French journalists visit fantastique Thrones locations

French journalists visit fantastique Thrones locations

27 February 2019

FRENCH travel journalists and bloggers have visited popular beauty spots in Co Down connected with the blockbuster Game of Thrones TV series. 

Some of France’s top media writers, who have a combined following of over six million people, were invited by Tourism NI to spend a few days visiting Tollymore Forest, Inch Abbey and Castle Ward, among others, recently. 

The fantasy epic has gained a cult following around the world in recent years and some of the locations used in the shooting of the series include Castle Ward and the nearby Audley’s Castle, which dates from the 15th century. 

The journalists also stopped off at Cushendun, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland Manager said: “The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will air this spring, so we are taking every opportunity to highlight Northern Ireland as the ‘Home of Thrones’ to fans in France and elsewhere around the world. 

“The visit of these top French travel writers and bloggers is an excellent opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to a wide audience of fans and holidaymakers. 

“Their articles, posts and photos will be seen and shared by their readers and online followers, inspiring them to come and explore Northern Ireland for themselves.

She added: “Tourism Ireland undertakes a busy publicity programme around the world each year to raise the profile of Northern Ireland – and visits by journalists and social influencers are a key element of that programme.”

Game of Thrones fever is on the rise once again, with anticipation mounting among fans everywhere about the long-awaited final season, which is set to begin in April.