Where is Game of Thrones filmed you ask? We've got the answers.
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular series in TV history. It's no wonder it has sparked a tourism boom everywhere it is shot. Once a destination becomes a part of the Game of Thrones filming locations, you can bet tourists will flock to see it.
Here are the tops spots we've visited that are the backdrop for the stunning landscapes of the seven kingdoms!
7 Game of Thrones Filming Locations
We've had the chance to visit many of Game of Thrones Filming locations around the world and can understand why it is such a visually beautiful movie.
Producers have chosen wisely when picking sets around the world. Game of Thrones filming locations take place on two continents and eight different countries.
If you love adding an element of entertainment into your travels, here's a round up of the best and most scenic places Game of Thrones is filmed around the world.
1. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland probably has the most extensive Game of Thrones experiences for travellers. Its main headquarters are in Belfast and several scenes are shot around the country.
The magic happens in Belfast at Titanic Studios. The Titanic Museum is one of the greatest attractions to Northern Ireland, and while you are there, venture a little further down the road to see the sound stages where Game of Thrones scenes are shot.
Castle Ward located in Downpatrick in County Down, Castle Ward is probably the most organized tours of all Game of Thrones filming locations. Everything is dedicated to enjoying your day in Westeros. You can even don a fur cape and learn to shoot a bow and arrow just like Bran did when John Snow taught him in the courtyard while the family looked on in Season 1.
Selected Northern Ireland GoT Tours
Game of Thrones Locations and Causeway Tours - This day tour leave from Dublin stops at the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle (The inspiration for Harrenhal) Ballintoy Harbour where Theon Greyjoy came back to Iron Islands, Cushendun caves where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow killer and includes a stop at the Giant's Causeway.
Game of Thrones Day Tour to Castle Ward - A day tour from Belfast with GOT stops from seasons 1 through 6. This stop takes you to 20 Game of Thrones filming locations including Tollymore forest park where the dire wolf pups were discovered, Castle Ward Estate that is used for Winterfell, and Inch Abbey where Rob Stark was crowned King of the North.
Game of Thrones from Belfast - This tour not only takes you to iconic Game of Thrones locations, it also stops at the legendary Giant's Causeway. Stops inclue, Dark Hedges, Glens of Antrim, Cushenden Caves, Ballintoy Harbour and more!
Watch our video experience of The Game of Thrones.
Other notable Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland are the Dark Hedges, The Glens of Antrim, Ballintoy Harbour, and Mussenden Temple.
We all love John Snow and the Knight's watch. The majority of these scenes are filmed in Iceland. Iceland was made for movies. Its landscape is out of this world and it feels like you are visiting a fantasy land when driving around the Ring Road.
Stop at the gorges of gorge at Þingvellir to see where the White Walkers come from. See Þjorsárdalur and the "Settlement Era Viking Lodge or check out the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, where Mance Rayder Explore the haunted Forest where Sam and Lord Commander were attacked by white walkers.
And stop at Grjótagjá, the cave where Jon Snow and Ygritte sneak away for some frisky business.
While staying at a hotel near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, we were told that the Game of Thrones cast and crew stayed there for weeks working during the short filming days.
Notable real-life Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland are: Höfðabrekka located near Vík, the southernmost city of Iceland, the Vatnajökull glacier, (Europe’s largest ice cap), Lake Myvatn, and the lava field near the town of Húsavik.
Game of Thrones started filming in Spain for Season Six. The cast and crew really got around Spain traveling up and down the country.
Top Game of Thrones locations in Spain are:
- Girona: Kings Landing and Bravos
- Seville: Several scenes were shot at the Roman ruins of Italica and the Seville Stockyards. The Palaza de Torres was used for the fighting pit in Mareen, and the Alcázar several locations in Dorne
- Guadalajara: You'll find the castle of Joy in Dorne at the Castillo de Zafra
- Barcelona: Is where the House of Tarly scenes are shot
- Cordoba: The Long Bridge
Other Game of Thrones locations in Spain include: Valencia, Alhamila mountains, and Andalusia.
You can book a Game of Thrones walking tour in Girona and it's only a matter of time before GoT tours start popping up all around Spain.
Croatia is where much of the Daenerys and Kings Landing storyline takes place. Dubrovnik's old city have been used extensively for Kings Landing since season two and there are plenty of places that you will recognize.
The walls have been used for the battle of Blackwater, for tournaments, for walking shots and markets Other filming locations are Sibenik and Split.
Selected Croatia Game of Thrones Tours
Split GoT Walking Tour - Walk through the land of the Unsullied where Khaleesi plots her revenge. Split is where much of the dragons and Khaleesi storyline takes place and you'll feel as if you've been transported to the 7 Kingdoms.
Dubrovnik Private GoT Tour - This private tour includes a local guide and round trip transportation through Dubrovnik. The stunning setting for Kings Landing where Cersei, Tyrion, Jamie and King Joffrey, spent many days wandering the streets, palaces and walls.
Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour - This group tour takes you through Dubrovnik showcasing scenes from Game of Thrones like Cersei's walk of shame, and her daughter's departe to Dorne.
1.5 Hour Walking Tour - This short walking tour will help you get your bearings to explore more of Dubrovnik on your own. Highlights include scenes from King's Landing in the Old Town and the Fort of St. Lawrence,
The cast and crew didn't exactly shoot on location in Meteora, but second unit was sent out to shoot plates of the magnificent Meteora Monasteries.
It was used as its backdrop for the Eyrie castle in the sky, the castle above the clouds where Tyrion had his cell in the sky.
Meteora was digitally mastered into the series because of it's protected environment, the series could not officially shoot here.
Watch our video: The Awe-Inspiring Views of Meteora
The Daenerys storyline has some of the best filming locations for Game of Thrones. They also went to Morocco.
The ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou was used to represent Yunkai. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the perfect setting for the The Mother of Dragons to destroy.
The port city of Essaouira was also used in season 3 doubling as Astapor. Remember the scene beside the sea when she has rounded up the unsullied and given them a choice to fight for her?
Morocco was used for filming in seasons 1 through 3 for most of Khaleesi's storyline but from season 4 on they moved to Croatia. It's still cool to visit the locations from the early days though.
Malta was only used as a Game of Thrones filming location in Season 1 but it set the stage for the seasons to come.
It was used mostly for Kings Landing, the Daenerys storyline and Pentos.
The fortified city of Mdina was the perfect setting with stone walls and an ancient setting.
Notable filming locations are: Fort St. Angela - Dungeons of the Red Keep, Rabat's St. Dominic Monastery, Manikata was a town raided by the Dothraki,The Island of Gozo housed the wedding of Daenerys and Drogo
The Game of Thrones films in some of the most exotic locations on earth.
Besides the seven mentioned above, Game of Thrones has also been filmed in Los Angeles, Calgary, Alberta, and Scotland.