Most Iconic Game of Thrones Filming Locations You Can Visit
Though all the blood, family feuds and dead walkers may dominate the headlines, we shouldn’t forget just how beautiful the seven kingdoms are in Game of Thrones. And while they may seem far removed from reality, most of the settlements in the hit HBO show are easier to visit and more spectacular in the flesh than you may realise. So from the cobbled streets of Croatia to the ice-lands of… well, Iceland, we take a look at the most iconic locations in Game of Thrones you can visit.
Location: Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland
Right from the very first episode of GoT, Winterfell has been the setting for some of the show’s most important storylines. Traditional seat of House Stark, Winterfell has been filmed since Day 1 at Castle Ward in County Down, Northern Ireland. The site is open to visitors, with its vast grounds usually cycled round due to its size. As well as partaking in some archery, you can also explore the forest where the Starks find their direwolves.
Location: Alcázar, Seville, Spain
One of the most opulent settings in the show, the palace of Dorne seen in series five is filmed at Seville’s stunning royal palace. Complete with its lush gardens, elaborately tiled courtyards and gilded ceilings, the palace was originally founded in the 10th century, making the moorish fortress the oldest European palace still to be used today.
Location: Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country, Spain
Another Spanish location of on our list (and far from our last), the latest series of Game of Thrones saw Daenerys Targaryen finally land on Westeros through the gigantic stairs of Dragonstone. Former home of Stannis Baratheon, Dragonstone is filmed at the iconic ancient monastery of Gaztelugatxe, off the coast of Biscay, Spain. Located just an hour’s drive away from Bilbao, the monastery is perfect for a picturesque day trip where you can climb up the winding stone steps.
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Probably the most well-known of all Game of Thrones locations, Dubrovnik in Croatia has played the role of King’s Landing ever since series two. The Old Town in Dubrovnik is perfect for the capital of Westeros with its maze of stone cathedrals and terracotta-roofed houses.
Location: Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Córdoba, Spain
Whilst the fairy-tale castle of Highgarden had been regularly mentioned throughout the show, it was only when Jaime Lannister’s unexpectedly sieged it in series seven that we got our first glimpse of the seat of House Tyrell. The setting was the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río in Córdoba, Spain. Originally a Roman fort, the castle was conquered and rebuilt by the moors in 760 and offers incredible views of the Guadalquivir river below.
Location: Trujillo Castle, Cáceres, Spain
But Highgarden wasn’t only another ancestral seat we saw for the first time in season seven. Casterly Rock, the stronghold of House Lannister, was also finally seen having been taken by Daenerys without much of a fight. The fortress was actually Trujillo, a Spanish medieval castle that hosted several battles between the moors and Christians.
Location: Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
It may have only been really seen in series three, but Yunkai played a big role in making of the Mother of Dragons. All of the cities’ scenes were filmed at Aït Benhaddou in Morocco, a fortified city on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the city is no stranger to filming having played host to the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Location: Peñíscola, Castellón, Spain
The setting for the great battle between the Sons of the Harpy and the Unsullied in season five, Meereen is filmed at Peñíscola in Spain, a fortified seaport set on a rocky cliff of the Med. As well as featuring a castle built by the Knights Templar, Peñíscola also has a historic lighthouse which offers stunning views across the ocean.
Location: Vík, Iceland
Iceland has long been a favourite filming location for Game of Thrones ever since they headed north of The Wall in series two, and one of their favourite locations to film is on the vast black sand beaches of Vík. Most recently the south coast Icelandic town was used as the setting for Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, a port town where Wildlings trade with the men of the Night’s Watch, but was just used by Jon Snow and his band of Merry Men to head into the blizzards and face the White Walkers.