The final series of Game of Thrones may be fast approaching but it’s not all bad news for fans of George RR Martin’s fantasy series.
That because HBO is preparing to transform the show’s film sets into tourist attractions, meaning you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the world of Westeros.
The new Game of Thrones Legacy attractions will be based at the sets Northern Ireland, which served as the main filming spots for the last decade.
You’ll be able to explore the Seven Kingdoms behind-the-scenes not only by wandering through the sets, but through the host of exhibits filled with costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models, and other production materials.
And of course there’ll be digital content and interactive materials to showcase some of the CGI the show is renowned for – we’re keeping fingers crossed that there’ll be something involving Daenerys’ dragons.
It will mark the first time that the public will be able to set foot inside the sets – although of course there are already a host of Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit .
As for the opening date? HBO has said that “A tentative targeted open date is currently set for 2019”, we’re guessing to give them time to get everything in place following the end of filming.
The studio hasn’t given away too much more of what the Game of Thrones Legacy attractions will entail did reveal in a statement that it’s “considering including the standing sets for iconic locations such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios which will showcase a wide array of subject matter from the series spanning all seasons and settings.”
And while Game of Thrones has already provided a tourism boost to Northern Ireland as fans flock to spots from the Giant’s Causeway to Dark Hedges Road, locals hope that the new attraction will continue on the appeal.
John McGrillen, Chief Executive of Tourism NI, said: “We couldn’t be more excited about the Game of Thrones Legacy project coming to Northern Ireland.
“While fans have seen the stunning landscapes, coastlines and mountains in the series, we are thrilled they will now have the opportunity to fully experience the charm of Northern Ireland and immerse themselves in to the world of Westeros.
“The Game of Thrones Legacy project will be a game changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level. We very much welcome this exciting announcement by HBO and look forward to welcoming many more visitors to our beautiful country as a result.”
Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing and Retail, HBO said: “HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the Game of Thrones creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person.
“We look forward to opening the gates and sharing the excitement of stepping inside these amazing sets with Game of Thrones fans from around the world. The opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland’s pivotal role in the life and legacy of the show and share its culture, beauty and warmth is also a huge inspiration behind these Legacy projects.”