ANY Game of Thrones fan will be familiar with the Wall - a 300-mile long, 700 foot high barrier of ice manned by the Night's Watch.

Now, as the hit TV show approaches its final season, English Heritage has appointed its very own watchers on the wall at Roman forts along Hadrian's Wall.

However, their role will be rather less strenuous than guarding the realm from Wildlings and White Walkers - the watchers will be on hand to answer questions about both Hadrian's Wall and Game of Thrones.

The watchers can be easily identified thanks to their cloaks and shields bearing designs based on the four main houses in the TV show.

Since the show first aired in 2011, English Heritage staff at the charity's sites along the Roman wall have fielded more questions from visitors about the similarities between the two walls.

The show is based on George R.R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and the author has previously confirmed that his wall was inspired by the Roman Wall.

Frances McIntosh, English Heritage’s curator of Hadrian’s Wall, said: "It’s hard not to see the many similarities between the fictional fantasy and real life.

"From this week, our watchers on the Wall will be on hand at our sites to answer questions, and in April a new collection of Roman objects uncannily rich with Night’s Watch symbolism will be on display at Housesteads Roman Fort.

"Today, it may not be supersized like George R. R. Martin’s colossal ice wall, but when it was built nearly 2,000 years ago, Hadrian’s Wall would have been a huge, hulking sign of Roman imperial strength and standing on the precipice looking north.

"You can tell why Martin was inspired by this ancient monument!”

From April, visitors will be able to see a new display of objects at Housesteads Roman Fort which echo life on the Ice Wall, while a trail at Corbridge Roman Town will take visitors around the museum to spot both Game of Thrones and Roman symbols in the collection.

The Watchers on the Wall will be at Corbridge Roman Town and the forts at Housesteads, Birdoswald and Chesters until the final series premieres on April 14.