03 May 2022
Northern Ireland’s major new global attraction has kicked off its first-ever tourist season this spring and is promising an epic day out.
The world’s first and only official Game of Thrones Studio Tour is offering a giant Northern Ireland welcome to fans of the show this springtime – and something for everyone whether they have watched the record-breaking HBO TV series or not.
Located 40 minutes from Belfast at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, County Down, where many key moments and a significant proportion of the show’s Northern Ireland-based filming took place, the tour reveals the world of Westeros as never before.
Bringing an epic new style of attraction to Northern Ireland, the Game of Thrones Studio Tour is packed with the famous sets of King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and beyond. Fans can also delve into incredible props, weaponry, and the show’s visual effects, and learn more about the skills and craftmanship that brought the TV show to life on screen.
At over 100,000 sq ft, the immersive, interactive experience evokes the show’s huge scale. The interactivity enables tour goers to star in their own new Game of Thrones® adventure. Featuring a world of heroes, villains, giants and dragons, fan and ‘Thrones’ newbies alike can enter a land of ice and fire where kings and queens do battle, and weekend warriors become knights of the realm.
Some of the show’s main cast have already experienced what the tour has to offer, including Natalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran). Ian McElhinney (Ser Barristan Selmy), Natalia Tena (Osha) and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) have also relived the remarkable 10 years of filming Game of Thrones® in Northern Ireland.
Belfast-born Ian Beattie, whose villainous character Ser Meryn Trant was a knight of the Kingsguard in the Emmy-award winning show has also dropped in. He says visitors will be “blown away” by the experience.
“The Studio Tour is absolutely stunning. It’s an absolute must for any fan of the show, or even fans of TV and film. Everything you see was used on Game of Thrones® – the costumes, the props, the sets that we walked on! It’s an excellent insight into what went on behind the scenes, and personally I have been blown away by it.”
The tour has something for everyone, with General Manager Brad Kelly, saying he’s surprised by how many people have journeyed through the attraction without having watched the show.
He added: “It’s almost every day that we meet visitors who haven’t yet watched Game of Thrones®. One visitor recently told us she had been meaning to watch it for the past 10 years but hadn’t found the time. As soon as she left, she said she was going straight home to start watching.
“A lot of visitors who have watched Game of Thrones® are inspired to watch it again, and then come back to the Studio Tour and find some of the many hidden secrets of the show’s production!”
To mark its first spring season, Game of Thrones Studio Tour has launched a special family bundle ticket that allows children under 15 to experience the world behind the camera in a real-life studio for free. There are also special family meal deals in the tour’s Studio Café this spring. Tickets can be bought online at www.gameofthronesstudiotour.com
Costumes worn on set of Game of Thrones
Special and Visual Effects
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