'Game of Thrones' shoot locations in Northern Ireland to open as tourist spots
MANILA, Philippines – We understand that GOT fans’ hearts may be breaking as the Emmy Award-winning fantasy drama series’ final season is just around the corner.
But don't despair just yet – it won't be the last you'll see of the highly-acclaimed TV show.
After a decade of filming in beautiful Northern Ireland, HBO has decided immortalize (and, well, monetize) Game of Thrones' worldwide legacy by converting its most iconic shooting locations into tourist attractions the show’s biggest fans can visit.
By 2019, the world of Westeros will come alive for tourists as they’ll be able to visit standing sets for Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing, while basking in the breathtaking scenery and landscapes of Northern Ireland.
The immersive experience will also involve a reveal of the series' production archives, a first-person viewing from behind the show’s real camera lens, and a stunning display of actual costumes, props, weapons, set decor, models, and art files used in the show.
“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,” said Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing and Retail, HBO.
“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," said John McGrillen, Chief Executive of Tourism NI, in a press release.
Aside from set visits, a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios will also be available, where fans can learn about the series’ seasons and settings.
HBO’s Game of Thrones has just finished filming for its eighth season, the final one. It will be premiering in 2019. To date, GOT is the most-awarded drama series ever, with 47 Emmy wins in tow. - Rappler.com