HBO has recently announced that The Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge, Northern Island, will be opening in Spring 2020.
This will allow fans to tour the studio where many of the hit show’s most iconic scenes were filmed.
Located within Linen Mill Studios, the tour will allow visitors to come face-to-face with original set pieces, props, costumes, and the weapons that game form to the worlds of Westeros and Essos.
The tour is currently being designed and built and when it’s done, it will offer a 110,000-square-foot interactive experience. Visitors will walk around re-living key scenes right where they all took place.
A “world-class” creative team is working hand-in-hand with Linen Mill Studios and HBO to bring life to Westeros and Essos in a totally new format.
A statement describes the tour as a ‘deeply immersive and sensory experience’ that will ‘evoke the show’s magnificence from King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and the lands beyond, to kingdoms across the Narrow Sea like Mereen and Braavos.’
A “first-of-its-kind” collection of informative displays will highlight the production areas and pay tribute to the craftsmanship and artistry of the creative team who made the series into the hit that it is.
To enhance the visitor experience, information about production design and the art department workshops will also be made available. There will also be an interactive costume department station, sections featuring the make-up and prosthetics, the armory, and many more.
Jeff Peters, vice president, licensing and retail, HBO, announced: “It is our sincere pleasure to announce the first attraction from the Game of Thrones Legacy project in Northern Ireland.
“Some of the most iconic scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed at Linen Mill Studios and our fans will soon have an opportunity to visit and see the work of the show’s incredible crew in the museum setting it deserves.”
Andrew Webb, managing director at Linen Mill Studios, added: “Linen Mill Studios is thrilled, in partnership with HBO, to have this opportunity to offer fans a unique insight into the making of the Game of Thrones series in the authentic setting of one of its foremost filming locations.
“We are committed to giving fans the opportunity to experience firsthand the most comprehensive selection of iconic elements from the show available anywhere in the world.”
John McGrillen, the chief executive of Tourism Northern Ireland, is confident that the tour will attract more visitors to the area.
He explained: “We very much welcome this exciting announcement. Game of Thrones has transformed Northern Ireland into a leading international screen tourism destination, bringing many more visitors and fans of the show to Northern Ireland to explore the stunning landscapes, coastlines, and mountains showcased in the series.
“I commend both Linen Mill Studios in recognizing the increasing opportunity in screen tourism here and HBO’s commitment to Northern Ireland as the ‘Home of Thrones.’ I have no doubt this investment will deliver a world-class visitor experience.”
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