From the award-winning Game of Thrones, to the eagerly-anticipated Blandings, Ireland provides the backdrop to some of this year’s best films and television programmes.
With return flights starting from £40, why not recreate your favourite scene with these fantastic deals at filming locations across Ireland?
Game of Thrones
Filmed in Northern Ireland, the popular fantasy series has wowed audiences across the world with its stunning backdrops. One iconic filming location is Shane’s Castle, built on the north-east shores of Lough Neagh near Randalstown, County Antrim. The grounds of Shane’s Castle were used heavily in the filming of the pilot and were the location of the tournament scene.
Deal: Dunsilly Hotel is nestled in the outskirts of the bustling town of Antrim, and is only a five minute drive from Shane’s Castle and a ten minute drive from Belfast International Airport. The hotel offers rooms for £54 on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information, see www.dunsillyhotel.com.
Moone Boy, due to air this September, is a new Sky One comedy that stars the hilarious Chris O’Dowd, and co-stars Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas. It is a part autobiographical tale of growing up in Ireland at the end of the 1980s, and is filmed in O’Dowd’s hometown of Boyle. Boyle is a charming town, with fantastic pubs and restaurants, surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Deal: Enjoy the genuine Irish hospitality for which Roscommon is famous, with a stay at Rosdarring Bed and Breakfast. The modern home is a short walk from Boyle, and is the perfect base to explore the highlights of the region, including Boyle Abbey, King House and Lough Key Forest Park. Rooms start from £30 based on two people sharing, and include breakfast. For more information, see www.rosdarrig.com.
Blandings is a six-part television series, based on the books of the same name by P.G. Wodehouse, which will air on BBC1 in the autumn. The comedy follows the chaotic lifestyle of a dysfunctional aristocratic family at Blandings Castle, and stars Jennifer Saunders and Timothy Spall, with guest appearances by Paloma Faith and David Walliams. The series is filmed at the stunning Crom Castle and Estate in County Fermanagh.
Deal: Set in rolling parkland amongst an archipelago of wooded islands, the Crom Estate in County Fermanagh – the historic seat of the Earls of Erne for over 350 years – enjoys an unrivalled location in the heart of Ireland’s Lake District. Re-live Blandings and stay in the West Wing of Crom Castle itself. This wing is available to hire all year round for groups of up to 12, and can be let on a self-catering or all-inclusive basis. Prices start from £2,500 for a three night break for 12 people. For more information, see www.cromcastle.com.
Ek Tha Tiger
Ek Tha Tiger is a 2012 Bollywood romantic action thriller starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and tells the story of an Indian spy who is sent on a mission to Dublin. Shot on location, the film showcases the highlights of Ireland’s capital city, including scenes from Trinity College, the Ha’penny Bridge, Temple Bar, and along the Liffey River.
Deal: Recreate dramatic scenes from Ek Tha Tiger with a city break at the four star Trinity City Hotel. Based in the centre of Dublin, this luxurious hotel is a good base to explore the vibrant city of Dublin. Price start from £60 on a room only basis. For more information, see www.trinitycityhotel.com.
For more information on planning a trip to Ireland, please visit http://www.discoverireland.com.
- Behind the scenes on Game of Thrones (bbc.co.uk)
- Bollywood blockbuster to spice up tourism industry (independent.ie)