Game of Thrones filming locations – where was the show set?
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We are all familiar with ‘the biggest hit’ in HBO history. The story of Game of Thrones is set in an alternative medieval-style reality. The characters of the show work their schemes of power play throughout the imaginary continents of Westeros, Essos and Sothoryos. But do we know where the blockbuster was filmed? Read below to find out!
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1. Winterfell and the Kingdom of the North
The scenes in Winterfell were cast primarily in Northern Ireland, some also in Scotland. The directors used Castle Ward in Northern Ireland and Doune castle in Scotland to create the castle walls and exterior of Winterfell, the seat of house Stark.
The Starks find their infamous direwolves in the so-called haunted forest. This scene from Season 1 is very popular and a key element in the show story and the books. The haunted forest is re-created in Tollymore forest park, Northern Ireland.
Where to go if you want to see Winterfell: village of Strangford, village of Bryansford, Northern Ireland and village of Doune, Scotland.
2. The Wall and beyond
Castle Black is the notorious place where our favorite character Jon Snow spends most of his time in the story. Although not the only castle at the Wall, Castle Black appears the most on the show. The real location is in Magheramorne Quarry, Northern Ireland. Most of the Wall and the castle are CG, but real elements are included as well.
The scenes beyond the Wall where Jon Snow meets his first lover, Ygritte are actually in Iceland. The cast has returned there for the newest season 7 filming as well.
Magheramorne Quarry, “the wall”
Where to go if you want to see the Wall and beyond: town of Larne, Northern Ireland; eastern part of Iceland from lake Myvatn southeast to Vik.
3. The Iron Islands
We may not like the Greyjoys, but they play a big role in the TV show and an even bigger role in the books. The seat of their house, the Iron Islands is also in Northern Ireland (surprise, huh?)
Ballintoy Bay, the shore of the Iron Islands
Where to go if you want to see the Iron islands: town of Ballintoy and Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland.
4. City-states of Slaver’s Bay
We know the cities that form Slaver’s bay from Daenerys’ ventures throughout Essos. The mother of dragons, breaker of chains etc. made quite the travel. She became a real threat in Westeros after she “freed” the cities of Astapor, Yunkai and Mereen.
Although parts of Slaver’s bay were filmed again in Northern Ireland, the cities of Astapor, Yunkai and Mereen were recreated in Croatia and Morocco.
Where to go if you want to see Astapor: Essaouira, Morocco
Yunkai was the second city which Daenerys conquered after getting the Unsullied army in Astapor.
Where to go if you want to see Yunkai: Baska voda, Croatia and Aït Benhaddou village in Morocco
She took Mereen for her seat after her victory in Yunkai, as the show fans will remember.
Fortress of Klis
Where to go if you want to see Mereen: Fortress of Klis in the village of Klis; Baska voda; Diocletian’s palace in the city of Split, Croatia; towns of Peniscola and Osuna, Spain
Dorne is the southernmost kingdom in Westeros. House Martell ruled there since Aegon’s conquest, in the castle of Sunspear.
Where to go if you want to see Dorne: Castle of Zafra, Guadalajara, Spain. Sunspear is recreated in Alcazar of Seville, Spain.
6. King’s Landing
The capital of Westeros and the seat of (currently) vicious Queen Cersei is probably the most often portrayed place in the show. Needless to say, King’s Landing and the infamous Iron Throne have the central role in the show.
King’s Landing is fully recreated in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The city of Dubrovnik is beautiful and has ancient history. We have previously listed Dubrovnik as one of the top locations you must visit in 2018!
Dragonstone is the place where Aegon the conqueror landed to begin his conquest of the seven kingdoms. Dragonstone was the seat of Stannis Baratheon and is currently the seat of Daenerys Targaryan after she finally arrived on Westeros to claim her kingdom.
Chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Surprisingly, Dragonstone is not recreated in Northern Ireland, but is actually in Spain. The beautiful Chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is the basis on which they built the castle of Dragonstone.
Where to go if you want to see Dragonstone: island of Gaztelugatxe, Northern Spain.
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