Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys Showcases Ireland

Chris Tarrant’s popular TV series Extreme Railway Journeys has been filming around Ireland.

Hosted by the former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire presenter, the show has around 2 million viewers per episode and airs on Channel 5 in Britain. Filming here was supported by Tourism Ireland. This was in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.

Tarrant and the show’s production team enjoyed a whistle-stop tour around Ireland. They captured footage at places like the West Clare Railway, Blarney Castle, Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park and the Guinness Storehouse, as well as at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway. They also travelled by train from Limerick to Ballybrophy, Wicklow to Bray and Belfast to Derry.

The resulting programme will air later this year. It will showcase the country’s scenery and heritage to millions of potential British holidaymakers. It will also highlight the ease of venturing beyond our cities into our regions via rail travel.

A key focus for Tourism Ireland is to encourage more British holidaymakers to explore our less-visited attractions. This is in particular during the shoulder and off-season months.

“We are delighted that the team from Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys decided to film an episode in Ireland. It’s the publicity money simply could not buy and a superb way to highlight Ireland to 2 million people in Britain. It positions Ireland as a highly desirable place to visit,” said Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, in a statement.

“Publicity – and working with TV crews like this – is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s overall promotional programme. We are helping to raise awareness through the media in Britain of the many things to see and do on a holiday around Ireland.”

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