Is winter coming? Fans hopeful doors will open soon at Game of Thrones ‘Winterfell’ set in Moneyglass

GAME ON...The 'Winterfell' set at Moneyglass is visible from the nearby road.

FANS of Game of Thrones are hoping they will soon be able to visit the ‘Winterfell’ set at Moneyglass.

THE CASTLE IS KING…The Winterfell set at Moneyglass.

 

It was announced in 2018 that the set was due to be opened to visitors and tourists.

2019 had been mentioned but it has yet to happen.

A Game of Thrones fan sent us a picture of the ‘Winterfell’ set in Moneyglass at the weekend.

He told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “The way the set is sitting at the moment would lead you to believe that tours are imminent.

“I can’t wait and it is sure to attract a lot of visitors to the area,” said the man.

Some of the most epic moments of the world-wide smash-hit TV series were filmed in Moneyglass.

In 2018 it was revealed that as Game of Thrones finished filming after a decade in Northern Ireland, HBO was celebrating the show’s incredible legacy in the region by converting several filming locations into tourist attractions.

The then Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey and we are thrilled to be working with HBO to bring this unique tourist experience to our area.

“We recognise the significant impact that Game of Thrones has had on Northern Ireland and in turn on our Borough and look forward to the legacy which will now be created’’.

“Tourism-led regeneration also features in the proposition and we were delighted that on 24 September, HBO announced their intentions to secure the legacy of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, by opening up four of the existing film sets as visitor experiences – including the Winterfell Castle in Moneyglass.

“I personally, and my fellow Councillors, are thrilled by this development which will bring a unique tourist attraction to the Borough, offering employment, supporting our accommodation and transport providers and increasing awareness of our other attractions. We are very much looking forward to working with HBO, in anticipation of the attraction opening in July 2019.”

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