As one of the most popular television shows of all time, it’s become common for people to start asking more about Game of Thrones filming locations. Whether it’s to determine what has and hasn’t been created digitally, or to experience a holiday to iconic settings as part of their own Game of Thrones tour, being able to seek out the precise settings gives fans of the hit show the chance to discover an eclectic array of settings.
Many of the Game of Thrones filming locations are, perhaps to some surprise, easily accessible to travellers of all ages and with budgets of all sizes. In fact, there is no exotic or far-flung filming location that is beyond the means of your own travel. From booking cheap flights to pitching up in accommodation that is affordable and comfortable, taking on the challenge of seeking out the Game of Thrones filming locations is easy. You may even find time to recreate scenes from the iconic show during your visit… but you’ll have to supply your own dragons.
Below, we take a look at some of the most recognisable settings from the show, and highlight where in the Seven Kingdoms you can explore on a shoestring budget.
Where else to begin than by looking at the capital – and the largest – city of the Seven Kingdoms: King’s Landing. It’s here where all manner of horrific and memorable scenes from the show have taken place, with the iconic Red Keep – the seat of the crown – overlooking Blackwater Bay and the Narrow Sea. It’s also where the main antagonists of the series – the Lannister family – currently reside, plotting the downfall of their enemies and securing their reign over the kingdom in any manner possible.
WHERE IS IT?
Like many other Game of Thrones filming locations, King’s Landing is in fact in a destination that has been rapidly developing its tourism industry over the past decade. The Croatian city of Dubrovnik features magnificent and supremely photogenic architecture that makes it the perfect setting for the seat of the crown. While scenes for King’s Landing’s exterior were actually shot in Malta during Season 1 of the show, the coastal castle-town of Dubrovnik has become recognisable as the setting of King’s Landing activity, with the narrow streets, winding alleys, classic architecture, and clear blue waters perfect casting for the role!
KINGDOM OF THE NORTH
Even those with the barest knowledge of the Game of Thrones world will doubtless be aware of the renowned saying, ‘Winter is coming’. Whether it’s from internet memes, countless television parodies, or marketing campaigns bearing the slogan, the origins of the saying begin with House Stark and the Kingdom of the North. Here, the Stark family rule over the people from Winterfell, set some 1,000 miles north of King’s Landing.
WHERE IS IT?
Finding a filming location that works perfectly for exterior and interior requirements is far from simple. As such, it’s often a case that a number of settings will be used, and for Game of Thrones’ Winterfell, the complexity of filming is substantial.
Initial exterior shots were taken at Doune Castle in Scotland, with Northern Ireland’s Castle Ward being used thereafter throughout the first season. The Winterfell crypts, meanwhile, can be found at Shane’s Castle, also in Northern Ireland.
PRINCIPALITY OF DORNE
The southernmost member of the Seven Kingdoms, exotic Dorne is a semi-autonomous principality overseen by the Martells, with the ruling leader adorned (no pun intended) with the title of Prince. Only introduced in Season 5 of the Game of Thrones television series, the stunning architecture and golden hues are demonstrative of the luxury on offer in the capital of Sunspear.
WHERE IS IT?
Much of the photography for Dorne was conducted in Spain, with the Moorish and medieval architecture perfect for representing the opulence of the principality. Plus, with author George RR Martin heavily influenced by medieval Spain when creating Dorne, it’s perhaps only fitting that Seville and Cordoba were used to portray the home of the Martells.
According to the history of Game of Thrones, the Night’s Watch has origins some 8,000 years old. Protecting the Seven Kingdoms from threats beyond the northern borders, the brotherhood resides at the 700-foot high Wall, with those who don take the oath living side-by-side within Castle Black.
WHERE IS IT?
Of course, there is no 700-foot wall of ice betwixt the living and the dead (or at least, that’s what ‘they’ want you to believe – Ed.), so we’ll have to attribute that purely to great CGI. However, for Castle Black, a trip to Northern Ireland is essential, with Magheramorne Quarry used to recreate the residence of the Lord Commander and the Night’s Watch.
We’ll be continuing to add to the above selection of Game of Thrones filming locations in the future, so keep coming back to find out more about some of the stunning locations used to represent this fantasy land. Don’t forget to like and share this article on Facebook too!