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Seven medieval activities for Game of Thrones fans in NYC

Get in the spirit of the Seven Kingdoms with these medieval things to do in NYC.

Annalise Mantz
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Deme Walls
Annalise Mantz

Don't know what to do after you finish watching all eight seasons of HBO's hit show, Game of Thrones? Try checking out some of these hidden medieval gems across New York City. We've uncovered some fantastical locations (including a few at some of the best museums in NYC) that will have you feeling like you're in Westeros in no time. Once you hit all the spots, make sure to celebrate with a pint of mead at one of these New York City bars

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Medieval activities for Game of Thrones fans

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Washington Heights
  • price 2 of 4

This museum in Fort Tryon Park doesn’t just look like a monastery—It’s actually constructed from the remnants of five cloisters dating back to the Middle Ages. The galleries hold some of the finest medieval art in the world, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries, and lavish Spanish altars. It almost feels like walking through the Citadel in Oldtown.

  • Things to do
  • Queens
  • price 1 of 4

Our favorite assassin Arya learns archery early, before running away from King’s Landing or becoming a servant of the Many Faced God. Channel her scrappy spirit in a class at Queens Archery in Flushing. You’ll learn the basics of notching, aiming and firing arrows and get 90 minutes of practice so you can (hopefully) hit the bull's-eye.

Burp Castle
  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

This “temple of beer worship” really goes all in on the abbey theme, with quirky Medieval-looking murals on the walls and Gregorian chants playing over the speakers. Order one of the 12 rotating brews on tap and settle in for a civilized conversation—anything louder than a normal speaking voice isn’t permitted. In other words, it’s the perfect places for some Thrones-style plotting.

  • Things to do
  • Upper East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Swords are so important in Game of Thrones that most characters have names for their weapons: Arya has the small-but-mighty Needle, Jon Snow has Longclaw, Brienne has Oathkeeper and Stannis Baratheon had Lightbringer. Pick up a foil and try your hand at water dancing at Sheridan Fencing Academy. The instructors might not be Syrio Forel, but they’ll have you parrying and lunging in no time.

  • Attractions
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Central Park

You might feel like you are at the top of Casterly Rock at this 1869 whimsical open-air structure and lookout tower in Central Park. Instead of views of the harbor of Lannisport and the Sunset Sea, get beautiful views of The Great Lawn, the Delacorte Theater and the Ramble. After being closed for renovations in 2018, the castle is expected to reopen sometime in 2019.

Embrace the cheesiness at Medieval Times
Flickr/Kristen Menecola

6. Embrace the cheesiness at Medieval Times

Knights in shining armor, galloping steeds, soaring falcons and a four-course feast fit for a king (Let’s just hope it’s not Joffrey): You’ll find all the trappings of a King’s Landing tourney at the dinner show at Lyndhurst Castle. It’s cheesy, sure, but where else can you chow down on a chicken leg and slurp some mead while knights joust in front of you?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Attractions
  • Sightseeing
  • Financial District

Located at the heart of Battery Park, this national monument was originally built as a fort for the War of 1812, and is Manhattan's answer to the Red Keep. If you head down for a self-guided tour of the Battery’s monuments and memorials, you'll be able to see plenty of historic fortifications and even a Revolutionary War cannon.

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