Winter has finally arrived in Westeros, leaving us wanting and yearning for Season 8 and all of the excitement, deception and seduction that is our favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. Rather than wait in misery, now is the perfect time to visit a few medieval-like filming locations from the show and walk in the steps of Jon Snow, Daenerys, and other fantastical characters of George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece. Explore the filming locations of Dorne, Slaver’s Bay, Winterfell, King’s Landing and The Wall with with Gate 1 Travel all while taking in a beautiful new location you might have never thought to visit!
See where the Red Viper and Elaria Sand call home in Seville, Spain, filming location of stunning Dorne. Many of the scenes that included the palace for House Martell took place at the Real Alcazar de Seville and the fighting pit in Mereen is actually the active bullfighting ring of the Plaza de Toros in Osuna. Another exciting locale is the ruins of a Roman Amphitheater in Italica, the setting for the Dragonpit. If the beauty and allure of Spain inspires you, we offer additional tours to cities such as Barcelona, Granada and more!
Next stop is Slaver’s Bay which is filmed in Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must see. Take in the awe-inspiring architecture of the group of clay buildings here that served as the set for the city of Yunkai and see where the Unsullied were freed by Daenerys in nearby Essaouira, filming location of Astapor. Experience more of magical Morocco with an escorted tour and explore the crossroads of Europe and Africa!
The majority of King’s Landing is filmed in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia.Visit the City Walls of Dubrovnik and you will find yourself in the middle of Cersei’s playground. You can even reenact the walk of atonement (shame!) on the Stradun, which is the main street in Dubrovnik. Continue on to Gradac Park where the boy everyone loved to hate, King Joffrey, met his end in the Purple Wedding. Lastly, the Belvedere Atrium is where the disturbing trial by combat of Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane, the Mountain, was filmed. Experience the hugely popular travel destination of Croatia and gorgeous Slovenia first hand!
Some early season 1 shots of the exterior of snowy Winterfell were filmed in Scotland. These shots feature the beautiful Doune Castle, which is located in Doune, Scotland which is very close to Glasgow. See the allure of this country rich in history and tradition on tour!
Experience the same climate and glaciers as Jon Snow and Ygritte no matter where you find yourself in Iceland. Many of the scenes taking place beyond the wall were filmed in Iceland, so go see the land of the White Walkers yourself, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon. If Iceland is on your bucket list, let us help you check it off!
Belfast, Northern Ireland is where the production team is based and where many of the in-studio scenes are shot. Locations whose interior sets are filmed here include Winterfell, Castle Black, the High Hall of the Eyrie, the Sky Cells of the Eyrie, the Sept of Baelor and many more. While the studios are not for the public, the surrounding areas of Belfast are filled with locations that were vital for the show. Visit the Dark Hedges (Kingsroad), Ballintoy Harbor (Iron Islands), Castle Ward (Winterfell) and many more filming locations that are located in the Belfast area. It’s time to get inspired with the land that started it all and then you can create your own version of “A Song of Ice and Fire”.
Please Note: While the exact locations are not included in our itineraries, we pride ourselves on offering ideas for leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.