Game of Thrones, the HBO fantasy series that has almost singlehandedly revived Northern Ireland’s tourism industry, is returning to TV screens on 24 April for a sixth season.
Watch the newest trailer here for a peek at what’s to be expected this season:
Tourism Ireland’s Alison Metcalfe told US media outlets: “The impact of HBO and Game of Thrones as a global brand has put Northern Ireland on the map for visitors in a new and compelling way.”
So much so the local tourism body has produced its own Game of Throne-themed guide to the Causeway Coast for fans for the series to find the real-life locations used for many key scenes.
Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is Westeros, Stormlands, Winterfell and King’s Landing.
Interiors are shot at the Titanic Studios in Belfast, where the series’ Iron Throne, fashioned from swords, is kept.
Ballintoy is Lordsport harbour, the canopied road of beeches the small Antrim village of Stranocum, known locally as the Dark Hedges has also become synonymous with the series.
Cushendun’s dark seashore caves featured in Season 2 as the birth place of a monstrous shadow baby.
Larrybane beach, near the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, features frequently while Murlough Bay cove on the Causeway Coast is where Davos was shipwrecked.
16th century Dunluce Castle is the House of Greyjoy. Downhill beach was Dragonstone where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned.
Queen Elizabeth visited Game of Thrones’ Titanic Studios in Belfast, in 2014, but astutely declined to sit on the Iron Throne.
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) April 15, 2016