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Winter came, blowing bad fortune into good – Doors of Thrones

In January 2016, Storm Gertrude felled iconic trees along the highway known to Game of Thrones® fans as the Kingsroad. But from the devastation of the Dark Hedges came a bright shining idea that showed our giant spirit to the world. Rather than succumb to Winter, we instead carved the fallen into 10 intricately crafted doors and sent them out across the country for safe keeping. Each tells the story of an episode from Season 6, and they have become an integral part of the Game of Thrones® experience for our army of fans around the world. 

Take the Journey of Doors

We hung 10 pieces of history for fans across ‪a variety of locations in Northern Ireland‬, and this is your opportunity to explore the stunning places that appeared across all seasons of the show. Don’t forget to get your Journey of Doors Passport stamped at each location – a must-have souvenir for all Thronies.  ‬‬‬

Strangford, County Down

Door 1 at The Cuan in Strangford, County Down, portrays the show’s opening title sequence as well as a map of Westeros. It also reminds you of the state of play between the warring Houses at the close of Season 5. 

Portaferry, County Down

Across Door 2 at the Fiddler’s Green in Portaferry, County Down, you will observe the growing conflicts within the Houses of Bolton and Greyjoy. The iconic Kraken rises from the depths at the bottom of the door, while the flayed man of the treacherous House Bolton reigns above all. 

Newcastle, County Down

You might spy a ship’s departure from the Greyjoy-controlled Iron Islands on Door 3 at the Percy French in Newcastle. Below it, a lone direwolf appears above Winterfell, surrounded by signs of looming battle on the horizon. 

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

The dominance of the dragons on Door 4 at Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen accurately echo House Targaryen’s return to power while certain elements also refer to their recent past misfortunes. Above it all keeping a watchful eye is the white falcon of House Arryn.

Limavady, County Londonderry

The dreaded Night King and his followers feature heavily on Door 5 at Owens in Limavady. White Walkers flank him on both sides commanding an army of undead Wights at his back. Below, rests the Stark Sigil entwined in branch and root, preparing for the inevitable attack between the living and the dead. 

Ballintoy, County Antrim

Door 6 at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy champions House Targaryen, specifically, Daenerys’ most aggressive and fearsome dragon, Drogon. It depicts Dothraki stallions in his grasp signifying their allegiance and willingness to follow their Queen across the Narrow Sea.

Cushendun, County Antrim

“Valar morghulis. Valar dohaeris” asserts the centre of Door 8 at Mary McBride's in Cushendun, chronicling Arya Stark’s journey in the free city of Braavos. In the centre rests the Faceless Man Coin that originally brought her to the city. Below that sits Needle, a reference to the final deadly confrontation that leads Arya to her decision to return home to Winterfell.

Ballygally, County Antrim

At Ballygally Castle echoes of the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ - symbols of both House Stark and House Bolton - dominate the penultimate Door 9. Swords and shields litter the door like a bloody battlefield. You’ll see the battle-scarred face of the Stark direwolf dominating over the flayed man below suggesting a House Stark victory, but at a very heavy cost.

Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

The final Door 10 at The Dark Horse in Belfast depicts Westeros’s state of affairs as Season 6 draws to a close. The Lannister lion reigns over the Sept of Baelor, signifying its destruction along with the deaths of hundreds of King’s Landing nobles, including some of House Tyrell and the Faith Militant. The bottom of the door you’ll find Stark and Targaryen sigils, alluding to the revelations about the possible parentage of Jon Snow.

One Door closes, another opens

While you tour Northern Ireland on your Journey of Doors, keep an eye out for the Glass of Thrones walking trail and 26 Game of Thrones® filming locations open up for exploration by you. Keep your Filming Locations app at the ready to find out what scenes were filmed nearby (available to download from the app store).

The Cuan Restaurant
Restaurant
The Cuan Facade

The success of The Cuan has been built on consistently serving excellent food and drink coupled with exceptional customer service. A strong emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and sourcing our produce locally. Stay over in our bedrooms.

Fiddlers Green B&B
Bed & Breakfast
Fiddlers Green B&B

The pub and upmarket bed and breakfast, called Fiddler's Green, is situated in the central square of the historic and attractive small town of Portaferry within a stone's throw of the ancient castle.

Percy French
Restaurant
Percy French

For that more informal style of meal or drink why not visit The Percy French restaurant resting at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, in the grounds of the Slieve Donard Resort. At The Percy French you are greeted with a smile and log burning fires.

Blakes Of The Hollow
Pub / Nightclub
Blakes Of The Hollow

Renowned for its traditional Irish heritage, Blakes of the Hollow Is one of the most famous and well recognised Victorian pubs in Ireland. It is a must see attraction which has graced Co. Fermanagh’s shores for over 125 years.

Owens
Pub / Nightclub
Owens

Established in 1852, this award winning Limavady pub retains all the charm and character of the way a traditional pub should be.

Fullerton Arms
Guest House
Fullerton Arms

A favourite stop off for tourists and locals alike. You'll find a tasty selection of food and drinks, stunning bedrooms, friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and handy tips on exploring the nearby area.

Mary McBride's
Bar
Mary McBride's

Mary's is a traditional Irish pub with lots of history and stories to be told. Come along and enjoy a homemade meal and a pint of Guinness. Our menu offers something for everyone whether it's our steak and Guinness pie or our delicious cock and bull.

Ballygally Castle Hotel
Hotel
Ballygally Castle Northern Ireland Causeway Coastal Route

The Ballygally Castle Hotel faces the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay. The Castle dates back to 1625 and is unique in that it is the only 17th Century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland.

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.