Game of Thrones, the acclaimed HBO fantasy show, has some of the most impressive sets on TV, and eventually you’ll be able to visit them in person.
Entertainment Weekly reports that “several” famous sets in Northern Ireland are being turned into tourist attractions, including Winterfell and Castle Black.
HBO is calling them “Game of Thrones Legacy attractions.” You’ll be able to explore each location on foot and also look at exhibit displays of things like costumes, props, weapons, and other productional materials from the show.
Additionally, the sites will feature “state-of-the-art digital content and interactive materials” that highlight some of the TV magic that HBO used to bring Game of Thrones to life.
As EW points out, sets for TV shows and movies are often torn down or shut after shooting finishes. But Game of Thrones has been a major boon for tourism in Northern Ireland, and this new deal will surely help even more (and boost HBO’s bottom line further).
Some of the planned locations include the sets for Winterfell, Castle Black, and King’s Landing. There are also plans to offer a tour of Linen Mill Studios in Northern Ireland.
There is no word yet as to when the Game of Thrones sets will open for visitors or what it cost to visit them.
This won’t be the first time a major fantasy production’s set will be turned into a tourist spot. The Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand is open to tourists to see the Hobbit holes and drink beer at the Green Dragon Inn.
Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 2019. Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, says this season will be bigger than ever, to provide a fitting end to the series. It won’t be our last visit to Westeros though, as HBO is already producing a spin-off series.