With the seventh and final season of Game of Thrones® announced for 17th July 2017 in the UK, the Hastings Hotels Group in Northern Ireland have put together a Game of Thrones® Tour to celebrate this ever popular and successful TV series. With much of the filming taking place in Belfast and across various locations in Northern Ireland, their fabulous Ballygally Castle is ideally located to explore the Game of Thrones® filming locations and channel your favourite characters. Perched on the tip of the stunning Antrim & Causeway Coastal Route, Ballygally Castle is an exquisite 17th century castle transformed into a luxurious hotel.
Game of Thrones® Tour
In collaboration with Leisure Tours Northern Ireland, Ballygally Castle is offering this unique experience for Game of Thrones® enthusiasts who wish to follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters. Starting with Sallagh Brae, view breath-taking scenes of the Antrim Coast Road, hearing how Game of Thrones® has used this unique landscape throughout filming.
See and hear where filming took place along the local routes of Sallagh and Glenarm and where legends and stories shape the route, as you travel like a King or Queen in a luxury coach. Step off at Carnlough Bay, and dip if you dare, then onward to the Stormlands where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow creature’ who went on to slay Renly Baratheon. Approaching Ballycastle, east of Murlough Bay, the setting for Theon’s unconventional horseback ride with his sister Yara, and the scene where Davos is rescued after the Battle of Blackwater. Ballycastle is the birthplace of Game of Thrones® star Conleth Hill (Varys). With a brief view of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – an iconic crossing that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. While not being used in Game of Thrones®, the bridge is used by local salmon fishermen, many brave tourists and is framed by magnificent headland that provided a backdrop for several scenes. With the opportunity to see three Game of Thrones® Doors on route, then time for a cuppa before arriving at the breath-taking Ballintoy Harbour, the home of the Rugged Iron Islands for Theon’s homecoming scene. Most recently, it is where Lady Melisandre was back to doing what she does best: playing with fire. Back at Ballygally Castle, enjoy a magnificent medieval banquet fit for a King and Queen!
12:00 Arrival at Ballygally Castle Hotel with Game of Thrones® Afternoon Tea
13:00 Departure for Game of Thrones® Tour of the Coast with Leisure Tours NI*
19:00 Return to Ballygally Castle
20:00 Game of Thrones® Banquet
11:00 Check out of hotel
The Game of Thrones® Tour Package starts from £140 per person in a superior room on a B&B basis. Package includes banquet dinner and Game of Thrones® Afternoon Tea. The tour will run on Friday 5th May, Friday 16th June, Friday 11th August and Friday 8th September
For dedicated fans looking to further the Game of Thrones® adventure, Ballygally Castle offer a selection of additional themed experiences:
Game of Thrones® Afternoon Tea
Ballygally offers a very popular Game of Thrones inspired Afternoon Tea, sure to delight fans as well as those who love the indulgence of a delicious afternoon tea. The delectable treats, inspired by the fantasy lands of Winterfell, Iron Islands, Kings Landing or Stormlands, include Lannister egg Rolls, Baratheon Bread, Little Finger Chicken Caesar wraps, Jon Snow Cakes and Dothraki Trifle with mini Dragon’s eggs!
Available daily from 2-5pm for only £22 per person, it’s the perfect way for fans to spend an afternoon. (24 hours notice required for bookings).
Westeros Tomahawk Steak
For an unforgettable dining experience, enthusiasts can enjoy a delicious Westeros Toahawk Steak Dish served with an inspired Valyrian Steel Style Carving Knife. Valyrian Steel is a form of metal that was designed in the days of the mighty Freehold and is extraordinarily sharp and extremely strong. The 20oz salt aged steak has been specially prepared for the hotel by local butchers Carnbrooke Meats in Dromore and is served on a wooden platter with the Valyrian knife. In the award winning TV series, Valyrian steel is one of the few things that can kill White Walkers alongside dragonglass. And as a fan would know since the destruction of Valyria, the majority of the surviving Valyrian steel weapons serve as heirlooms in the various Houses and Great Houses of Westeros making this exceptional dinner one not to miss!
This 20 oz Salt Aged Northern Irish Beef Steak on the Bone, is served with Causeway Chips, Portobello Mushrooms, a Provencale Beef Tomato, Rocket Garnish and choice of Sauce and is priced at £60 for 2 persons.
Game of Thrones® Door 9
Ballygally Castle are proud to be home to the penultimate ‘Door of Thrones’, a campaign initiated by Tourism Ireland. Following the fall of several trees from the iconic Dark Hedges during Storm Gertrude at the start of 2016, Tourism Ireland salvaged the wood from 2 of these magnificent Beech trees and transformed them into 10 ornately carved wooden doors, each depicting moments inspired by the sixth season. The doors were unveiled each week as season six unfolded – referencing key scenes and events from the latest episode and incorporating some of the iconic symbols of the show. These ‘Doors of Thrones’ hang in pubs, restaurants and other venues across Northern Ireland.
Door 9 depicts the famous battle between House Stark and House Bolton in the penultimate episode of Season 6. Carved on this beautiful door are the crests of House Bolton and House Stark, Ramsey Boltons hungry dogs and Winterfell Castle. This glorious door is the entrance to Ballygally Castle’s Garden Restaurant and sits amongst other Game of Thrones® inspired memorabilia.
Hastings Hotels offer nightly rates at Ballygally Castle from £75 per person on a B&B basis.
For further information or to book go to www.hastingshotels.com/ballygally-castle or call 028 2858 1066.
‘This is independently operated by The Ballygally Castle Hotel. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone else associated with Game of Thrones®’.