A new chapter will finally be able to be written for Game of Thrones. Linen Mill Studios in Northern Ireland, one of the main filming locations for the series, will open to the public on February 4.
This event, originally announced for spring 2020 and then delayed due to the health crisis, will allow fans to dive behind the scenes of this blockbuster, the most successful series in the history of American television. Used since the beginnings of the saga in 2011, the studios located in Banbridge, between Belfast and Dublin, will offer with this first guided tour “a direct trip to the Kingdom of the Seven Crowns”, assure Andrew Webb and David Browne, Executive Directors of Linen Mill Studio in a press release. And tickets are already on sale.
“After many years of operating as a studio inaccessible to the public, now is the time for fans to step into the Kingdom of the Seven Crowns and travel the world from Westeros to Linen Mill Studios,” enthused -they.
An immersive visit over more than 10,000 m2
New and interactive, this experience will be spread over more than 10,000 m2 and intends to relive the highlights of the saga. How? ‘Or’ What ? By strolling in particular in the sets of the series, which celebrated the 10 years of its first broadcast last April. For example, visitors will be able to enter the Great Hall of Winterfell, at the very place where Jon Snow was proclaimed King of the North, but also observe Daenerys’ throne and discover a selection of objects directly from the series: accessories, original weapons and costumes.
“Being able to be where some of the show’s most memorable moments were filmed is an incredible feeling and we know fans of the show will feel the same when they can stand among the sets, costumes and props of GOT. “, Said, for his part, Peter van Roden, senior vice president of Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment. A behind-the-scenes dive, which promises to be unforgettable, and will also reveal the production secrets of the series. Among them: the special effects used over the eight seasons.
This opening could also give new colors to the tourist activity of the Emerald Isle, undermined like all destinations by the international health crisis. “We welcome the opening of this one-of-a-kind attraction, which will give Game of Thrones fans yet another reason to plan a trip to Northern Ireland from 2022,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. In fact, in addition to the sublime landscapes, between sea and mountain, offered by the island and which have also largely served as the backdrop for the series, “this new experience will offer a fantastic opportunity to go behind the scenes of the series, to the place where it all began, ”he concludes.
A popular tourist destination for the French, Ireland welcomed in 2019, before the pandemic, more than 550,000 travelers from France.