‘Game of Thrones’ is to Northern Ireland tourism what ‘Lord of the Rings’ has been to New Zealand.
Belfast: Wielding a replica broadsword, Indian tourist Akshay Mannur duels with friends, re-enacting scenes from ‘Game of Thrones’ on the Northern Ireland pilgrimage trail for devotees of the blockbuster fantasy TV show.
Since the blood and guts series began its rise to prominence in 2011, fans have started to flock to the coastal caves and ruined castles of the British province, where much of the HBO television production was shot.”Every new step is like something new, it’s more than my expectations,” 23-year-old student Mannur marvelled. “It’s a beautiful country. Northern Ireland is just amazing,” he added.