Game of thrones – Ultimate travel guide
Game of Thrones is lauded for its lush world-building and the visually stunning way production designers. They have brought George R.R. Martin’s rich, complicated world to life
Game of Thrones is, after all, a study in mind-blowing landscapes. Frigid wastelands and forests beyond the Wall, the amply-treed Kingsroad, turquoise waters across the Narrow Sea, and the sunny, medieval King’s Landing.
Many of GOT recurring sets are filmed at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast. But the show shoots largely on-location, primarily in Northern Ireland and Iceland for scenes in the North, and Croatia and Spain for the South. Cast members who have scenes beyond the Wall have been known to film on lands buried in feet of snow.
Northern Ireland, Iceland, Malta, Morocco
Croatia and Spain
It is such an impressive roster of medieval cities and stunning islands on their shoot list. Should not come as no surprise that a GOT location tour around Europe would make for a great vacation. For all you travel junkies out there, we’ve compiled the ultimate Game of Thrones travel guide.
The Azure Window can be seen behind Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding. In the show’s first season, the city of Mdina was the setting for King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Gozo, Malta’s smaller sister island, was the setting for the Dothraki Wedding in the show’s first season.
Fort Manoel in Malta was used as a location where Ned Stark met his end on king Joeffrey orders.
While the pilot episode was shot at Doune Castle Scotland, shots of Winterfell took place at Ward Castle, Northern Ireland. The scene when the Stark boys found a litter if direwolf puppies in the forest took place in Tallymore Forest Park.
Iron Islands, the Harbour of Ballintoy was redressed as the port of Pyke. The episode introduces the new location of Pyke, the Greyjoys’ seat of power on the Iron Islands. Scenes set there were filmed at in County of Antrim.
The Dothraki Sea, known as Great Grass Sea, is The Glens of Antrium in Northern Ireland.The grandest road in the land, Kingsroad, also filmed in Ireland.
The shore where burning of seven took place was filmed at Downhill Beach in Northern Ireland.
One of the Game Of Thrones creepiest scenes features Lady Melisandre giving birth to a “shadow”. It was filmed at the Caves at Cushendum in County Antrim.
The scenes beyond The Wall have been filmed at many locations around Iceland. Most notably the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the Hverfjall volcano, and Vatnajokull glacier.
Jon Snow and his Wildling love interest Ygritte get intimate inside the lava cave Grjotagja, Iceland.
When not standing in a studio, Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia, stand in for the city of King’s Landing.
Lokrum, Adriatic Sea island, was used for filming scenes in the “Greatest City That Ever Was or Will Be”. Otherwise known as Qarth. The Benedictine Monastery stood in as Xaro Xhaon Daxos mansion.
When Daenerys dragons are stolen staying in the city of Quarth, she is led to the House of Undying. This was shot inside the walls of Minčeta tower.
Everyone’s favorite Faceless Man, Arya Stark, arrives in the free city of Bravos. Filming actually took place in Šibenik, a gorgeous and historical city in Croatia.
Season three introduces the Slaver’s Bay city of Astapor. Here Daenarys meets the army of the Unsullied. Principal photography was shot in the Moroccan city of Essaouira.
Scenes taking place in Yunkai and Pentos were filmed at the fortified city of Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco.
The fans favorite House of Martel the Water Palaces of Dome home. All actually filmed at the Alcazar de Sevilla in Spain.
The Long Bridge in the free city of Volantis, used the Roman bridge in Cordoba , Spain.