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Where was Game of Thrones filmed?

By Preetha Manivelan - August 11, 2020
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Aren’t you just tired of searching the question ‘Where was Game of Thrones filmed‘ on the internet? It’s high time that you should know the real-life Game of Thrones locations and pay a visit there. Be it posting the picture on Instagram and showing off or just traveling to and admiring the beauty of those places, you can never say NO to a tour to these stunning locations of Game of Thrones.

Like anywhere in the world, Game of Thrones has got even the Americans on the edge of their seats thus making it the most-watched television series in the United States. Isn’t it a dream for every Game of Thrones fan to travel to those iconic places where Game of Thrones was filmed? This article will take you a step closer to your dream of visiting them. Here, you will find the top Game of Thrones filming locations that you can visit from the United States.

But be well prepared to get stunned at almost every place you are going to read in this article along with the importance of the place in Game of Thrones series. Can’t wait? Me neither.

Northern Ireland
Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Every single episode in Game of Thrones has a story to tell and those locations where it was filmed say a lot more about it. So, are you among those people dreaming to visit these real-life Game of Thrones locations? Then this article is for you.

Keep reading for a Game of Thrones virtual tour.

Where was Game of Thrones filmed?

Okay. Now let’s start with the birthplace of Game of Thrones. Belfast is said to be the most important when we talk about the real-life Game of Thrones filming locations. However, the other Game of Thrones scenes were filmed elsewhere in the United Kingdom, Iceland, and many other parts of Europe. These places have heavily attracted people which indeed boosted tourism in that place.

Now let’s have a look at the top 10 Game of Thrones filming locations which would surely remind you of the iconic scenes in the history of Game of Thrones.

  1. Dubrovnik – King’s Landing
  2. Belfast – Dragonstone
  3. Essaouira – Astapor
  4. Sibenik – Braavos
  5. Azure Window – Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding
  6. Doune Castle – Winterfell
  7. Thingvellir National Park – The place of an epic fight
  8. Ballintoy Harbour – Iron Islands
  9. Dark Hedges – King’s Road
  10. Castillo de Almodovar – Highgarden

1. King’s Landing

Welcome to the King’s Landing! It is a very famous place in the Game of Thrones, isn’t it? It is one place that’s been featured in all the seasons which indeed speaks how deserving and beautiful it is to be chosen for a place of such importance. All the scenes of King’s Landing were filmed in Dubrovnik in Croatia. Don’t you think this place is the most important place to be visited of all? After all, this is the place where the Iron Throne was located in the series.

Flight time from the US to Croatia: 11 hours 10 minutes
The US to Croatia visa: None

Dubrovnik
Photo by David Edkins on Unsplash

2. Dragonstone

Dragonstone stands as home to one of the many epic scenes of Game of Thrones. Can anyone forget that scene where Jon Snow saw the dragons for the first time? No, right? This was filmed in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. The place has a beautiful castle that looks way more beautiful with that spiralling bridge. However, the scenes which include Dragonstone beaches weren’t shot here and were filmed in Itzurun Beach in Zumaia and Muriola Beach near Barrika.

Flight time from the US to Northern Ireland: 14 hours
The US to Northern Ireland visa: None

Belfast
Photo by Luismi Sánchez on Unsplash

3. Astapor

Here comes yet another important part of Game of Thrones where Daenerys headed in the third episode. It is one of the three states on Slaver’s Bay that she visited and got the ‘Army of the Unsullied’ who later became her loyal allies. How can someone forget how true Missandei was to Daenerys, who was once a slave in Astapor? The entire scene of getting the army was filmed in Essaouira in Morocco which indeed is one of the best Game of Thrones filming locations.

Flight time from the US to Morocco: 10 hours 30 minutes
The US to Morocco visa: None

Astapor
Image Credits: Tenor

4. Braavos

Talking about the epic scenes of Game of Thrones, one can never skip the Braavos part, right? This is the place where Arya Stark was trained by the faceless man to avenge her family and also making her realize who she really is. Who wouldn’t have got goosebumps when Arya said, “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell and I am going home” when the faceless man said, “Finally a girl is no one”? All these epic scenes were shot in Sibenik in Croatia which is indeed a great place for an exciting European vacation.

Flight time from the US to Croatia: 11 hours 10 minutes
The US to Croatia visa: None

Sibenik
Photo by Kévin et Laurianne Langlais on Unsplash

5. Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding

It’s now time for a weird wedding story! Any GOT fan would never forget the wedding of Daenerys and Khal Drogo, right? – A weird wedding which would have surely given you some sleepless nights. The day when the ‘Mother of Dragons’ got married to the ‘Moon of her Life’ in the first season of Game of Throne was filmed in Azure Window in Malta and considered to be one of the stunning locations of Game of Thrones. But sadly, the window is not existing now as it was collapsed in a heavy storm in 2017.

Flight time from the US to Malta: 12 hours
The US to Malta visa: None

Azure Window
Image Credits: Google Images

6. Winterfell

Who wouldn’t love the Stark family? That being said, who wouldn’t love this place where they lived?

Winterfell is one of the beautiful stone structures that had much importance, especially in the last few seasons of Game of Thrones. The starting episodes where you saw the happy family of Stark was filmed at Doune Castle in Scotland. But the episodes that came after, were filmed at Castle Ward in Northern Ireland. When you visit this place, you will realize that these castles are loved not only because it is the house of Stark but because it is breathtaking too.

Flight time from the US to Scotland: 9 hours
The US to Scotland visa: None

Castle Ward
Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

7. The place of an epic fight

Though there are many epic fights in Game of Thrones, one can never forget the ‘Brienne of Tarth vs the Hound’ moment. This was the place where Brienne came all the way searching for Arya to keep the promise she made to Catelyn. This epic scene where Brienne fought the Hound for Arya Stark (Arya chose neither of them though) was filmed in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. This place is also a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which gives you more reasons to visit this beauty.

Flight time from the US to Iceland: 7 hours 30 minutes
The US to Iceland visa: None

Thingvellir National Park
Photo by Alex He on Unsplash

8. Iron Islands

Call it the Iron Islands or Greyjoy’s homecoming spot after Winterfell! Iron Islands is a cluster of many other islands that had quite a good importance in Game of Thrones. All the scenes of the Iron Islands were filmed in the picture-perfect harbor called Ballintoy Harbour in Northern Ireland. Interestingly, this spot is just an hour’s drive from Belfast where you could visit a few other Game of Thrones locations. While there are so many reasons getting added up to visit this place, you can never find a single reason to not visit this stunning Game of Thrones filming location.

Flight time from the US to Northern Ireland: 14 hours
The US to Northern Ireland visa: None

9. King’s Road

Seems so familiar, doesn’t it? If you have watched Game of Thrones, then there is never a chance that you would have not known this place. This is one of the important Game of Thrones filming locations where many episodes were taken. This stretch is called King’s road which ran from the Wall in the north to the capital city of King’s Landing. It was filmed in Dark Hedges, Ballymoney in Northern Ireland where the roads are covered beautifully by the beech trees along both sides.

Flight time from the US to Northern Ireland: 14 hours
The US to Northern Ireland visa: None

Dark Hedges
Photo by Jared Berg on Unsplash

10. Highgarden

Highgarden is one of the beautiful Game of Thrones locations that you must visit on your GOT tour. This is the same place that was given as a bribe by Tyrion Lannister to Ser Bronn after Bran Stark became the king of the six kingdoms. Apart from just being the ‘House of Tyrell’in Game of Thrones, this place in Castillo de Almodovar in Spain is one of the well-preserved structures in the country.

Flight time from the US to Spain: 10 hours
The US to Spain visa: None

Like, seriously? Don’t you think it’s an injustice to not visit the places where your superheroes fought for the throne? The places are so well maintained for the visitors that you could literally picture the scene while you visit that place. Already started planning the trip in mind? Now, plan it for real by visiting the Pickyourtrail website and check out some amazing packages to Europe from the US. You can also customize the package based on the places you want to visit. Reach out to us for the best assistance via Whatsapp in case of any inquires.

As much as we know that the storyline of Game of Thrones was full of turns and twists that you cannot really predict the next minute until it happens, the real beauty of these Game of Thrones locations cannot be realized until you make you way there. So, are you?

Jon Snow
Image Credits: Giphy

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