The biggest Game of Thrones Studio tour is opening in Northern Ireland

The biggest Game of Thrones studio tour is set to open in Northern Ireland ©HBO

The blockbuster TV series is over but Game of Thrones fans can continue to experience the Seven Kingdoms as a new HBO-backed Game of Thrones Studio Tour has been given the green light to open in Northern Ireland.

The expansive new tour will open in Linen Mill Studios, Banbridge (midway between Belfast and Dublin) where some of most iconic sets from Game of Thrones were filmed including the Starks’ Winterfell Castle, the Greyjoys’ Pyke, the Tullys’ Riverrun and the Three-Eyed Raven's cave. HBO will convert these sites into a new 110,000-square-foot tourist attraction, giving fans the chance to relive key moments from the hit series, and maybe even design their own ending.

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It will include fully-dressed sets from all over the 'Thrones' universe ©HBO

The studio tour will also include fully-dressed sets, costumes, imagery and original props from the Game of Thrones universe - including King's Landing, Braavos, Dorne and Dragonfell - which will be rebuilt and restored by the same construction crews and artists who worked on the Emmy award-winning show. Taking cues from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of London - The Making of Harry Potter, the Linen Mill Studios tour will be a completely immersive experience, on a scale and scope more expansive than ever before.

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Fans can relive key moments from Game of Thrones ©HBO

“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,” said Jeff Peters, vice president, licensing & retail, HBO.

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The same crew and artists who worked on the show are bringing the studio tour to life ©HBO

The Game of Thrones Studio tour is the first in a series of legacy interactive fan experiences announced by HBO over the past few years. Other Northern Ireland film locations are also set to open to the public, including the sets for Castle Black and King's Landing in Belfast, although details have yet to be finalised.

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The tour will take place at Linen Mill Studios and is the largest of its kind ©HBO

“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," said John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI. "I commend both Linen Mill Studios in recognising the increasing opportunity in screen tourism here and HBO’s commitment to Northern Ireland as the ‘Home of Thrones’."

An opening date is yet to be announced. 

This article was first published on April 6, 2019 and updated on September 3, 2020.

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