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Game of Thrones bid to boost Hadrian’s Wall visits

Game of Thrones bid to boost Hadrian’s Wall visits

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Image caption Game of Thrones is due to return for its eighth season in April

Heritage bosses hope the popularity of Game of Thrones will inspire more people to visit Hadrian’s Wall.

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They say since the popular TV show started in 2011 visitors have asked about similarities between its giant ice wall and the Roman Wall.

Author George RR Martin has said he came up with his creation while visiting Hadrian’s Wall.

Watchers on the Wall will be stationed along the wall to answer questions about it and Game of Thrones.

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 The Watchers reference the Night’s Watch guardsmen from Game of Thrones

The watchers, who are all Game of Thrones fans and English Heritage staff, will wear black cloaks and carry shields, with the designs based on the four main houses in the TV show.

They are a reference to the Night’s Watch guardsmen – a military order which guards the wall, which stretches 100 leagues (300 miles) along the northern border of seven kingdoms and is made of solid ice.

English Heritage said other similarities were the oath taken by the Night’s Watch, forbidding them to marry or to father children, similar to what was originally expected of the Roman soldiers.

Game of Thrones is HBO’s most popular ever TV series.

It has won multiple Emmy awards and drawn tens of millions of viewers worldwide.

The show is based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels.

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Fans of his books been waiting for about eight years for The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the epic series that began with A Game of Thrones in 1996.

A trailer for season eight was released in January, the first glimpse of new material since 2017.

Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire and runs 73 miles (117km) between Wallsend in North Tyneside and Bowness on Solway in Cumbria.

The watchers will be able to answer questions about Hadrian’s Wall and also about Game of Thrones, particularly how the Roman Wall inspired Martin’s books.

An English Heritage spokeswoman said: “We would love it if the story and programme inspired more people to come and see the wall for themselves.”

The watchers will be at Birdoswald Roman Fort, in Cumbria, and Corbridge Roman Town, Housesteads Roman Fort and Chesters Roman Fort, all in Northumberland, from this week until the final series, which starts in April, and ends later this year.

Millions of fans are desperate to discover who will finally sit on the Iron Throne, and rule the fantasy land of Westeros.

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Game of Thrones star Iain Glen helps to launch redesign of Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

A twenty-five million pound campaign to help pay for a radical overhaul of part of Princes Street Gardens has been launched with the support of Game of Thrones star Iain Glen.

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The Edinburgh-born actor has recorded a voice-over for an animated film which has been unveiled to coincide with the kick-starting of at least three years of fundraising. The Quaich Project.

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, castle tours
Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Quaich Project, as the revamp will be known from today, will create a new arena for open-air concerts and events in West Princes Street Gardens, replacing the existing Ross Bandstand at the heart of “a landmark space that makes a clear statement as a welcoming, diverse, historic and forward-thinking destination”. Named after Scotland’s traditional cup of friendship, the new identity is said to have been inspired by the bowl-shaped topography of the gardens, which host the fireworks finale of the Edinburgh International Festival and the centrepiece concert of the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. The Ross Development Trust, which was created by former Edinburgh Playhouse owner Norman Springford after he offered to help pay for a new venue, said the planned overhaul would make the gardens “truly world class”. Mr Springford, who has offered to pay £5 million towards the cost of The Quaich, declared: “Our ambition is to create a space that says something about us as a nation – a place we can all be proud of.” As it will look after the transformation The trust, which says it wants to “bring people together in new ways to celebrate one of Scotland’s finest green spaces,” hopes there will be a hike in the number of people using the gardens, by opening up the area currently occupied by the bandstand for daily use, as well as overhauling the wider landscape. The campaign and brand have been developed by The Edinburgh-based advertising and design agency The Lane, whose previous clients include Edinburgh Airport, 
ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne, biscuit manufacturer Border and Scottish dairy firm Graham’s.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/game-of-thrones-star-launches-25m-princes-street-gardens-transformation-project-1-4893077

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Game of Thrones whisky

Winter is here, and so is a special type of Scotch to warm your bones. In November, the popular Johnnie Walker whisky brand announced its release of a limited edition, Game of Thrones-themed beverage. The Scotch – named “White Walker” after the supernatural foes in the HBO fantasy series – is made of a blend of single malts from the Cardhu and Clynelish distilleries.

Doune castle is Castle leoch in Outlander , home of Colum Mackenzie’s clan. Most of the filming of Outlander takes place in Scotland,  according to the show's executive producer Ron Moore .   Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema. The show is based on American author Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical novels, which sees nurse Claire Beauchamp Randell mysteriously swept back from 1945 to 1743 Highland Scotland where rebellion and romance are afoot.  Executive Producer Ron Moore has commented on Scotland : “The landscape itself is a character in the show. There’s a particular quality to the light in Scotland, even to the grass and the trees.”  Outlander season 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the first half of 2016
Doune castle is Castle leoch in Outlander , home of Colum Mackenzie’s clan.
Most of the filming of Outlander takes place in Scotland,  according to the show’s executive producer Ron Moore . 
Scotland’s stunning landscape, with its rolling hills, rugged mountains, picturesque towns and villages, castles and sprawling beaches has provided the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema.

Appropriately, both distilleries are situated in northern Scotland, known for its harsh winters. The Scotch is meant to honour Game of Thrones’ final season, expected to air in early 2019.

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Game of Thrones Castle tours

Doune Castle is Winterfell in Game of Thrones and featured in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Visit Doune Castle on a unique private tour of the Game of Thrones Castle in Scotland – Winterfell .  Check availability by phoning us now on 07305-294773 or contact us online . Toll free number 1-866-233-2644.

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Good news for Game of Thrones fans ! Our Game of Thrones tours now run twice a day with a 10 am and 2.30 pm start . Book now on 07305-294773

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Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.

The Game of Thrones castle private tour starts at 10 am 2.30 pm and it includes a transfer from Edinburgh to Doune , a driver/guide , a stay of about an hour at the castle plus a return to Edinburgh .
Your guide will give details of the history of the castle , information about the Game of Thrones filming plus all the other films made at Doune Castle including Monty Python and the Holy Grail .

Behind the scenes access

Visitors to the castle can get details about Game of Thrones filming in the Great Hall and courtyard of the castle .

Insider access

Take the audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Outlander’s Jamie Fraser ( Sam Heughan ) .

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The castle was used as the set for Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–present), an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin. The castle was also used as  “Castle Leoch” in the TV adaption of the Outlander series of novels.

The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.

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The hall is accessed from the courtyard via a stair up to a triangular lobby, which in turn links the hall and kitchens by means of two large serving hatches with elliptical arches, unusual for this period. The kitchen tower, virtually a tower house in its own right, is 17 metres (56 ft) by 8 metres (26 ft). The vaulted kitchen is on the hall level, above a cellar. One of the best-appointed castle kitchens in Scotland of its date, it has an oven and a 5.5-metre (18 ft) wide fireplace. A stair turret, added in 1581 and possibly replacing a timber stair, leads up from the lobby to two storeys of guest rooms. These include the “Royal Apartments”, a suite of two bedrooms plus an audience chamber, suitable for royal visitors.

  • Doune Castle is unique in that it actually has five claims to movie fame
  • Game of Thrones
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  •  Outlander
  • the Outlaw King
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Doune Castle has featured in several literary works, including the 17th-century ballad, “The Bonny Earl of Murray”, which relates the murder of James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, by the Earl of Huntly, in 1592. In Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley (1814), the protagonist Edward Waverley is brought to Doune Castle by the Jacobites. Scott’s romantic novel describes the “gloomy yet picturesque structure”, with its “half-ruined turrets”.

The castle was used as a location in MGM’s 1952 historical film Ivanhoe which featured Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor. The BBC adaptation of “Ivanhoe” in 1996 also featured Doune as a location.

Game of Thrones Castle tour costs £180

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