HBO’s "Game of Thrones" will officially end next year, but the studio does not plan for the iconic filming locations to go to waste.
In 2019, several locations in Northern Ireland will become open to the public and will not only contain the natural, rugged landscape that GoT is known for, but several sets, costumes, props, weapons and production materials from the show will be on display. You can already take tours in Northern Ireland of the various filming locations, but expect to see a whole lot of extras packed into these new attractions.
So far, HBO is considering opening sets used for Winterfell, Castle Black and King’s Landing as well as a full studio tour.
The studio has stated that the experience will be “enhanced by state-of-the-art digital content and interactive materials, which will showcase some of the digital wizardry the series is known for.”
HBO promised fans that the attractions will be “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen.” It is unclear exactly what that means, but it sounds ominous, and most of all, expensive.
While HBO wants to provide fans with the ultimate Westeros experience, they also want to showcase the beauty of Northern Ireland to further encourage tourism. CEO of Tourism NI John McGrillen says that the new attractions will be a “game-changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level.”