Spend Your Next Vacation Pretending to Be Daenerys

There’s already a “Winterfell Festival” in Northern Ireland.
There’s already a “Winterfell Festival” in Northern Ireland.
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Are you keen to immerse yourself in the world of Game of Thrones? Dying to stand on a rock outcropping featured in the show itself, make a stern face, and announce, “I am Daenerys Stormborn!”? Then you’ll have to book a ticket to Northern Ireland, where HBO is turning filming locations into a proper tourist attraction.

Variety reports:

HBO announced plans to convert several “Game of Thrones” filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions. The premium programmer is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations from the show such as Winterfell (pictured above), Castle Black and Kings Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will showcase material from the series spanning all seasons and settings.


The attractions will be “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen,” according to HBO. And: “Each site will feature the sets from the show as well as exhibits of ‘GOT’ costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models, and other production materials,” Variety notes. Apparently, they’re shooting (tentatively) for a 2019 opening.

Congress to Northern Ireland for playing the long game on this one—practically as long as the show has been on air, they’ve been working to parlay their participation into increased tourism; remember when Queen Elizabeth popped by for a visit?

Personally, I cannot imagine anywhere I want to be less than Westeros. To each their own!

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

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This is literally one of the most brilliant and(to me) unappealing ideas I’ve ever heard of. And enough stupid people who want to insert themselves as Danaerys “imperialistic white saviour from a semi-feminist work of early nineties fantasy” Targaryen that this business venture will likely succeed beyond measure.

I’m trying to get through the second book in the series(which I have been highly advised is much better than the tv show) and I honestly have to say it’s slow going. Literally the only likeable character that’s really appealed to me is Sansa Stark. Everyone else is just boring and terrible.

I do have to give GRRM props, tho, I’ve never seen such a good “take that” of the nineties “edgy dark fantasy aesthetic”. Some of these characters literally fell out of some of my gamig acquaintancesstupid “I’m so cool and angsty, look at my sadness” characters.