WINTER is coming. The world’s only official Game Of Thrones studio tour, boasting props, costumes and special effects galore, has opened in Northern Ireland, where much of the show was filmed.
Fans of the swords and dragons HBO series finally have the opportunity to relive their favourite scenes and delve deep into all things Westeros at Linen Mill Studios, in Banbridge, once a closed set and the original filming location.
The Game of Thrones Studio Tour (yes, it does what it says on the tin) transports visitors to the heart of the action on a self-guided stroll through the Seven Kingdoms. The attraction is believed to have cost in the region of £24 million, and is expected at attract fans from all round the world.
Along the way, you’ll step inside the iconic Great Hall at Winterfell where Jon Snow was proclaimed the King in the North, see Daenerys Targaryen’s imposing Dragonstone throne, and marvel at the intricate detail in the Hall of Faces.
From the Night’s Watch at Castle Black you’ll follow the raven’s flight to Winterfell, the ancestral home of House Stark. The mysteries of Dragonstone and House Targaryen will loom above you and a royal audience with House Lannister awaits.
Take a step back to the very beginning, so see how the written word of George R.R. Martin was brought to life in intricate concept sketches of King’s Landing, Castle Black and Winterfell before the unforgettable sets seen on screen were built.
Epic battles, fire-breathing dragons, vast armies of both the living and the dead spring to life thanks to the award-winning Game of Thrones Visual and Special Effects teams. You can learn the secrets behind the most thrilling scenes, before testing your own acting skills in an interactive screen experience.
In the lawless lands north of The Wall, lurk a multitude of mythical creatures, from White Walkers and Wildlings, to giants and the mysterious Children of the Forest.
Visitors to the tour can explore the artistry which created characters such as the Night King , creatures living in the Seven Kingdoms and far beyond.
There are the fabulous costumes that gave Game Of Thrones its distinctive look. Designers wanted to use authentic faded colours rather than the bright shiny outfits often seen in other fantasy shows.
Game of Thrones has aired in more than 207 countries, broken ratings records and over eight seasons became one of the most iconic series in television history. And, of course, prequel series House Of The Dragon launches soon.
Over the past decade, Northern Ireland has welcomed fans from around the globe to the “real-world Westeros” where they can explore the stunning landscapes, coastlines and mountains that have featured in the show’s most unforgettable scenes.
Note that you must book tickets in advance. The Studio Tour is located between Dublin and Belfast, and coach transfers from either city can be included in your ticket purchase.
There is no car parking onsite so you’ll need to park in the complimentary studio tour car park nearby and then catch the shuttle bus to the tour entrance.
A visit to the studio tour will generally take two to three hours but as the tour is self-guided, you can spend longer if you prefer. You can buy a digital audio guide when you’re booking your ticket.
Ticket prices are Adult £39.50, Child (5 to 15) £27.50, Student (16+) £31.50, Senior (66+) £31.50, Family (2 adults & 3 children) £115, Family (1 adult & 3 children) £109.
For more details see www.gameofthronesstudiotour.com