Discover the Game of Thrones® tapestry at the Ulster Museum
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Published August 1, 2017
Introducing the Game of Thrones® tapestry which was housed in the Ulster Museum until August 2018, and due to make a reappearance in 2019. Measuring 80 metres long and telling the story of Game of Thrones® so far from Seasons 1-7, this Bayeux-style tapestry will be back longer than ever with scenes from Season 8 currently being depicted.
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 and dinosaur skeletons. 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 was housed - the 80-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 Season 7 was shown on our screens, so it was sown onto the tapestry, making it one of the longest in the world and the largest textile object ever displayed in the Ulster Museum.
You can preview the tapestry online here.
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 and Transport Museum.
A sister museum to the Ulster Museum, there are two distinct parts to discover; it's 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.
Look out for Ballydugan Weaver’s Cottage at the Ulster Folk and Transport 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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