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The Beauty of Tollymore

Covering an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne mountains, Tollymore Forest Park has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at Newcastle.

by | Mar 5, 2020

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First, some background on the venue itself. Set along the River Bann, the Linen Mill Studios was once the base of operations of a key player in the story of Irish linen, the Ballievey Bleaching Company, founded in the 1920s. By 1974, the linen mill was operated by Ulster Weavers, employing 410 people at its height. The Ulster Weavers factory closed in 2011, with some buildings retained for storage until last year. The Game of Thrones TV production moved in from 2011-18, building several sets indoors but also some magnificent outdoor sets including the ruins of Harrenhal, the gateway and drawbridge into Riverrun and a huge ship set in an intake tank – Stannis Baratheon’s ship for the Battle of Blackwater Bay at the end of season 2, again used as Arya’s ship when she crossed the Narrow Sea to Braavos and Euron’s ship when he launched his sneak attack on Yara and Theon’s fleet. Since filming ended, Ulster Weavers have been turning Linen Mill Studios into the Game of Thrones Studio Tour. Courier firm DPD and Banbridge Storage & Logistics Limited, part of the John Hogg Group, also used the site until early last year but the entire site is now given over to the Studio Tour visitor attraction.

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First, some background on the venue itself. Set along the River Bann, the Linen Mill Studios was once the base of operations of a key player in the story of Irish linen, the Ballievey Bleaching Company, founded in the 1920s. By 1974, the linen mill was operated by Ulster Weavers, employing 410 people at its height. The Ulster Weavers factory closed in 2011, with some buildings retained for storage until last year. The Game of Thrones TV production moved in from 2011-18, building several sets indoors but also some magnificent outdoor sets including the ruins of Harrenhal, the gateway and drawbridge into Riverrun and a huge ship set in an intake tank – Stannis Baratheon’s ship for the Battle of Blackwater Bay at the end of season 2, again used as Arya’s ship when she crossed the Narrow Sea to Braavos and Euron’s ship when he launched his sneak attack on Yara and Theon’s fleet. Since filming ended, Ulster Weavers have been turning Linen Mill Studios into the Game of Thrones Studio Tour. Courier firm DPD and Banbridge Storage & Logistics Limited, part of the John Hogg Group, also used the site until early last year but the entire site is now given over to the Studio Tour visitor attraction.

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