'Journey of the Doors' – Ballintoy, Northern Ireland - Atlas Obscura
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Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

'Journey of the Doors'

A trail of "Game of Thrones"-themed doors carved from fallen trees from the iconic Dark Hedges. 

For the last decade, Game of Thrones fans have flocked to Northern Ireland, a place with a beautiful countryside worth slaying a dragon for. Though many of the themed attractions that have since popped up can feel a bit gimmicky, the “Journey of the Doors” weaves together enthusiasm for the show with an iconic real-world location.

The unusual trail stretches up Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. The stops along the route reveal spectacular wooden doors tucked within various restaurants and bars.

Each door is near a film location for the show, and features a scene from each episode of season six. A favorite seems to be—perhaps predictably—the one that features dragons (at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy). There’s a special passport for the journey, and you can stamp it at each location.

The doors were all carved from trees that once lined the famous Dark Hedges (or “Kingsroad”) that fell during 2016’s Storm Gertrude. The trees were planted in the 18th century to be an impressive road leading up to Gracehill House. They began to bend and intertwine over the years, creating a creepy natural tunnel. Despite only briefly appearing in Game of Thrones, the tree-lined road has become a tourist favorite.

Know Before You Go

The doors are in busy hotels and pubs, so you might have to be patient to get the perfect photo and your passport stamped. They're a companion to Glass of Thrones, a two-mile trail across Belfast that takes in six huge, free-standing stained glass windows depicting major scenes from each episode of the last Game of Thrones season.

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