Built by the Romans to keep out an invading force from the North, Hadrian’s Wall has several obvious comparisons to Westeros’ Wall. Although Hadrian’s Wall isn’t the mighty frontier it once was, there’s still plenty to explore along the 73-mile-long coast-to-coast barrier. Visit the photogenic Sycamore Gap Tree or journey to Housesteads and discover some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the country. Did you know you can take the AD122 bus which runs alongside the Wall from Hexham Bus Station to Haltwhistle Rail Station?
Discover the gory battles for power that influenced Game of Thrones writer RR martin at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Leicestershire. The centre tells the story of the historic battle in which Richard III died despite having an army three times the size of the Tudors.
Jousting has had something of a revival in the last few years, particularly at castles and various historical landmarks. Hever Castle hosts competitions in July and August with a grand finale over the August bank holiday weekend (23-26 August). Arrive early and get a front row spot to avoid missing any of the action.
Ever wanted to try your hand at being a knight of Winterfell? Well, this is the next best thing, and contains zero risk of death! Learn medieval and Renaissance sword fighting techniques from trained experts, then practice your new skills in a controlled environment. If you’re really keen, sign up to LLA’s annual 2 Days of the Blade event (1-2 June 2019) to learn from some of the world’s finest instructors.
Explore Warwick Castle’s bloody history with a tour around the Castle Dungeon. With immersive sets, costumed actors and gross-out special effects; it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. Complete your trip to Warwick with a royal-calibre stay in one of the Tower Suites. Spend the night in style, and imagine yourself as a lord or lady of Westeros with your own private floor in the 14th century tower, complete with a four-poster king-size bed draped in regal tapestries.
Sherwood Forest was supposedly home to Robin Hood and his Merry Men, making it a great place to pick up some skills with a bow and arrow. Located just a few miles north of Nottingham, Adrenalin Jungle in Sherwood Forest has everything you need to go from zero to archery hero. Under the guidance of trained professionals, you’ll learn how to load, aim and fire a bow, before unleashing your new talents on a row of targets downrange.
Imagine yourself dining in the halls of Winterfell at this unique restaurant in the medieval town of Arundel. Steel armour, candle-lit chandeliers and long trestle tables make up the décor, while the menu features traditional English dishes such as hodgepodge pie and a carvery selection alongside more contemporary food including jackfruit burgers and a carvery selection. Visit Knight’s Table for a romantic meal, or book try a murder mystery evening for an extra special twist.
Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex is the site of a medieval invasion every year when England’s Medieval Festival – the largest of its kind in the country – rolls into town. Traditional tents occupy the lawns surrounding the castle, offering a huge range of medieval entertainments and activities. From music and dance to stage shows, there’s plenty of things to do with the family. (24-26 August)
The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is home to England’s collection of arms and armour, and features five floors of weapons and equipment from various eras and ages. One particular highlight is the towering Hall of Steel; stand at the bottom and look up for a unique display of various weapons and shields. Visit between 19-22 April and you’ll be able to enjoy a special international jousting tournament too. Knights from the UK, Poland, USA and Canada will go head to head in fierce competition; book your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss out!