As Game of Thrones comes to an end next year, fans will get a chance to step into Westeros with their own two feet.
To help celebrate the ending to one of the most popular television shows if all time, HBO is opening the doors to some of the Game of Thrones sets in Northern Ireland.
Fans will get the chance to stand in the middle of Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing. HBO is currently working on flipping these famous sets into tourist attractions and ready for 2019.
According to Deadline, Winterfell was filmed at Castle Ward in County Down, Castle Black was filmed in a quarry in Magheramorne, and Kings Landing shots were filmed near Armoy. HBO is also planning on having tours available of Linen Mill Studios.
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Jeff Peters, the Vice President of Licensing and Retail at HBO said the idea for preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit the sets is to help celebrate Game of Thrones by giving fans the opportunity to explore Westeros in person. He said,
“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.”
And apparently, Northern Ireland is stoked about HBO’s plans, too, because it’s sure to bring tons of tourism to the area.
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ll never forget the feeling of being at Universal Studios in Orlando, rounding a corner, and seeing Hogwarts with my own two eyes, or standing in the middle of Hogsmeade. I’ll never forget my first taste of Butterbeer.
I am so here for HBO doing this for loyal Game of Thrones fans, like myself. Excuse me while I go book my flight!