“Game of Thrones” fans now have a chance to live inside the show they love so dearly. Northern Ireland’s Gosford Castle, which serves as the fictional Riverrun in Season 3, has hit the market and it’s cheaper than buying a Manhattan apartment.
The castle listed on the market at £500,000 (about $656, 267). The median price of a Manhattan apartment in 2015 was $915,000.
“GoT” fans will recognize Gosford as the ancestral castle of House Tully and central to Robb Stark’s storyline in the third season. While he was plotting his fatal campaign against the Lannisters, he lodged in the castle. The exterior of the castle loomed in the background when Robb memorably executed former ally Rickard Kastark, a move that would lead to his eventual doom.
But the castle’s real-life history is fascinating. Check the listing information:
Built in the mid-1800s by the 2nd Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, Gosford Castle is a grade A listed building. It was designed in the Norman Revival style by London architect Thomas Hopper and was occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921. During the Second World War the Castle was commandeered and used to accommodate troops and prisoner of war camp was set up in the estate.
Following the war the Achesons sold the Castle to the Ministry of Agriculture who established the 590 acre demesne as Gosford Forest Park which was later designated Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest in 1986. The castle fell back into military use during The Troubles before being run as a hotel from 1983.
Part of the castle underwent renovations to convert the castle into luxury-style apartment units for potential investors to maximize profits. But come on, we all know the real selling point is ‘Game of Thrones’ here. Just don’t host any wedding here, please.