10Best Travels to Game of Thrones Locations

  • King's Landing in Croatia
  • Beyond the Wall in Iceland
  • Daenerys in Essos
  • A Dothraki Wedding in Malta
  • The Road to Pike on Murlough Bay
  • Winterfell at Castle Doune in Scotland
  • King's Landing and Qarth in Mdina
  • The Iron Islands at Ballintoy
  • The Dothraki Sea in Antrim
  • Dark Hedges of Armoy

    Arya Makes Her Escape Through the Dark Hedges

    Besides being one of Northern Ireland's most photographed locations, the Dark Hedges of Armoy doubled as the road Arya Stark took – masquerading as a boy – when escaping King's Landing with a group of men and boys headed for the Wall. The area is thought to be haunted by a spirit named the Gray Lady in real life.

    Photo courtesy of horslips5

  • Port of Dubrovnik

    King's Landing in Croatia

    The walled city of Dubrovnik in Croatia makes the perfect King's Landing, and many of the exterior shots of the Lannister seat and the Red Keep were filmed here. You might recognize Lokrum Island, just off the coast, as the setting for scenes in Qarth in Essos.

    Photo courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar

  • Svínafellsjökull glacier, Iceland

    Beyond the Wall in Iceland

    Scenes of Jon Snow's ventures beyond the Wall – places like the Frostfangs and the Fist of the First Men --  were shot at three separate locations in Iceland. Retrace the steps of Jon and the wildlings by trekking across the Svínafellsjökull glacier. In Höfðabrekkuheiði, you'll find more sets from Game of Thrones.

    Photo courtesy of Ben Husmann

  • Essaouira, Morocco

    Daenerys in Essos

    When Daenerys Targaryen is gathering her army in Essos, many of her scenes were shot in Morocco. The walled city of Essaouira was used as a set for Slavers' Bay, while old sets from the film Kingdom of Heaven in Ouarzazate were used in both the pilot episode and in season 3.

    Photo courtesy of hydro-xy

  • Azure Window on Gozo Island

    A Dothraki Wedding in Malta

    Remember when Daenerys was wed to the Dothraki lord Khal Drogo in the first season? Their wedding scene was shot on Gozo Island near the picturesque Azure Window. This Maltese island is the second largest in the archipelago and offers a more rural, laid-back travel experience than Mdina.

    Photo courtesy of Vicki Burton

  • Murlough Bay

    The Road to Pike on Murlough Bay

    Back in Northern Ireland, the coast of Murlough Bay was used as the filming location for Theon Greyjoy's not-so-triumphant journey home to Pike on horseback with this sister Asha (though he didn't know it at the time). Michelle Fairley, the actress who portrays Lady Stark, used to swim in the waters of the bay as a child.

    Photo courtesy of horslips5

  • Castle Doune

    Winterfell at Castle Doune in Scotland

    In the first season of Game of Thrones, we're introduced to the Starks of Winterfell, and the 600-year-old Doune Castle – located only an hour from Edinburgh – was used for shots of the great northern stronghold during the pilot episode. You may also recognize the castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    Photo courtesy of CharNewcomb

  • Mdina, Malta

    King's Landing and Qarth in Mdina

    During the first season, the island of Malta – Mdina in particular – was used for shots of the streets of King's Landing as well as some of the scenes of Daenerys in Essos. Fort Manoel was used as the Sept of Baelor, while many of the palaces, forts and monasteries of the city created the Red Keep on film.

    Photo courtesy of John Haslam

  • Ballintoy Coastline

    The Iron Islands at Ballintoy

    The Iron Islands – the austere stronghold of the Greyjoys – was brought to life thanks to the rugged coastline of Ballintoy. The beach at Ballintoy was where Theon was baptized in dedication to the Drowned God after his ten-year imprisonment at Winterfell. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by Giant's Causeway, a fascinating basalt formation and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Photo courtesy of William Marnoch

  • Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland

    The Dothraki Sea in Antrim

    The stunning Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland were used to film the Dothraki Sea during the first season, as Dany, Jorah Mormont and the Dothraki horseman make their way toward Vaes Dothrak. Nearby Cairncastle was where we watched Ned Stark behead a Night's Watch deserter during the first season.

    Photo courtesy of Thomas Faivre-Duboz


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