Officials from the Museums of Bayeux in Normandy – famous for the spectacular Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Norman conquest of England – have been visiting Belfast this week. They spent time in the Ulster Museum, viewing the exhibits and collections. They were particularly interested in the Game of Thrones tapestry – which was, of course, inspired by the iconic Bayeux masterpiece. Pictured are Valerie Wilson and Laura McCorry, both Ulster Museum; Fanny Garbe and Antoine Verney, both Museums of Bayeux; Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland; Kathryn Thomson, Ulster Museum; and Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland.
Tourism Ireland created the 80-metre long Game of Thrones tapestry, which has been on display in the Ulster Museum since last summer – and has become a new tourist attraction and a wonderful celebration of Northern Ireland’s links to the most popular TV show of all time. It has been seen by around 130,000 visitors so far. Created using linen from Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, the Game of Thrones tapestry depicts some of the most memorable and iconic scenes from every episode of the series to date.
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 61,300 jobs.
- In 2017, we welcomed 2.175 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £566 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.