Game of Thrones inspired travel all filming locations
Game of Thrones is the most successful Television series in the world adapted from George RR Martin’s book series “A song of Ice and Fire” nearing its end game with its season finale in the coming.
Game of Thrones has kept the world intrigued with tons of violence, nudity, mayhem, fiery dragons, dastardly plots and the especially the locations they have been filmed. Here are some epic filming locations travelers are exploring the world over. The production used three units of Dragon, Wolf and Raven filming in parallel. The Titanic Studios in Belfast in Northern Ireland has been the prime location for production work.
The primary location was the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Exterior scenes in Northern Ireland including film locations were filmed at Sandy Brae in the Mourne Mountains standing in for Vaes Dothrak, Castle Ward Winterfell, the Causeway Coast, Saintfield Estates for the Winterfell Godswood, Cairncastle as the execution site, Binevenagh and Magilligan for Dothraki Grasslands, Larrybane Quarry and Ballintoy Harbour used for Iron Islands, Corbet village for the siege of Riverrun, Castle Black at Magheramorne quarry and Shane’s Castle on the tourney grounds. Additional filming locations included Cairncastle at Larne, Shane’s Castle and Tollymore Forest Park. Northern Ireland had been used to film scenes in the North and the Riverlands.
The 14th Century Castle of the Duke of Albany is the infamous tower from which Jaime Lannister pushed down and crippled young Bran Stark.
Scenes at Craster’s Keep were filmed at Clandeboye Estate forests.
Corbet had sets created for the site of Riverrun the seat of House Tully alongside the river and around the old
Ballievey linen mill with the scenes of apparently with the scenes of clash between the Black Fish Brynden Tully and the Lannisters.
Tollymore Forest Park at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. A member of the Night’s Watch sees a family of Wildlings dead on the snow and then encounters a White Walker. Early on in the story, Ned Stark and his sons find the direwolf pups. Theon Greyjoy is chased on horseback by Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton.
Castle Ward which has been used as the Stark homestead overlooks Strangford Lough and with its 820 acres of land, was used as the courtyard of the Stark’s home, Winterfell. The house features Gothic and Classical styles of architecture, with an exotic sunken garden. in the courtyard that King Robert Baratheon and his court arrived at Winterfell.
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach (Dragonstone)near the coastal town of Castlerock is a Classical round temple on top of a cliff, gazing down the Northern Irish coast. the Dragonstone exterior – remember Melisandre burning the old gods by night statues of the Seven and Stannis Baratheon drawing a flaming sword from the flames.
The Dark Hedges is the Road from King’s Landing with lining of beech trees. Doubling up as the Kingsroad which is north of King’s Landing is where Arya Stark escapes from the city disguising herself.
Larrybane and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge have been recreated as the Stormlands and camp of King Renly where Brienne of Tarth beats Ser Loras Tyrell in the tournament.
Murlough Bay on the Northern Irish coast has views across the sea to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland was used as a setting for the Iron Islands and this is where Theon rides on a horse with his sister Yara and also the site of Davos Seaworth’s shipwreck after the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
Ballintoy Harbor of the Iron Islands is where Theon Greyjoy returns after his ordeal with Ramsay Bolton to reunite with his sister Yara. Ballintoy Harbour was Lordsport the port of Pyke in the Iron Islands on the coast of Antrim as the setting for Theon Greyjoy’s unceremonious return to the Iron Islands.
Giant’s Causeway comprises 40,000 pieces of interlocking volcanic rock columns is the site of Cushenden Caves and Ballycastle.
Dark Hedges Road in Stranocum is a scenic drive and is the Kingsroad which is a giant highway that runs from King’s Landing to The Wall with Winterfell as a stop.
Magheramorne Quarry in County Antrim has been used for filming the scenes of Castle Black which haooens to be the headquarters of the Night’s Watch where Jon Snow lives as the Lord Commander’s Steward in the Night’s Watch, the Wall and the wilding town of the free folks HardHome was also recreated in here where Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane try to convince the rest of the wildings to join in the upcoming war against the White Walkers and the armies of Wights.
The scenes involving Arya Stark as the Faceless man in the city of Braavos have been filmed at Carnlough Harbor in County Antrim.
The Private land of Sallagh Brae in County Antrim, Portstewart Strand and Bregagh Road in Ballymoney are some other filming locations. The vast grasslands of Dothraki horse lords were filmed on the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Kilkeel and Sandy Brae had portions of Vaes Dothrak shot in here.
Essaouira on Morocco’s West Coast is a French inspired fortress port where scenes in Slaver’s Bay on the continent of Essos in Astapor, Pentos and Yunkai were recreated and Daenerys Targaryen got her army of the Unsullied.
Essaouira and Ait Benhaddou near Ouarzazate is where Daenerys Targaryen vandalised the Slaver’s Bay.
Ait Benhaddou had Yunkai recreated where Daenaerys and her dragons when they were captured in the House of the Undying.
Aït-Ben-Haddou is a fortified city in the fictional world of Essos becomes portions of Yunkai and Pentos.
Dubrovnik on the Mediterranean is the filming site for King’s Landing is the backdrop and has served as a setting to the capital of the Seven Kingdoms and home to the Iron Throne. It is the site of Ned Stark’s beheading, the fateful Purple Wedding of Jeoffery to Margery, Cersei Lannister’s public humiliation by the High Sparrow. The Mincenta tower is from where Daenerys got her dragons back from the House of the Undying after they were kidnapped.
Sibenik on the Mediterranean Adriatic Coast was where Braavos was created and Arya Stark was trained to be the Faceless Man at the House of Black and White. The Cathedral of St James has 71 sculpted faces which has the vibe of the Hall of Faces.
Sibenik hit the screen as Braavos one of the Free Cities which is home to the famous Iron Bank across the Narrow Sea. The scenes of Braavosi sailors and Arya Stark in her flight from Poniente and the fabled ‘House of Black and White’ or the temple of the God of Many Faces have all been filmed here.
Krka National Park backdrops landscapes of the West for locations all over the Seven Kingdoms.
Ston Walls have featured as the fortifications surrounding the western part of the city of King’s Landing.
Trsteno Arboretum is the garden of the Tyrells in King’s Landing.
Lokrum is turned into Qarth on the continent of Essos.
Lokrum Island and Novigrad in Istria are some other filming sites.
The Walls of Dubrovnik and Fort Lovrijenac were used for scenes in King’s Landing and the Red Keep. The bay right in front of the Lovijenac Fortress was used for the climatic scenes during the Battle of Blackwater.
The island of Lokrum, the St. Dominic monastery in the coastal town of Trogir, the Rector’s Palace and Dubac quarry were used for scenes set in Qarth.
Perun quarry east of Split, the Mosor mountain range and Baška Voda further south have also been featured.
Cersei’s “walk of atonement” from A Dance with Dragons was filmed in the Stradun street between the Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Sponza Palace.
Meereen scenes are shot in Diocletian’s Palace in Split and on Klis Fortress north of Split. Kaštel Gomilica town on the coast of the Bay of Kaštela in Croatia was used for shooting some parts of Braavos.
Dragonpit in Dragon and the Wolf has been recreated in the Roman ruins of Italica outside Sevilla.
Dragonstone has been recreated in Spanish seaside town of Zumaia, Itzurun Beach and the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
Girona in Catalonia has been recreated into Oldtown of free city of Braavos. Fliming has been done in the Girona Cathedral, the old Jewish Quarter and the Arab Baths. Everything seems to point towards Girona being the setting for Oldtown in the free city of Braavos, the Citadel where all the maesters of the Seven Kingdoms reside.
Santa Florentina Castle in Barcelona Canet de Mar has been transformed into the seat of House Tarly Horn Hill.
Plaza de toros Andalusia has been filmed as Arena of Meereen.
Osuna’s bullring shines on the small screen during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Seville stands in for the sands of Meereen when Tyrion and Daenerys meet for the first time.
Some of the scenes take place in the principality of Dorne and the lands of House Martell.
Spain filming locations included Seville, Cáceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia, Bermeo, Girona, Navarre, Peñiscola, Valencia, Pechina, Alhamila Mountains and Almería.
Muriola Beach in Barrika, Las Atarazanas, the Royal Dockyards of Seville, the shores of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe islet in the city of Bermeo and Plaza de toros de Osuna are some other locations filmed in Spain.
Alcázar of Seville, Castle of Santa Florentina in Canet de Mar and Osuna have also been used for shooting some portions.
Some scenes were filmed on the Roman bridge of Córdoba in Andalusia in southern Spain representing the city of Volantis and Long Bridge of Volantis.
Almeria in south-eastern Spain was where Mereen, Dorne and Dothraki Sea was created. Alcazaba of Almeria had the medieval fortress of the shooting the scenes of the peninsula of Dorne.
Scenes between Cersei and Jaime have been shot at Girona with the Lannister ship returning to the King’s landing with Myrcella’s body.
Tabernas Desert was used for some parts of the Dothraki Sea grasslands and El Chorillo Sierra Alhamilla stood in for parts of Vaes Dothrak. Banys Arabs which is a 12th century structure have also been used in some portions in Girona.
The Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, The Basilica of Sant Feliu which is the city’s first cathedral until 10th century, Girona Cathedral’s Gothic style nave of the 15th and 16th century at 23 metres, Girona Cathedral of 11th to 18th century in Romanesque and Gothic styles involved scenes between the tussle of the Tyrells, Lannisters and High Sparrow and Sant Marti Sacosta Church steps have been used for filming.
Girona stood in for Braavos and parts of King’s Landing.
The Water Gardens and Water palaces of Dorne and Sunspear were filmed at the Alcázar of Seville royal palace in Spain.
The Tower of Joy set in the Red Mountains of Dorne where Lyanna Stark gives birth to Jon Snow has been filmed at the Castle of Zafra in Guadalajara province.
Seville was the spot for the Moors of Alcazar of Dorne Palace. The nearby town of the Andulasian capital Osuna had the fighting pits of Merreen.
The coastal town of Peniscola in the Mediterranean coast of Spain have been used to film some parts of Meereen.
The scenes of Khalassar of another Dothraki tribe warriors kidnapping Khaleesi and taking her to the spot where widows of Khals spend the rest of their lives after the demise of their Khals are filmed in the Bardenas Reales Natural Park badlands in Southeast Navarre.
Vatnajökull is the North of the Wall on the screen.
Thingvellir National Park as it showed Arya and Sandor Clegane’s journey from village to village in mid-Westeros.
The shots of Wildlings and White Walkers have been shot here. The other places that have been used are Hverfjall volcano is the backdrop for the scenes for the White Walkers.
Filming also took place near Höfðabrekka glacier which is located near Vík, Mýrdalsjökull Akureyri and Lake Mývatn.
Hofdabrekkuheidi area and Vantnajokull glacier in Skaftafell are where Jon Snow’s hike into Frostfangs beyond the wall is recreated.
Dimmuborgir was used as the location for the King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder’s wildling army camp.
Grjótagjá cave was used as establishing shot of Jon Snow and Ygrite in the cave.
The scenes set north of the Wall were filmed in Iceland with the main locations of Vatnajökull glacier, Höfðabrekka as the Frostfang Mountains and Svínafellsjökull glacier near Skaftafell.
The Fist of the First Men was filmed on the Vatnajökull glacier near Smyrlabjörg, the Svínafellsjökull glacier near Skaftafell and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier near Vik on Höfðabrekkuheiði.
Thingvellir National Park in Iceland was used for the fight between Brienne and the Hound.
The first season’s southern scenes were filmed in Malta. The city of Mdina was used for King’s Landing. Filming representing the Sept of Baelor was done at Fort Manoel.
The Azure Window on the Maltese island of Gozo was where the Dothraki weddings happened and was the backdrop for Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo’s Wedding.
The San Anton Palace, Fort Ricasoli, Fort St Angelo and St. Dominic monastery were used for scenes in the Red Keep.
Mdina Gate King’s Landing Gate is where Catelyn and Ser Rodrik Cassel ride into King’s Landing through to investigate how Bran fell from the empty tower.
Fort Ricasoli has been recreated as Red Keep Gate in King’s Landing.
Verdala Palace Grounds is the place where Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen meet Khal Drogo and his Khalassar before the wedding.
San Anton Palace stands in for parts of the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. It is also the Red Keep’s Hallway the Goldcloaks and defenders of city of King’s Landing including the Red Keep betrayed Ned Stark.
Fort St Angelo is the The Red Keep Dungeon at the centre of the Grand Birgu Harbour.
Fort Manoel fortifications were recreated as Great Sept of Baelor where King Joffrey executes Ned Stark after his confession.
Doune Castle in Stirling in Scotland has been a strategic site at the crossroads of Scotland was also used in the original pilot episode for scenes at Winterfell.
The scene with a live bear that Brienne of Tarth had to fight with was filmed in Los Angeles.
A very small portion of one episode was filmed in Canada in Calgary in Alberta with the scenes featuring Jon Snow’s wolf Ghost.
The scene where Arya was reunited with her direwolf Nymeria was filmed in Alberta.