Now that we got the caveats out of the way, here it is: a Game of Thrones fan’s travel bucket list!
- KING’S LANDING: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
The ancient port city of Dubrovnik has seen a steady increase in tourism since they first used it to depict King’s Landing in Season 1. Executive Producer David Benioff said, “The first time we saw Dubrovnik, I was in shock, because the whole city really looked the way we pictured King’s Landing looking.”
- WINTERFELL: CASTLE WARD, NORTHERN IRELAND
The vast 1000-acre grounds surrounding Castle Ward has hosted the production team as they bring to life many of the series’ key moments, including scenes featuring Winterfell, seat of the House Stark and capital of the North. Much of the first 2 seasons took advantage of the sheer size of its grassy farmyard, perfect for army camp sequences, and ancient structures including Audley’s Castle.
- THE WALL AND CASTLE BLACK: MAGHERAMORNE QUARRY, NORTHERN IRELAND
The Magheramorne Quarry is an abandoned limestone quarry in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This is where the Castle Black set was installed. (It has also been used as Hardhome and the city walls of King’s Landing in Season 2’s Blackwater episode.) It is currently not accessible to the public, but there are pending plans of reopening it as a mountain biking center. Fingers crossed.
- BEYOND THE WALL: ICELAND
Most of the events north of the Wall of Westeros are realized in Iceland. This includes the glacier at Snæfellsjökull (I don’t even know how to pronounce that properly) which was used as the Fist of the First Men; Mývatn Lake, a frozen lava lake close to the town of Akureyri, which was where Mance Rayder’s wildling group dwelled; and Grjótagjá Cave, where Jon Snow and Ygritte had a very wet consummation of their love.
- DORNE: SEVILLE AND GUADALAJARA, SPAIN
Dorne was actually what I was so excited to see on television. I just thought it had the most character. Dorne, the southernmost region of the Seven Kingdoms, in the books was actually inspired by medieval Spain, so it totally makes sense that they chose Seville as location, including Sunspear, seat of House Martell, which was actually the Alcázar of Seville in reality.
This season, fans are also excited to see the Tower of Joy, which was said to be Castillo de Zafra, a 12th-century castle in Guadalajara. Now that you know where to go do not hesitate to book cheap flights and start flying.