The world’s premier destination for ‘Game of Thrones’ fans has finally opened its doors in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Today, elated fans of HBO’s groundbreaking television program attended the official opening of the attraction and saw series stars Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Bran Stark”), Kristian Nairn (“Hodor”) and Nathalie Emmanuel “Missandei”) to gather for “Break the Chains” which had sealed the doors of the studio.
Set at one of the award-winning show’s original filming sites within Linen Mill Studios, the all-new Game of Thrones Studio Tour immerses fans in the world of Westeros and Essos like never before. Starting today, visitors can step into the real-life setting of Winterfell’s iconic Great Hall, where Jon Snow was declared the ‘King in the North’; admire the imposing dragon stone throne of Daenerys Targaryen and the Chamber of the Castle’s Painted Table; stand at Night’s Watch headquarters in Castle Black; explore the bizarre Hall of Faces and venture to King’s Landing.
Along the way, they’ll receive exclusive behind-the-scenes training on the series’ creative development process; design and creation of sets and props; visual and special effects work; costume design and manufacture; and the artistry of make-up and prosthetics that allowed for the construction of an elaborate and believable fantasy world, down to the smallest detail.
Developed under license with Warner Brothers Consumer Products and in partnership with HBO Licensing and Retail, it is the world’s only officially licensed permanent Game of Thrones. Seventy-five percent of the series was filmed in Northern Ireland, with one-third filmed at Linen Mill Studios.
“February 4th truly represents an extremely exciting new chapter in the history of Game of Thrones,” said Linen Mill Studios executive directors Andrew Webb and David Browne. “After many years of planning, designing and building, we are thrilled to finally open our doors to guests and allow them to experience the Seven Kingdoms closer than ever on the world’s first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour. .”
“Housed in one of the original filming studios, this incredible and unique experience brings the creation of Game of Thrones to life through a wide range of authentic sets, props and costumes, as well as immersive interactive elements. and exclusive behind-the-scenes content,” they added. “We’re proud to be part of an ongoing Game of Thrones legacy that will delight current and future fans of the series, as well as those interested in the artistry needed to deliver an iconic production.”
“It’s a first for Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to launch a world-class attraction in Northern Ireland where fans can explore, up close and personal, a huge range of authentic settings, as well as a comprehensive collection of costumes, props, room sets and more,” said Julian Moon, Head of Consumer Products Warner Bros. EMEA.
Moon continued, “We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Linen Mill Studios who helped bring this concept to life with the attention to detail, scale and depth of production that makes this experience so special. special and interesting. We’re proud to be part of the legacy of the beloved Game of Thrones franchise and can’t wait for fans around the world to step inside and immerse themselves in every corner of the Seven Kingdoms, and beyond. .
“As we prepare to relaunch overseas tourism this year, the opening of this world-class tourist attraction is great news for tourism in Northern Ireland, helping to significantly differentiate us in the very busy international market. competitive,” Niall noted. Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. “This will provide fans of the show and those interested in film and television making with yet another reason to book a trip to Northern Ireland.”
For more information, visit gameofthronesstudiotour.com.