Discover the Game of Thrones® tapestry at the Ulster Museum
Published January 25, 2019
Introducing the Game of Thrones® tapestry which is back in the Ulster Museum until the end of July 2019. Measuring over 90 metres in length and telling the story of Game of Thrones® from Seasons 1-8, this Bayeux-style tapestry is back.
Game of Thrones® tapestry
Found in the leafy Queen's Quarter of Belfast, the Ulster Museum is one of Northern Ireland's most loved attractions.
It's home to many significant and ancient artefacts including an Egyptian mummy. The upper floors are spacious art galleries, decorated with classic and modern masterpieces from renowned Irish artists. And it's on these upper floors where something spectactular is housed - the over 90-metre long Game of Thrones® tapestry.
Weaving has arrived...
Made from local linen supplied by Thomas Ferguson's in Banbridge in County Down, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland, this enormous tapestry brings to life the Game of Thrones® story so far.
Thread by thread, visitors can relive the trials and tribulations of the show’s characters and its most famous scenes, including the Red Wedding and Hardhome.
Initially, the tapestry depicted Seasons 1 to 6, but as Seasons 7 and 8 were shown on our screens, so they were sown onto the tapestry, making it one of the longest in the world and the largest textile object ever displayed in the Ulster Museum.
Look closely at the tapestry and you'll see hand embellishment. A small army of enthusiastic stitchers (300 nimble fingers fuelled by regular intakes of coffee, to be exact) worked tirelessly to add embroidered highlights - golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold blue White Walkers and jet black crows.
Beyond the museum...
Photo: National Museums Northern Ireland
Venture outside of the Ulster Museum and into the beautifully kept Botanic Gardens.
Relax on the lawns or take a stroll through the extensive rose garden and Palm House - a large glass house packed with exotic plants and trees, built in the 1800s. The Tropical Ravine has had a major transformation and the listed building which dates back to 1887, has been restored with many of its original Victorian features reinstated and preserved.
Further afield in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, a visit to the Dark Horse is a must for any fan. Here you can view the tenth door in the Game of Thrones® doors series, receive a stamp in your souvenir Game of Thrones® passport, as well as getting a bite of lunch.
Located on the cobbled street of Commerical Court, the Dark Horse finds itself in a very photogenic courtyard. Opposite the Duke of York pub, the walls are littered with memorabilia, hanging baskets and murals.
The surrounding area is a hub for keen foodies and those looking to soak up Belfast's nightlife with plenty of lively restaurants and bars to choose from.
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Wake up refreshed the following morning and after indulging in an Ulster Fry for breakfast, why not head towards Cultra in County Down, just north of Belfast, to explore the Ulster Folk Museum or the Ulster Transport Museum.
Sisters to the Ulster Museum, these two distinct museums have lots to discover. The Transport Museum is home to a magnificent and varied transport collection including steam trains and vintage cars, whilst outside, life as it was 100 years ago is brought to life through costumed guides living and working in a typical early 20th century town at the Folk Museum.
Look out for Ballydugan Weaver’s Cottage at the Ulster Folk Museum. Here you can learn more about Northern Ireland's historic connection to linen and textiles. The cottage is the setting for regular demonstrations of hand weaving of linen on an early 1900s draw loom, and also houses an impressive jacquard loom for hand weaving.
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