Okay, so we know 2 things at this point – 1) I love Game of Thrones and 2) I love travelling (travel blog – duh).
So far I’ve pretty much been to all the main countries that Game of Thrones has been filmed in and am lucky enough to live in the main filming location, Belfast! You can barely throw a stone without seeing reference to the world’s biggest TV show, be it the murals in Custom House Square, the door from the famous ‘Doors of Thrones‘ campaign in the Dark Horse or the beautiful Game of Thrones Tapestry at the Ulster Museum.
I’ve also visited Iceland where many a White Walker and Wildling scene has been filmed, Croatia the filming location of Kings Landing, Seville, home of Dorne, Malta for the Red Keep scenes and (unbeknownst to me until doing some research) Girona where Old Town Bravos was filmed. There’s many more but these are the main filming locations around the world.
Game of Thrones Filming Locations Northern Ireland
Now you’re sure to be aware that most filming locations for Game of Thrones are in Northern Ireland. We celebrate this with wonderful tours including Lesiure Tours NI Game of Thrones Tour departing from Ballygally Castle, home to door No 9 of 12 of the Game of Thrones Doors, another wonderful attraction taking visitors all over Northern Ireland to soak in the cities and towns most associated with the series, celebrating episodes of Season 6 with carved doors made from the fallen trees of The Dark Hedges. You’ll find a blog I wrote explaining each door and location here. Some filming locations even host experiences such as Castle Ward which doubles as Winterfell. You can find a blog on experiences all over Northern Ireland here.
Top 5 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Northern Ireland
- The Dark Hedges
Possibly the most recognised of the Game of Thrones locations, The Dark Hedges is certainly the most popular with tourists. Getting a photo without a person or car in the background is near impossible. It’s also a little surreal because it is just a normal road about 10 minutes outside Ballycastle.
2. Cushendun Caves
Take a drive to The Cushendun Caves in County Antrim,where Melisandre gave birth to the Shadow baby that killed Renly in season 2.
3. Ballintoy Harbour
Visit beautiful Ballintoy Harbour to get a feel for the Iron Islands. Wrap up warm and take a stroll down the harbour and the beach that precedes it and walk in the footsteps of Theon and Yara Greyjoy.
4. Castle Ward
Castle Ward is of course Winterfell and home to the Stark family . With lots of activities including tours, archery and dire wolves this is a great spot for a day out of family fun with lots to do. Yes this is me being decapitated by my other half. Cheers.
5. Downhill Beach
Downhill Beach in Portrush is used for several scenes depicting Dorne, the vast stretch of sand dunes, grass and reeds on Downhill Beach goes on for as long as the eye can see. This is a great beach to stretch your legs on though I don’t believe it is a stop for most coach tours.
Top 5 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Croatia
- The Spanish Steps in Dubrovnik
The Spanish Steps or SHAME stairs are in the heart of Dubrovnik. I don’t really need to explain what they’re used for as they’re almost as recognisable as The Dark Hedges. SHAAAAAAAMMMEEE.
2. Pile Port
Also in Dubrovnik is Pile Port which doubles as the pier from which you see Little Finger discussing his plans of escape with Sansa and where Myrcella bids her parents farewell before leaving for Dorne.
3. Fort Lovrijenac
Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik doubles as the Red Keep in King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms and is used for filming many a conversation, Joffrey’s tournament and views out across the water.
4. Fortress of Kliss
The Fortress of Klis in Split, otherwise known as the walls of Mereen is where Daenerys famously crucified 163 Slave Masters in retribution for their crucifixion of the same number of children to warn her away from the city.
5. Diocletain’s Palace
The most famous of Split’s filming locations is in the very walls of Diocletain’s Palace – the gateway into the Old Town. You’ll find several Game of Thrones filming locations in here including where Daenerys keeps her dragons and most famously her Throne Room in the Great Pyramid. You’ll have to use your imagination here as the steps and her throne are props / CGI but you have to admit the room is pretty cool.
Top… 1 Game of Thrones Filming Location in Seville, Spain
OK so I haven’t visited Girona (well I have but only flown into it on the way to Barcelona) or any other area of Spain that plays host to Game of Thrones filming but I have visited Seville twice and as one of my favourite cities in the world you’re about to see why Dorne was filmed here….
Beautiful isn’t it? Spend the day walking through the gardens, visit the palace and play hide and seek with the peacocks in the orchards.
Top 5 Filming Locations in Iceland
When we visited Iceland we only saw a couple of the Game of Thrones filming locations, they’re very off track and we didn’t have time to add in an extra tour. That said, Iceland is beautiful and I would recommend anyone goes, especially if you’re a Game of Thrones fan.
- Grjótagjá is the most famous is the cave featured in Jon and Ygritte’s love scene. Unsurprisingly most of this scene was actually filmed in Belfast’s Painthall studio where it was slightly less nippy.
- Dimmuborgir is a frozen lava field again near Lake Mývatn where the Wildling camp was set in season.
- Skaftafell is the setting for most of the ‘beyond the wall’ scenes and in particular the Svínafellsjökull glacier.
- Thingvellir National Park plays host to the Eyrie pass and the filming location of Brienne and the Hound’s fight scene. We visited here and can 100% confirm this place is pretty baron but beautiful and a great spot to see the Northern Lights.
- Gulfoss was used in primary filming but never actually used in the series.It’s well worth a visit however as a stunning location