Okay, maybe “theme park” is a little bit of a stretch. But starting in 2019, you can visit filming sites in Northern Ireland. After 10 years and some of the most incredible television ever, fans dread saying goodbye. But they will have a chance to visit the closest thing to Westeros outside of Game of Thrones.
What We Know So Far
The standing sets you will be able to visit include Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing. There will also be exhibits of costumes, weapons, and props used in the show. HBO also promises an interactive digital experience—maybe some kind of augmented reality app?
HBO is also considering a studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, the soundstage where interiors for the series were filmed.
“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,” HBO’s Vice President of Licensing and Retail Jeff Peters said. “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.”
The World of Westeros
Fans have already made pilgrimages to the filming sites around Northern Ireland, a small country that is formally part of the United Kingdom. Naturally, it’s been a huge boost for tourism, and that should only improve once the Game of Thrones Legacy project opens in 2019.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” enthused John McGrillen, Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive of Tourism. “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.”