Game to walk this road from Thrones?

Game Of Thrones fans might recognise this foreboding avenue, known in the smash-hit HBO television series as Kingsroad.

Even the sea is safer than this long, grand and notorious highway in the Seven Kingdoms, according to Lord Eddard Stark, played in the show by Sean Bean.

In our world, it is called the Dark Hedges, and you can take a stroll down this stretch of Bregagh Road in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.

The avenue is one of the region's top tourist attractions, with fans of the fantasy epic from all over the world travelling to the location to get a picture in front of the haunting backdrop.

The beech trees were planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family, owners of the Georgian mansion Gracehill House, reported the Belfast Telegraph.

The tunnel of trees was designed to impress the Stuarts' visitors as they approached the estate.

Last November, Architectural Digest named Bregagh Road among the 10 most beautiful streets in the world, in a list which included Paris' Champs-Elysees and San Francisco's Lombard Street.

Game Of Thrones' seventh season is set to premiere in the middle of this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2017, with the headline 'Game to walk this road from Thrones?'. Print Edition | Subscribe