Game Of Thrones Filming Locations To Holiday In This Summer
Our Game of Thrones watch may be over but our love for the fictional kingdom of Westeros lives on. And thankfully the filming locations in D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s interpretation of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed A Song Of Ice And Fire novels are very much real. Want to see the walls of Kings Landing? The rugged coastline of Dragonstone? The city where Daenerys bought her army of Unsullied? The icy mountain range where Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand were held hostage by the Wildlings? Well, we’ve good news for you, as it’s all in the realm of possibility.
Here are four Game of Thrones locations to add to your travel list.
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
The most well-known of the Game of Thrones locations, Dubrovnik’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, served as King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros, since season two. Whether you want to take the shame-stairs of Cersei Lannister or gaze upon Fort Lovrijenac – which overlooks the fictional Blackwater Bay, be prepared for crowds as the hit HBO series has resulted in an explosive growth in tourism in Dubrovnik.
Since series two, various locations in Iceland have doubled as the expansive frozen wasteland that lies north of the wall. Svínafellsjökull Glacier, part of Iceland’s vast Vatnajökull glacier, was used as the Fist of the First Men, the icy mountain range where Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand were held hostage by the Wildlings. The black sand beaches of Vík doubled as Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, a port town where Wildings come ashore to trade with the men of the Night’s Watch. Grjótagjá Cave was the place where Jon and Ygritte cemented their love in season 3. And Stakkholtsgia Canyon was the filming location for the famous Wight ambush scene of in season 7.
Many locations in Spain take centre stage in season 7 – after Daenerys Targaryen, her dragons and army of Dothraki and Unsullied arrive in Westeros. Gaztelugatxe serves as the setting for Dragonstone. Itzurun Beach, two hours along the coast from Gaztelugatxe, stands in for the shores of Dragonstone while its wonderful caves are the ones Jon Snow ventures into in search of dragonglass. Elsewhere in the country, Castillo de Almodóvar del Río serves as the seat of House Tyrell (we were introduced into the magical castle in season 7 after Jamie Lannister ‘sack of Highgarden).
4. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is the home of one of the most well-known GOT locations, Castle Ward, a.k.a. Winterfell a.k.a. home of the Stark family. This historical property, which is part of the National Trust, offers guided theme tours and archery classes.
Which Game of Thrones location are you visiting first?