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The Game of Thrones Tapestry at Ulster Museum

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April 7, 2019

During our visit to Belfast we spent a couple of days exploring the city and everything it had to offer, including Titanic Museum, W5 Discovery Centre, Crumlin Road Gaol and HMS Caroline.

The final museum on our list was Ulster Museum, which is situated right in the heart of the university area of south Belfast.

Ulster Museum is a treasure trove of collections of art, history and natural sciences. There is a large section devoted to the troubles, but although Hubby and I were interested, the kids found it boring and wanted to move on.

Although there are a couple of interactive discovery zones dotted around the museum for families, we found that the museum was more of a look, but don’t touch place, which wasn’t enough to keep the kids interested for long.

The one part of the Museum they were fascinated by was their famous Mummy, Takabuti.

They learned that natron salt, sweet smelling spices, resins, oils and linen bandages were used to preserve the body without which the soul could not achieve immortality in the Egyptian beliefs.

Much of our break in Northern Ireland was finding locations for the show Games of Thrones and on the top floor of the museum is the Game of Thrones Tapestry.

The Game of Thrones Tapestry is a hand-woven tapestry which currently stands at 66 metres long and once finished, it will be longer than its inspiration, the Bayeux Tapestry, at 77 metres.

This incredible wall hanging brings to life the key events, locations and story of one of the most popular television series of all time and is a must see for any Game of Thrones fan.

I love the little touches around the artwork too, with signs reading things like “Please do not touch, Littlefingers can cause lots of damage” and “Please do not touch, offenders will be sent to the Wall

Our only disappointment is that we won’t get to see the final 11 metres of work from the new series, but it will be an excuse to re-visit.

The Ulster Museum is free to enter, however, I would advise planning a visit with kids on one of their family days, so there is more for them to get involved with.

Have you visited Ulster Museum?

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    Micaela Levachyov

    April 7, 2019

    This is so funny, I had no idea that there was such a thing. I’ve seen a reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry but this is something else.

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    April 7, 2019

    I haven’t visited, no, but it definitely looks like somewhere I’d enjoy. I’d love to see that Game of Thrones tapestry for myself.

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    Samantha

    April 7, 2019

    I went to Belfast around 8 years ago, but I’d love to go back some day and explore more of Northern Ireland. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan so I’ll need to add this to my list!

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    Lewis | Lewisherelewisthere

    April 8, 2019

    I’ve been to Belfast but we missed this beauty somehow? I love Game of Thrones – the ‘little finger’ and ‘the wall’ references would have been enough to make my day!

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    Laura Dove

    April 8, 2019

    Your posts are really making me want to visit Belfast! There is so much to do, this looks like fun!

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    Anosa

    April 8, 2019

    I am not one for anything mummy related after watching the movies but Takabuti has me intrigued too. Definitely adding Ulster museum to our itinerary.

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    Holly

    April 8, 2019

    Oh wow! That Game of Thrones tapestry is AMAZING! A definite must see for any GoT fan. What a way to get excited about the new series!

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    Olivia Jade

    April 8, 2019

    The Game Of Thrones tapestry looks insane. I’ve heard of the Bayeux Tapestry before and think it’s incredible how people back then managed to make it. I hope they do add to it for the final series x

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    fashionandstylepolice

    April 9, 2019

    We have not been to this museum yet. Looks great.

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    Neha

    April 9, 2019

    Belfast sounds like such a beautiful place and you sure have got enough on here to make me plan a trip

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    Kirsty

    April 9, 2019

    It’s a shame that the kids weren’t able to their interest for long but as a huge game of thrones fan I would be thrilled to see the tapestry. The colours and detail is incredible. A perfect excuse to go back to see it finished after the final season airs.

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    Serin Quinn

    April 9, 2019

    That tapestry is amazing! And looks like a great museum!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    April 10, 2019

    How amazing is that tapestry? We have been rewatching the GoT series in preparation for the last series

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    Jen

    April 11, 2019

    I’m so glad I read this! We’re going to Belfast in May and had no idea about this! We’ll add it to the list!

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    Melanie williams

    April 11, 2019

    You love your museums just as much as we do. Ideal for a fun day out xx

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