Written by Shona Smith on Apr 26, 2019. Posted in General Interest

Northern Ireland’s Linen Mill Studios set to open Game of Thrones Studio tour in Spring 2020

Having provided production services for the series early on, the film studio located half way between Belfast and Dublin will be the first of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones Legacy’ sites to open in Northern Ireland.  

Now broadcasting the final in the wildly popular Game of Thrones series, HBO's licensing & retail department have teamed up with the crew and creatives that provided production facilities and services to the fantasy series in Northern Ireland. Upon openin in 2020, fans will be able to visit the filming locations in Northern Ireland.

Linen Mills Studios will house a 110,000 square foot interactive experience bringing visitors face-to-face with original set pieces, props and weapons used to create the worlds of Westeros and Eteros.

Northern Ireland has played a large role in the series, providing multiple real world settings for on location shoots. The studio facilities at Linen Mills Studios were utilised from early on because of their extensive backlot. Other studios in the nation including Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, as well as Titanic Studios were called upon over the course of its series.

Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing & retail at HBO 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 Game of Thrones legacy projects.    HBO-Game-of-Thrones-Studio-Tour

Andrew Webb, managing director at Linen Mill Studios concluded, “Linen Mill Studios is thrilled, in partnership with HBO, to have this opportunity to offer fans a unique insight into the making of the Game of Thrones series in the authentic setting of one of its foremost filming locations. We are committed to giving fans the opportunity to experience first-hand the most comprehensive selection of iconic elements from the show available anywhere in the world”.

The tour is set to bring King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and lands beyond as well as Mereen and Braavos to life for over eleven million visitors. The production spaces and artistry of the creative teams will also be highlight in displays showing the costume department, make-up and prosthetics, and armoury departments.

Productions centred in Northern Ireland benefit from the UK High-End TV Tax Relief, offering a 25% tax rebate on projects with a minimum core expenditure of GBP1 million per broadcast hour. In addition, Northern Ireland Screen has a fund available to feature film and TV that provides up to 25% of local spend.

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