Fans will soon be able to explore Westeros for themselves by visiting the actual locations where Game of Thrones was filmed.
HBO has announced plans to convert a number of Game of Thrones Northern Ireland filming locations into tourist attractions, per Variety.
The studio is considering several iconic locations, including Winterfell, Castle Black and King’s Landing, as well as a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios. Each attraction will feature the sets from the show, alongside exhibits of GOT costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models and other production materials.
The forthcoming Game of Thrones Legacy attractions in Northern Ireland will be “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen,” said HBO.
“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, HBO’s VP of licensing and retail, in a statement. “The opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland’s pivotal role in the life and legacy of the show and share its culture, beauty and warmth is also a huge inspiration behind these Legacy projects.”
“We are thrilled [fans] 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, CEO of Tourism Northern Ireland. He described the project a “game-changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level.”
“We very much welcome this exciting announcement by HBO and look forward to attracting many more visitors to our beautiful country as a result,” said McGrillen.
HBO already offers other live Game of Thrones extensions, including the Touring Exhibition and the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience.
The news comes as HBO is set to wrap up GOT filming with season eight. The attraction’s tentative opening is set for 2019.