Glass of Thrones House of Stark
Glass of Thrones House of Stark

Glass of Thrones Installation On Display

The Glass of Thrones installation, which is based on the popular “Games of Thrones” series is now on permanent display in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

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All six of the stained-glass panels were recently gifted to the Maritime Belfast Trust by Tourism Ireland.

The installation is part of the popular Maritime Mile tourist attraction.

The windows were first unveiled in May 2019 to celebrate 10 years of filming the popular HBO series, which was largely filmed across Northern Ireland.

In addition to House Stark, you’ll find stained glass window panels in other parts of the Titanic Quarter that depict the Lannisters, Baratheons, Targaryens, the White Walkers, and the Iron Throne.

You can book a Glass of Thrones walking trail, a 1.8-km (3 miles) guided walk that explains the installations.

a large building by the water Belfast and the Titanic
Early morning at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. Photo: Greg Clarke, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leppre/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It covers all of the stained-glass window installations located across that section of the city.

They include the following:

1. Outside the AC Hotel – this one was unveiled to coincide with the first episode of the 8th and final series of the show. It depicts Jon Snow at the Battle of Bastards and Bran as the three-eyed raven. This relates specifically to the House of Stark.

2. At the Lagan Weir Footbridge – this one is a striking portrait of the Red Woman, Gendry's war hammer, and a shadow assassin.

The Lagan Weir Footbridge in Belfast. Photo: William Murphy, https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It represents House Baratheon's most iconic moments.

3. At the Odyssey Point – this installation is dedicated to House Targaryen and shows an epic picture of Daenerys riding a fire-breathing dragon.

4. At the SS Nomadic – this White Walker-themed installation includes scenes from beyond The Wall, including Hodor's death and the Night King riding a dragon.

5. At the Titanic Slipways – this panel is dedicated to the Iron Throne and features a built-in stool that you can actually sit on.

a slipway Belfast's SoundYard
The historic slipway where the ill-fated Titanic was built and where you'll find one of the Glass of Thrones installations. Photo courtesy of Titanic Belfast.

The location of this installation is next door to the studios where many of the interior scenes were shot.

6. At the HMS Caroline – see the trials and triumphs of House Lannister in this panel, including the explosion at the Sept, Tywin's assassination, and Oberyn Martell's brutal death.

The HMS Caroline at Belfast's Titanic Quarter. Photo: Chris Hill, Tourism Ireland.

While you’re in the neighborhood, there are other things to see in the area. They include the following:

Titanic Belfast

This is undoubtedly one of Belfast’s most popular attractions, part of a complex that sits on over 185 acres.

It includes the museum itself and a mix of residential and commercial property.

Game of Thrones was filmed in the nearby Paint Hall Studios.

The exterior of Titanic Belfast, the city's most popular tourist attraction. Photo: Titanic Belfast.

There are various galleries spread out over several floors of the attraction, including some that focus on the story of Belfast and how it became an industrial giant in the areas of linen, ropemaking, and whiskey distilling.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Titanic Belfast also showcases a number of amazing artifacts that also tell the story of this great ocean liner.

Some include the last luncheon menu that its first-class passengers enjoyed before the ship struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912.

The menu included grilled mutton chops, Chicken A La Maryland, corned beef, vegetable dumplings, and an assortment of desserts, among other scrumptious offerings.

Other artifacts on display include the different types of bone china that were used by the liner’s passengers; the original 33-foot Titanic plan created by The White Star’s architect, Cecil Arthur Allen; a launch day ticket, which still bears the original perforated stub, and the original promotional brochure advertising the liner’s ability to cross the North Atlantic in style.

Afternoon tea at Titanic Belfast. Photo courtesy of Titanic Belfast.

While the Afternoon Tea experience at Titanic Belfast has not yet resumed due to Covid restrictions, there's no doubt that it definitely will.

When that happens, don't miss out on reliving the Titanic journey, which takes place in a replica of the opulent Titanic Suite.

The menu is typical of what the Titanic’s first-class guests would have enjoyed, including finger sandwiches, classic scones with fresh cream, and other sweet and savory treats.

Thompson’s loose-leaf tea is served in replica White Star crockery.

The Harbour Commissioners Office Building

If you’re in the area, you should take a moment to see this striking building.

For over 150 years, it has served as the headquarters of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the organization responsible for operating the Port of Belfast.

The Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office Building. Photo: By Erl Johnston – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69706916

This beautiful Italianate-style building was officially opened in 1854 and includes a fairly conspicuous clock tower that was once used to regulate the punctual sailing of passenger steamers.

Inside the building’s marble and stained-glass interior is the Belfast Harbour Heritage Room on the ground floor.

Here you’ll discover an exhibition of the commissioners who served in the building, along with their uniforms. In the foyer is the captain’s table that was built for the ill-fated Titanic.

Because it was completed past schedule, it never made it on board.

You can get a real sense of this beautiful building by downloading the Belfast Harbour Office brochure.

The building is open to the public, provided you reserve a time in advance. Email [email protected] to do so.

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