The Game of Thrones studio tour will hopefully be a little less bloody than the TV show…
And hopefully much better than season eight. But even despite our disappointment with the final season (or two), there’s still so much about the TV show that we love—the enormity of the world; the suspense of not knowing who will die next; Tyrion’s wit; the bad characters that do good things; and ice zombies.
So, when we heard that Banbridge in Northern Ireland was going to become the home of the Game of Thrones studio tour, we automatically turned out heads in their direction.
Linen Mill Studios – which was used as a filming location for many of Game of Thrones’ iconic scenes – is 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!