HBO’s Game of Thrones has inspired globe-trotters to make their own epic journey to some of the real-life places that are featured in the show. Season seven has begun and for those of you who are interested, I’ve rounded up the best places to visit if you’d like to walk in the footsteps of your favourite characters from Game of Thrones.
There are dozens of filming locations in Northern Ireland because a lot of the green screen shots were done at Titanic Studios in Belfast. I’ve chosen my favourite locations in Northern Ireland because there are way too many to list!
The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland have played a major role in the Game of Thrones story, serving as the setting for the King’s road. In addition, the area that surrounds the Dark Hedges should be a must-see for any fan, since it has been used to film Winterfell, Castle Black and the Stark family war encampment.
Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains provided the scenery for Dany’s entrance into the Dothraki holy land. Of course, the Dothraki fighting horse statues are missing, so you’ll just have to imagine the iconic gate when you visit these breathtaking mountains.
Serving as the backdrop for Dragonstone Castle and Blackwater Bay, Downhill Beach was where Melisandre burned the old gods, issuing a new religion for Stannis’ followers.
Most of these attractions are located close together which makes it easier for you to visit them all in a day.
For the die hard fans:
Go on a Winterfell Tour!
“Fun tours include the award winning GOT archery experience in the Winterfell movie set, film location cycle tour (15 locations on demesne) and quirky overnight Glamping breaks. Based just 40 minutes from Belfast, the activity centre has been made famous by the filming of Game of Thrones on it site – Castle Ward Demesne”.
King’s Landing, or as it’s known in real life, Dubrovnik, a Croatian city nested on the shore of the Adriatic Sea. Durbovnik’s stone walls, dramatic cliffs and amazing views make it the perfect seat for the king(s) of Westeros.
The walled city of Mdina was Malta’s first capital city. A maze of tangled streets built in golden limestone, it’s a favourite of film directors looking for a medieval-looking location. The fight between Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark that concluded with the latter’s capture was shot here – you all know what happened afterwards.
Winter is definitely here, and it looks like Iceland will be featured in season seven. This isn’t the first time that Iceland was featured in the series, in fact, it was also featured in season two. You will get a glimpse of the country’s frozen landscapes which have attracted fans from around the world to the little island in the North Atlantic.
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of untouched nature. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland’s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls.
This historic bastion in Essaouira, Morocco, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also happens to have played the part of Astapor, the slave-trading city where Daenerys freed the Unsullied, including everyone’s favourite: Grey Worm.
In Seville, the upper levels of the Alcazar are home to the royal family, but the palatial estate’s lush gardens are transformed into the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game of Thrones’ fourth and fifth seasons. The Alcazar’s staircases are so narrow that the production crew had to use cranes to transport equipment up to a few of the palace’s balconies. More than 8,000 visitors converge on the Alcazar each day, making it one of the most-visited attractions in Seville.
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