Published on : Thursday, April 4, 2019
Fans of hit HBO series, “Game of Thrones”, can expect a treat next spring, when The Game of Thrones Studio Tour opens its doors in Northern Ireland — offering an immersive experience of Seven Kingdoms comprising breathtaking imagery, captivating sets, original props and costumes, and other behind-the-scenes items from the television series.
The Studio Tour — the first in a series of Game of Thrones Legacy projects announced by HBO last year — has been created in collaboration with HBO Licensing and Retail and Linen Mill Studios; and will open gates in the spring of 2020 as an interactive experience across 110,000-square-foot within Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland — the original filming location used for many iconic scenes throughout the series.
According to an official announcement Thursday, guests on the Game of Thrones Studio Tour will be treated to an up-close and personal look at a wide selection of items pulled straight from the screen and have the opportunity to walk through authentic set pieces from some of the show’s most iconic scenes; with King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and the lands beyond, to kingdoms across the Narrow Sea — including Mereen and Braavos — all set to feature on the tour.
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Bringing the worlds of Westeros and Essos to life, Game of Thrones Studio Tour will embrace several interactive elements as part of the initiative, such as expansive and fully dressed sets — all coming together to allow visitors to wander in the very footsteps of Westeros’s most prominent residents, inspecting the weapons they used, and re-living key moments from the series while standing right where they took place.
Additionally, the Studio Tour will also feature a first-of-its-kind collection of informative displays highlighting the production spaces and the craftsmanship and artistry of the creative teams who brought the epic series to life, with information about Production Design and the Art Department workshops on-hand to further enhance the visitor experience, complete with an interactive Costume Department station, displays about the Make-up and Prosthetics Shop, and The Armoury, among others.
Chief Executive of Tourism NI John McGrillen said that the Studio Tour’s enviable location in Northern Ireland, which “midway between Belfast and Dublin, can be easily reached by the 11 million people who visit the Island of Ireland each year as well as providing even more reasons for international tourists to visit.”
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