The Game of Thrones studio tour will hopefully be a little less bloody than the TV show…
Yes, England may have a spellbinding Harry Potter Studio Tour that we’re very proud of, but still, we’d never say no to a Game of Thrones studio tour. And this would be the reason why we’re throwing a fair few covetous glances the way of Banbridge, Northern Ireland, where such an attraction has just been given the green light to open after the local borough council gave the project their blessing.
Linen Mill Studios – which was used as a filming location for many of Game of Thrones’ iconic scenes – has been chosen as the site for the official Game of Thrones studio tour. It’s currently home to sets including Winterfell, Riverrun, and Pyke, all of which featured prominently in the unforgettable series, making it the logical choice to house the tour. When completed (and sadly, an opening date is still TBC), the studio tour is expected to attract some 600,000 visitors each year, and create 200 jobs for the area.
Should you mosey along when the Game of Thrones studio tour is completed, you’ll find authentic sets that you’ll be allowed to wander through, along with a treasure trove of costumes and props – riches that could rival even the famed wealth of the Lannisters.
I’d wager the usual set of interactive exhibitions and behind-the-scenes glimpses will also be in attendance, and though special events are further down the pipeline, I’d imagine a Red Wedding dinner experience could be quite the spectacle…
The Game of Thrones studio tour will be another glittering addition to the wealth of GoT experiences you can currently do in Northern Ireland. Fans make regular pilgrimages to the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, and sets used for filming scenes at Castle Black and Kings Landing (Magheramorne Quarry and Titanic Studios, respectively) were opened up for public tours ahead of the show’s final season in 2019.
We’ll keep you updated with any developments on this, but there’s plenty of time to get excited for a visit in the meantime!