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Game of Thrones : Filming Locations

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Game of Thrones – Filming Locations

GAME OF THRONES FILMING LOCATIONS

With Season 4 just starting this past Sunday and the fact that I’m a HUGE nerd when it comes to GOT, I knew I had to choose this topic for ‘G’.

What is Game of Thrones?

In case you don’t have as excellent taste as me and don’t know what Game of Thrones is – it is an American fantasy drama HBO series that was created and based off of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.  The series has been filmed in studio and on location in several different areas of the world including Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco.

The series is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and follows the realm’s noble families and their struggles for control of the Iron Throne.

Northern Ireland

Many of the scenes for the land of Westeros is located in Northern Ireland – particularly Winterfell, the North and other less sunny parts of the Seven Kingdoms.

Castle Ward

If you’d like to visit House Stark, or at least where parts of it was filmed – head to Castle Ward in Downpatrick, County Down.

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Magheramorne Quarry

If you head farther north, you’ll find the abandoned Magheramorne quarry, or the setting for Castle Black.

Dark Hedges

Ballymoney’s Dark Hedges provided the scenery for Kingsroad – one of the most photographed sites in Ireland.

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Caves of Cushendun, County Antrim

This is where Melisandre’s birth of the shadow baby in Season 2 was filmed.

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Malta

Before King’s Landing moved to Croatia, it was filmed in Malta for Season 1.  The main reason filming was moved from Malta was due to only being able to depict interior shots of the city since Mdina lies inland.

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St. Dominic Monastery

Where Lord Stark confronted Cersei about her incestuous relationship.

Azure Window, Gozo

A smaller sister island to Malta, Gozo was the setting of Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding to Khal Drogo in their Dothraki Wedding.  Filming stopped in Malta partly due to controversy over damage to the Azure Window and its ecosystem caused by production, but it is still very much open to visitors and it’s absolutely breathtaking.

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Croatia

Starting with the second season, the filming of King’s Landing was moved to Croatia.

Old Town of Dubrovnik

This seaside walled city became the perfect location for the Westeros capital and the surrounding waters provided the setting for the Battle of Blackwater.  Fort Lovrijenac became the new Red Keep.

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Trsteno Arboretum

The seaside garden in King’s Landing where you’ll see many of the scenes where characters go to plan their plots of deception.

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Minceta Tower

The Minceta Tower was also used as the exterior of the House of the Undying.

Lokrum Island

Many part of Qarth were filmed on this nearby island including the welcome part thrown by Xaro.

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Iceland

Land of Ice and Fire.  You can’t get much closer to that description than Iceland.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn in Iceland is the filming location for the mysterious Beyond the Wall lands.

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Þingvellir

A confirmed location in Iceland for Season 4 is Pingvellir National Park.  I’m excited to see this in the new season as it looks gorgeous!

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Morocco

Morocco was used as the primary setting for many of Daenerys’ travel scenes in Season 3.

Essaouira

In season 3, Daenerys stops through Astapor to buy an army of Unsullied warriors.  Essaouira, Morocco is actually the city that depicts Astapor in the series.

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Aït Benhaddou

In the series, Aït Benhaddou is depicted as the city of Yunkai – a slaving city that Daenerys overtakes with her newly acquired Unsullied army from Astapor [Essaouira].

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 Have you ever been to any of these places?  Would you ever visit somewhere just for the fact that a movie or tv series was filmed there?

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge [2014]. 

Yesterday’s – Festivals of the World

Tomorrow’s – H…

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused on adventure, outdoors and wildlfe, and is in the process of selling all her things and prepping for long term travel before she leaves for Southeast Asia in November. She writes about prepping, past travel experiences, life in Nashville and future travel plans.

22 Comments

  1. Raphael Alexander Zoren

    April 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Great theme, Ashley!!!! I want to do a GOT tour* on my next visit to Europe!!! :D

    *Dragons sold separately

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Thanks Raphael! I will definitely be doing a GOT tour on my next trip to Europe as well and I want a dragon too :p

  2. Crystal Collier

    April 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I love the cinematography and the feel of the TV series, but I’ll probably never watch it. Not unless there’s a way to edit out inappropriate content. Call me old fashioned, but I’m offended by shows that proffer explicit sex, unwarranted violence and the like. If it’s not appropriate for my children to watch, chances are I’m never going to see it.

  3. FrandalF16

    April 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Loved the post!! Nice way to see where Westeros is in Real Life! and the rest of GG R Martin’s world!

  4. Editorial Stand

    April 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Absolutely love Game of Thrones and really amazing to see the places they used as filming. Great post.

  5. Calli

    April 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Great post! You’ll get so many random hits for this, one time I wrote a random post that mentioned Lady Gaga’s face implants and our hits went through the roof.

    Now that we’ve been to many of these locations – Malta, Dubrovnik, Iceland, Ireland off the top of my head – we watch the series differently, trying to pick out all the places we recognize. It’s a nice distraction from all the killing :)

    Travis will love this post, I’ll have to share it with him.

  6. Leslie

    April 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I’ve never seen GOT, but I would definitely be interested in going to the places they film:)

  7. Corinne

    April 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    We’re in Dubrovnik right now, and this morning photographed a view very similar to the one above. I would love to go to the Dark Hedges! Cool theme. I love GOT, too!

  8. Serena

    April 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    So interesting!!
    I’m a huge GoT fan; I will note these down.
    And maybe one day I’ll be able to make a GoT tour :-D :-D

  9. MCV EGAN

    April 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I have been to Iceland and Morocco, Ireland, but not the North….Oh yes money and time permitting I would so travel somewhere I fell in love with on film. but I must be the one person on earth not watching Thrones, I guess I’ll Binge watch this coming summer and catch up with the world ! I simply went with Gourds for #a2zchallenge at http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/

  10. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport

    April 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I have to admit that I’ve never even watched a single episode, but after showing me all the sceneries, I may have to start! Would love to do a tour of all the different locations filmed!!!!

  11. Tam @ Travellingbookjunkie

    April 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Who would have thought that one programme would have so many locations – I think I would like to work on that one. Just think all of the travelling you would get to do! :)

  12. Sabrina A. Fish

    April 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I would love to plan a vacation around these locations! They are so beautiful in the show, I’d love to see them in real life!

  13. jenny@atasteoftravel

    April 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    When we were in Croatia everyone was talking about the Game of Thrones and where the series had been filmed. I was a bit out of the loop not having seen the show but since then I have watched a few episodes. The photo of the girl in Aït Benhaddou was on the other night!

  14. peppylady (Dora)

    April 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Never seen game of thrones. Sound like a interesting show. I’ll check our local library for the cd.
    My mom side of family came from Antrim county of Ireland.

    Stop over from A to Z challenge.
    Coffee is on

  15. Birgit

    April 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I don’t get HBO so I have not seen the series but I know I would enjoy it as it incorporates fantasy and great writing and great scenery. I like that you visited these areas

  16. Donna Amis Davis

    April 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Great idea for G! While I’m visiting from the A to Z challenge I noticed how you made your photo attributions a link that says ‘source’. I like that idea and think I’ll do that, too. Thanks!
    Donna On Palawan @ Quintessential San Diego From A to Z

  17. Stephanie

    April 9, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    I can’t believe I missed this post yesterday! I love Game of Thrones and they have done a fantastic job bringing the locations to life. In particular, I’m looking forward to seeing Braavos brought into reality. :)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Thanks Stephanie! I love the different locations they use as well – they do a great job!

  18. Cathy Olliffe-Webster

    April 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    LOVE this post. Game of Thrones if one of my favourite TV shows and part of the reason is the gorgeous places it’s photographed. Of course fantastic writing and acting doesn’t hurt either.

  19. Sammi

    April 10, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    I haven’t watched any Game of Thrones- I just got the book series for my birthday, and I am a believer in reading the series before watching it. But this was super interesting :)

  20. eemusings

    April 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    GoT seriously has the BEST filming locations. Pingvellir really is amazing and I’m pretty sure I saw it in the background in S3E1!

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