- In 2019, “Game of Thrones” superfans will be able to visit sets for filming locations in Northern Ireland.
- HBO is converting production locations into tourist attractions for the show’s fans.
- The smash hit is filmed around the world, which has increased tourism to filming locations, but not every city has welcomed the attention.
“Game of Thrones” fans will be able to blur the line between real life and fantasy starting in 2019.
HBO’s mega-popular series is drawing to a conclusion next year, but “Game of Thrones” diehards will be able to keep the fantasy alive by visiting sets for filming locations like Winterfell, Castle Black and Kings Landing in Northern Ireland. As HBO plans to transform some of the locations into tourist attractions, fans will be treated to a studio tour in Banbridge in Northern Ireland where they can see costumes, props, set decorations and weapons that were used in the show.
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No word on the price of admission for these HBO attractions yet, but travelers will have to budget for round-trip airfare to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Flights to the capital for next winter will set visitors leaving from New York City back around $600.
Add in lodging, transportation once there, food, souvenir money and other incidentals, and you’re looking at a trip that could cost a few thousand dollars.
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Since its debut, “Game of Thrones” has attracted a cult-like following, and fans have already been making pilgrimages to known filming locations in Spain, Croatia, Malta and Iceland.
The show’s popularity has spurred unaffiliated “Game of Thrones” vacation packages for fans who crave a more immersive experience. A private 10-day tour of Morocco and Spain, for example, takes fans through filming locations from seasons 3 and 5 and from “the long summer of Westeros to the ostentatious power of the Slaver’s Bay.” The tour for two people starts at $4,699.
Gray Line Iceland, an Icelandic company, provides fans “expert narration with behind-the-scenes stories” on an eight-hour tour through Iceland for $121.
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The economic boost and tourism bump come at a cost to some of the ancient cities that were caught off guard by the influx of visitors. One Dubrovnik, Croatia, local told USA Today that “it’s like living in the middle of Disneyland.”
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