We’ve heard rumors, and many of us hoped it would happen, but now it’s official: HBO is opening a Game of Thrones: Studio Tour at Linen Mill Studios, Northern Ireland! If you’ve ever wanted to visit the show’s marvelous sets, you’ll finally get your chance in 2020!
Showcasing authentic sets, costumes, props, and other behind-the-scenes items from all seasons of Game of Thrones, including the upcoming eighth and final season, this engaging tour will allow fans to truly step inside the world of Westeros and Essos.
Guests 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. In collaboration with HBO, Linen Mill Studios are designing and building the new 110,000-square-foot interactive experience and will open its gates for visitors in Spring 2020. It is the first in a series of Game of Thrones Legacy projects announced by HBO last year.
Located within Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland—the original filming location used for many iconic scenes throughout the run of the show—the tour will bring visitors face-to-face with original set pieces, costumes, props, and weapons used to create the worlds of Westeros and Essos. Featuring a compelling mix of behind-the-scenes insights, interactive elements, and expansive, fully dressed sets, visitors will wander in the very footsteps of Westeros’s most prominent residents, re-living key moments from the series and standing right where they took place.
In anticipation of the tour’s opening in Spring 2020, a world-class creative team are working closely with Linen Mill Studios and HBO to bring the dynamic environments of both Westeros and Essos to life in a new format. The deeply immersive and sensory experience 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. The Game of Thrones Studio Tour will allow fans from around the world to experience the craftsmanship and artistry of the show’s production team as part of the largest authentic public display of Game Of Thrones artifacts in the world.
The tour will also feature first-of-its-kind informative displays highlighting the production spaces and the craftsmanship and artistry of the creative teams who brought the show to life. Information about Production Design and the Art Department workshops will enhance the experience along with an interactive Costume Department station, displays about the Make-up and Prosthetics Shop, the Armoury, and more.
I don’t know about you, but I think this warrants a trip to Northern Ireland!