Business has doubled for The Fullerton Arms and Guest Inn in Ballintoy, after being gifted the sixth ‘Door of Thrones,’ from HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones, by Tourism Ireland.
Ballintoy is the location for filming exterior Pyke shots and the Iron Islands in the popular drama and owners Sean and Geraldine McLaughlin (pictured) have enjoyed a surge of business as fans from all over the world visit their hotel to see the hotel’s dedicated Game of Thrones themed room and the ‘Door of Thrones’ which hangs proudly on the front door of their restaurant.
Sean McLaughlin, who also owns Kargo56 in Portstewart, said: “We are honoured that Tourism Ireland chose The Fullerton Arms and Guest Inn to showcase their sixth door, a carved door which tells the story of the latest Game of Thrones episode. The doors have been created using wood salvaged from two trees at the Dark Hedges (otherwise known as the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones®), which fell during Storm Gertrude. Our intricately-carved door features striking designs and depicts Targaryens and dragons.
In just over a month business has doubled as Game of Thrones fans, in their bus-loads, stop off to enjoy lunch in our hotel and people from as far away as America and Asia are staying for weekends too. As the busy summer season is upon us, we are confident that our turnover will increase even further. The County Antrim coastline is stunning and Game of Thrones has been great for local tourism in general.”