Tourism Ireland’s handmade Game of Thrones tapestry has gone on display in Bayeux, Normandy, as of 13th September.
The tapestry will be exhibited in the Hôtel du Doyen in Bayeux, within walking distance of the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, itself a key source of inspiration for the Game of Thrones design. The Hôtel du Doyen housed the Bayeux Tapestry from after World War II until 1982, when it was transferred to the seminary where is still hangs.
The exhibition is open from Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm, until 31st December 2019.
Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones tapestry was created in 2017 in conjunction with HBO and National Museums Northern Ireland, and features some of the most memorable scenes from season one to season seven. After the final episode of season eight aired earlier this year, a team of 30 volunteer stitchers completed the final section of the tapestry. It is now 87 metres long.
To mark the opening day of the exhibition, Tourism Ireland organised a press conference and Northern Ireland showcase event in Bayeux with more than 40 French and international journalists in attendance.
Guests at the event experienced a Taste of Northern Ireland showcase, presented by Northern Ireland cookbook author and one of France’s most celebrated food writers, Trish Deseine. At the showcase they sampled Northern Irish produce, including Glenarm Organic Salmon and charcuterie from Broughgammon Farm. They also listened to representatives from some of Northern Ireland’s best known tourist attractions, including Titanci Belfast and the Ulster Museum.
“The phenomenal popularity of Game of Thrones remains a fantastic opportunity to promote Northern Ireland to a huge audience of prospective visitors around the world,” said Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland’s Central Marketing Director. “Record numbers of fans travelled from all over the world to Northern Ireland last year, to visit their favourite locations from the TV show and spent an unprecedented £50m (around €56m) during their stay.”