrones. Each week an additional section of tapestry will be created and revealed at the museum. Fans can also visit Tourism Ireland’s dedicated interactive micro-site Ireland.com/tapestry to view the tapestry and click on sections to see where some of these scenes were filmed.
The Game of Thrones Tapestry
On the day of launch I headed down to the Ulster Museum to visit the tapestry and was not disappointed. On the top floor in the art section the Tapestry sits in a darkened room to preserve the fabric and the vividness of the embroidery.
Key scenes from Game of Thrones
Taking you step by step through all the key scenes from where it all began…
Through to some of the most iconic moments to where we are now…
The Red Wedding.
You know nothing Jon Snow.
A girl has a name and it’s Arya, don’t you forget it.
Don’t, just don’t.
Come at me bro.
My personal favourite…
The Tourist Board have been nice enough to add a couple of little nods along the way including the door on entry…
(it’s still too soon).
There is space for more tapestry to be designed, created and placed each week following the episode to continue the story throughout Season 7 and I can’t wait to see what happens.