Categories: TV & Film

The Game of Thrones® tapestry is back in the Ulster Museum between 24 June until 25 September. Measuring 87 metres in length and telling the story of Game of Thrones® from Seasons One to Eight, this Bayeux-style tapestry has returned to the leafy Queen's Quarter of Belfast. Last seen in 2019, this beautiful hand stitched tapestry is an incredible feat of creativity and skill. 

Housed in the Ulster Museum, one of Northern Ireland's most loved attractions, this building is home to many significant and ancient artefacts, including an Egyptian mummy. The upper floors are spacious art galleries, showcasing classic and modern masterpieces from renowned artists. And it's on these upper floors where something else spectacular is housed, the 87-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.
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 the final two seasons (7 & 8) played out on our screens, they were added onto the tapestry, bringing the story to a close. The length of the tapestry is such that it is one of the longest in the world and one of the largest textile objects ever displayed in the Ulster Museum.

Take a closer look and you'll spot the incredible level of detail that has been achieved through hand embellishment. A small army of enthusiastic stitchers (300 nimble fingers fuelled by regular intakes of coffee) worked tirelessly to add embroidered highlights, including golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold blue White Walkers and jet black crows. 

Continue on your adventure Thronie ...

There's lots more Game of Thrones® related fun to be had once you've finished at the museum. We recommend that you check out the nearby Glass of Thrones Walking Trail, as well as the official Game of Thrones® Studio Tour in Banbridge and make sure to pickup a Doors Passport, which is stamped each time you visit a location on the incredible "Doors of Thrones" trail. The Journey of Doors is made up of 10 hand-carved doors built from iconic Dark Hedges trees, each of which tells a story from each episode of Season 6.

If you want to explore what's on the doorstep of the museum, venture outside its doors and in to the beautifully kept Botanic Gardens. There's beautiful lawns perfect for a well deserved rest, as well as extensive rose gardens and a Palm House - a large glass house packed with exotic plants and trees, built in the 1800s. The Tropical Ravine is a listed building which dates back to 1887, and has been restored with many of its original Victorian features reinstated and preserved.

Further afield in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, you'll find the Dark Horse pub with a surprise for Game of Thrones® fans, and the area in general is a hub for foodies and those looking to soak up Belfast's nightlife, with plenty of incredible restaurants and lively bars to choose from.

Building out your trip...

Extend your stay into a short break, by booking a room in one of Belfast's top hotels. Within walking distance of the Ulster Museum you'll find The Malone (4*), and a short walk towards the heart of the city centre takes you to the doors of the Europa Hotel (4*), Ten Square (4*) or Fitzwilliam Hotel (5*), to name a few.

Ulster Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Ulster Museum

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour
Game of Thrones Experiences
See how it all began, from script to screen at Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

Created in official partnership with Warner Bros., the world’s first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour has arrived in Northern Ireland.   Located at the authentic filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, County Down, Game of Thrones Studio Tour invites you to experience the world of Game of Thrones like never before.

Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House
Public Park
Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House

First established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s.

Dark Horse
Café
Dark Horse

The Dark Horse is a European style coffee house nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area of the Cathedral Quarter. Available for private hire Thursday - Saturday.

Duke of York
Pub / Nightclub
Duke of York

Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour.

The Malone
Hotel
The Malone

You'll love the tradition, tranquillity, elegance and warmth of our Victorian townhouse hotel, set in the leafy avenues of the University Quarter and opening on to fashionable streets of Lisburn and Malone Road, 10 min away from Belfast city centre.

Europa Hotel
Hotel
Outside front of hotel

World famous 4* Europa Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, close to many top attractions. Beautifully restored, this popular international hotel offers spacious elegance and has been the choice of President Bill Clinton.

Ten Square Hotel
Hotel
Ten Square Hotel

An iconic landmark on the landscape of Central Belfast hospitality, Ten Square is the very definition of chic, city centre boutique accommodation - the unique blend of understated style, refined atmosphere & perfect location, ensure a memorable stay.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Sleep in one of our 146 elegantly designed guestrooms. Cocoon yourself in sumptuous surroundings and create your own oasis of comfort. Warm American walnut walkways ease you into your personal sanctuary.