Visiting Game of Thrones Filming Locations
VISITING GAME OF THRONES FILMING LOCATIONS
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular fantasy TV Series. It’s been hard to find someone that isn’t talking about it. Now Game of Thrones has come to an end after eight seasons, maybe you fancy taking a trip to some of the filming locations? Here is some information on visiting Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland, Croatia and Malta.
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KING’S LANDING AKA DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
First of all, Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, was the main filming site for King’s Landing. The Old Town of Dubrovnik provides an amazing backdrop for filming. Therefore no scenery or special effects were needed for this filming location. You can even walk the vast city walls which have featured throughout the seasons. European cities have many Old Towns, however there is something a little bit special about Dubrovnik. Additionally, the city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Main Street (the Stradun) is entirely made of white marble.
St. Dominic Street features as the filming location for most of the market scences. The exterior of the Ethnographic Museum Ripe, features as the brothel of Littlefinger, where most will remember Tyrion Lannister met Oberyn Martell in Season 4. Ploče Gate, located at the East Entrance to Dubrovnik Old Town, appears as the Red Keep Gate in the series. Rector’s Palace, features in scenes from Season 2. Where Daenerys Targaryen asks the Spice King of Qarth for ships to take her army across the Narrow Sea.
Most will recognise the Jesuit Staircase from the infamous scenes of Cersei Lannister’s “Walk of Shame” in Season 5. Check out the beautiful church at the top of these steps. Oh, and please don’t recreate this scene, people will not appreciate it.
Secondly, The Gate of Mdina, in Malta appears as the Gate of King’s Landing in Season 1, Episode 3. Mdina is one of the best preserved ancient walled cities in Europe, and will give you all of the Game of Thrones vibes. Also, The Mesquita Square in Mdina also appeared in the series, it was here that Jamie Lannister and his spearmen attacked Ned Stark and his guards in Season 1, Episode 5.
Fort Ricasoli, can be seen from the Grand Harbour, it features as the Gate of Gods of King’s Landing. Making appearances in Season 1, episodes 3 & 5.
Fort Saint Angelo, which is at the centre of the Grand Harbour was the Red Keep Prison and Underground Chambers. Used in Season 1, and the location of Ned Stark’s imprisonment before his beheading.
In the Buskett Gardens, is Verdala Palace which was the exterior for Illyrio Mopatis’s mansion in Pentos. In Season 1, it is the filming location for the meeting of Khal Drogo, Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen, before the wedding. This palace is closed to the public, due to it being the summer residence of Malta’s President. However, you can admire the views from outside. Mthaleb Cliffs featured in Season 1, in the Dothraki Camp Scenes. The Azure Window on Gozo, is one of the most famous sites of Malta, however it is no longer there. The window collapsed in 2017, after heavy storms. It appears in the wedding of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen in Season 1. St. Dominic’s Convent in Rabat, features in Season 1, and is where Ned Stark confronts Cersei Lannister about the true parentage of her children being her brother Jamie, not King Robert.
THE NORTH AKA NORTHERN IRELAND
Additionally, Northern Ireland is home to more Game of Thrones filming location than anywhere else. So this is a must-do for GOT fans. You can take a tour from Belfast or rent a car and drive yourself, that way you can see everything and take your time. I took a day tour, which was great. But, some sites were very touristy so if you can travel by yourself and choose when you go, you can hopefully see everything without all the people in your photos!
Visit Ballintoy Harbour, used as the Port of Pyke in the Iron Islands in the Series. Ballintoy Harbour is one of the most photogenic places in Northern Ireland. Carnlough Harbour featured in Season 6, Episode 7, when Arya Stark jumps into the water to escape and then crawls up the steps to Braavos (and by movie magic appeared in King’s Landing).
Cushenden Caves featured in Season 2, Episode 4 as the birthplace of the Shadow Baby. Besides, I think it’s pretty crazy that they fit a whole film crew in here. However, it is such a beautiful location, it isn’t hard to see why it was used.
MORE GAME OF THRONES SITES IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Larrybane Quarry is used in Season 2 as Renly Baratheon’s Camp. Also, next to this is Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which despite not featuring in the season is definitely worth a visit, for the beautiful views.
The ruins of Dunluce Castle appear as Pyke Castle, House of Greyjoy.
Additionally, Titanic Studios in Belfast, is where filming using sets took place for GOT. Titanic Studios is one of the largest film studios in Europe.
Dark Hedges features as the King’s Road in GOT. Our tour also had costumes and swords you could use to get a fun photo! Our tour group arrived at the same time as others did, so it was very busy there.
Inch Abbey appeared as the site of the Battle of the Whispering Wood, in Season 1, Episode 10. River Quoile served as the filming location for Riverrun in the Riverlands. Castle Ward was the setting for the home of the Starks, Winterfell. Murlough Bay, is known in the Seven Kingdoms as Slaver’s Bay. Downhill Beach is the location of Dragonstone, as is the Fairhead Cliffs. The Haunted Forest in GOT is actually the Tollymore Forest Park.
FIND THE GAME OF THRONES DOORS
Because storm Gertrude struck the dark hedges in 2016, the wood from two trees that fell was used to carve 10 doors. These each tells the story from each episode of Season 6. These doors are dotted about Northern Ireland, mainly in pubs. You can find them in:
- Frank Owens, Limavady
- The Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy
- Gracehill House, Stranocum
- Mary McBride’s, Cushendun
- Ballygally Castle, Ballygally
- The Dark Horse, Belfast
- Fiddler’s Green, Portaferry
- The Cuan, Strangford
- Percy French, Newcastle
- Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen
Also, try on Cersei Lannister’s Crown at Steensons Jewellers. And admire their other GOT creations!
Fancy seeing more? Other locations include:
- Croatia: Sibenik, Kliss Fortress, Krka National Park, Split,
- Iceland: Grjótagjá Cave, Thingvellir, Lake Myvatn, Vatnajokull, Dimmuborgir,
- Spain: Seville, Cordoba
- Morocco: Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou, Essaouira,
In conclusion, I hope you enjoy this post. Please let me know about your GOT inspired adventures. I will update this post if I visit anymore locations.
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