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Big Game of Thrones fan? You’ve come to the right place! Journey to the spectacular real-life filming locations of this epic fantasy series. The fictional worlds of Westeros and Essos span many continents in real life across the globe—from mystical Northern Ireland to sultry Croatia. The best part? You can actually visit them yourself! Scroll down below for a peek, relive some awesome scenes in the video clips, and unleash your burning wanderlust.
Doune Castle in Scotland
Doune Castle by Buster Brown on 500px
Castle Ward in Northern Ireland
Castle Ward, Ireland by Maaike Annegarn on 500px
Castle Ward by Jase Wickham on 500px
Tollymore Forest in Northern Ireland
Tollymore Evening by Stephen Emerson on 500px
This is where the Starks first meet the direwolves as puppies.
Audley’s Castle and Woods in Northern Ireland
This where the Stark’s military encampment scenes were shot. See video.
Tower of Joy
Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Mexico
The flashback, featuring the mysterious place that holds the key to unlocking the biggest mysteries of the show and its main characters, was filmed right here.
The Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
? dark hedges by Andy Lee on 500px
The Kingsroad, described in the series as the longest highway in the Seven Kingdoms, is actually the iconic Dark Hedges in Ireland. You might recall this scene where Arya Stark and Gendry set out north for The Wall:
The Dark Hedges | Northern Ireland by James Pion on 500px
Dubrovnik in Croatia
D U B R O V N I K by Emir Terovic on 500px
All the scenes in King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in the series, were shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
…king's landing panorama… by roblfc1892 roberto pavic on 500px
Ballintoy Harbour in Northern Ireland
The scenes with Theon, Asha, Euron, and House Greyjoy in the Iron Islands were filmed in Ballintoy Harbour, Ireland. See video.
Seville in Spain
The scenes with House Martell and the Sandsnakes in Dorne were shot in Seville in an actual palace.
The Eyrie in the Vale of Arryn
Meteora in Greece
The Eyrie, ruled by House Arryn in the series, was filmed in Meteora, Greece. On the TV series, a CGI of the stronghold was added to enhance the rock pinnacles of Meteora.
So many great scenes were filmed here, including Tyrion Lannister’s imprisonment in the Sky Cells, plus Sansa Stark and Petyr Baelish’s lives hiding out as fugitives under Lysa Arryn’s reign.
The Wall and Land Beyond The Wall
Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Iceland
Glacial Spur by Michael Blanchette on 500px
And now we’ve come to the most famous location in the series—The Wall where the Men of the Night’s Watch guard from wildlings and White Walkers. All the scenes of Jon Snow’s adventures in the Night’s Watch were filmed in Iceland.
World Of Ice by Rainer Mirau on 500px
Þingvellir National Park in Iceland
Þingvellir Nationalpark Skjaldbreiður by Stefan Reiß on 500px
Thingvellir by Mark Mikkelsen on 500px
Mývatn by Leo on 500px
Dragonstone (the scene where Melisandre burns the Seven Gods)
Downhill Beach in Northern Ireland
Mussenden Temple in sunlight by Oisin Patenall on 500px
Dothraki Wedding in Essos
Azure Window in Malta
Azure Window, Island of Gozo, Malta by Rex Cen on 500px
When we first meet Daenerys of the House Targaryen in the series, it is at her wedding to the Dothraki Khal Drogo. These wedding scenes were shot in Malta.
Slaver’s Bay (Mereen)
Essaouira in Morocco
Lastly, you might recall these spots as the place where all the epic scenes with Daenerys and her dragons take place. Dracarys!
Essaouira by Francesco Scaramella on 500px
Peñíscola in Spain
Some of Tyrion’s adventures in Meereen were shot in the Peñíscola castle and its grounds.
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