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Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland will be open for tourists from 2019

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Game of Thrones Season 8 will air in the first half of 2019 and probably, before the 2019 Emmys as confirmed by visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer. But what happens after this epic series ends once and for all? One thing is for sure that Game of Thrones will still be evergreen with the incomparable cast members, the amazing music, and the epic sets and locations. Well, at least HBO’s press release says so. Read on.

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In the press release HBO announced that even after Game of Thrones ends, it will be still remembered with the launch of Game of Thrones Legacy Experiencesin Northern Ireland – a prime shooting location of the series. According to the official press release:

As Game of Thrones finishes filming after a decade in Northern Ireland, HBO is celebrating the show’s incredible legacy in the region by converting several filming locations into tourist attractions. For the first time ever, fans of the Emmy® Award-winning series will have the unique opportunity to visit iconic sets from the show and immerse themselves in the world of Westeros.

Building on the success of past Game of Thrones live branded experiences, including the Touring Exhibition and Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, HBO will open up the archives and share them with the series’ loyal fans. In true Game of Thrones fashion, the Game of Thrones Legacy attractions will be on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen, offering the first opportunity for the public to set foot inside some of the most iconic locations from the series and behind the camera lens to see how the world’s biggest TV show was made. Each site will feature not only the breathtaking sets, but will also exhibit displays of costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models, and other production materials. The visitor experience will be enhanced by state-of-the-art digital content and interactive materials which will showcase some of the digital wizardry the series is known for.

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We guess this is great news for all Game of Thrones fans who think that its essence will fade away once the series ends. According to HBO’s Vice President for Licensing and Retail – Jeff Peters:

“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…We look forward to opening the gates and sharing the excitement of stepping inside these amazing sets with Game of Thrones fans from around the world. 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.”

For long, we’re already familiar with all the beautiful locations that Game of Thrones picks up for filming. These locations will be open to visitors from 2019. HBO’s press release also revealed:

Given the unique and impressive nature of the production work in Northern Ireland, HBO is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios which will showcase a wide array of subject matter from the series spanning all seasons and settings. A description of the full scope of the Game of Thrones Legacy project will be revealed at a later date after the exploratory process is completed. A tentative targeted open date is currently set for 2019.

https-2f-2fblueprint-api-production-2753833Moreover, according to the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Tourism – John McGrillen:

“We couldn’t be more excited about the Game of Thrones Legacy project coming to Northern Ireland. While fans have seen the stunning landscapes, coastlines and mountains in the series, we are thrilled they will now have the opportunity to fully experience the charm of Northern Ireland and immerse themselves in to the world of Westeros…”

“The Game of Thrones Legacy project will be a game changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level. We very much welcome this exciting announcement by HBO and look forward to welcoming many more visitors to our beautiful country as a result.”

What do you all think? Wouldn’t it be glorious for all of us to visit the Game of Thrones filming locations once in a lifetime? Tell us in the comments.

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