‘Game of Thrones’ official studio tour will open in Northern Ireland in 2020

Ahead of the show’s return next weekend, here’s some exciting Game of Thrones news.

The eighth and final season begins on Sunday 14th April on HBO in the USA and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s series of novels, the Game of Thrones TV series began in 2011.

The six feature-length episodes will bring the hugely popular fantasy drama saga to an epic conclusion this summer.

Watch the Season 8 trailer:

However, don’t worry about you’re going to cope without Game of Thrones in your life, as it’s just been confirmed that a studio tour will be opening next year, featuring sets and props from the show.

The brand new fan experience will be based at The Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Island.

Located about 25 miles southwest of Belfast, it’s where lots of Winterfell and Castle Black scenes have been shot.

The official announcement reads: “Featuring a compelling mix of behind-the-scenes insights, interactive elements, and expansive, fully dressed sets, fans will wander in the very footsteps of Westeros’s most prominent residents, re-living key moments from the series and standing right where they took place.

“The new 110,000-square-foot interactive space will feature a deeply immersive and sensory experience as well as a first-of-its-kind collection of informative displays highlighting the production spaces and craftsmanship and artistry of the creative teams who brought the epic series to life.”

The studio tour is set to open in spring 2020.

Apparently the Harry Potter Studio Tour just outside London has been cited as an inspiration for this new Game of Thrones attraction.

HBO’s Jeff Peters told The New York Times: “It’s going to be an immersive experience where fans will feel like they are inside their favorite sets from the show.”

While there aren’t currently plans to open a Game of Thrones attraction in America, Peters says “it’s possible,” adding: “We get pitched all the time, and we’re open to a lot of different opportunities.”

The complete Season 1-7 box set is available on DVD on Amazon.