If you’re a Game of Thrones fan who wants to imagine yourself in the hit TV drama’s seven stunning kingdoms, why not bring fantasy into reality?
Because although you’re unlikely to bump into Jon Snow and Daenerys, you can at least visit some of the real locations the series is filmed in, and walk in the popular characters’ footsteps at King’s Landing and Winterfell.
Here is our quick guide to touring the show's most memorable filming locations.
Northern Ireland: While interior shots of Game of Thrones locations including Castle Black and Winterfell are filmed in studios in Belfast that aren’t open to the public, more accessible sites include:
Cairncastle: The County Antrim village’s moors and hills were used as the backdrop for Moat Cailin, and as the location where Edward Stark executes a deserter from the Night’s Watch in the series’ very first episode.
Shane’s Castle: This ruined castle near Randalstown in County Antrim is where the Tourney of the Hand was filmed for Season 1.
Carrick-a-Rede: The area’s cliffs, near Ballintoy in County Antrim, were used as the location for The Stormlands, where Renly Baratheon's army camp is located in Season 2.
Cushendun Caves: The caves, near the small North Antrim village of Cushendun, also provided the backdrop for The Stormlands, and were where Melisandre gave birth.
Several areas of Croatia were used for filming scenes in GoT, including:
Split: The second largest city in Croatia, Split’s ruins and narrow alleys have been used for many GoT scenes, particularly as a location for the city of Meereen. Sites used include the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, where the cellars were turned into the catacombs of Meereen, where Daenerys kept and trained her dragons. Other filming locations included Papalić Street, Klis Fortress and Žrnovnica Water Mill.
Dubrovnik: The city’s beautiful medieval architecture was used as a location for GoT King’s Landing, with Dubrovnik’s City Walls featuring frequently in the show. Another notable GoT Dubrovnik filming location was the abandoned Hotel Belvedere, which was destroyed in the Croatian War and was used as the setting for the battle between Prince Oberyn and The Mountain in Season 4.
Other Dubrovnik GoT locations include St Dominika Street, where market and City Watch scenes were filmed, and Fort St. Lovrijenac which was the GoT Red Keep.
Kaštela: These seven coastal villages built around 15th and 16th century castles near Split were used as the set for Braavos, where Arya Stark is seen selling oysters.
From GoT Season 2, Iceland has been used to depict the wilderness Beyond The Wall. GoT fans can go on tours of the various locations, and such is the power of the show that it’s credited with boosting tourism to the freezing island massively.
Dimmuborgir: The area’s desolate lava fields were the setting for Mance Rayder’s camp in Season 3, and the corner of the Haunted Forest where Samwell Tarly and Lord Commander Mormont were attacked by white walkers.
Lake Mývatn: The site of Grjótagjá, the cave where Jon Snow breaks his Night Watch vows with Ygritte.
Thingvellir National Park: The GoT Bloody Gate scenes were filmed at this World Heritage Site, plus other scenes including Wildlings roaming South of the Wall. and the battle of the Hound and Brienne.
Essaouira: This historic coastal town was used to portray the dilapidated GoT town of Astapor, home to the Eunuch slave soldiers the Unsullied, where Daenerys was almost assassinated. Some King’s Landing scenes were also filmed here.