The ultimate travel bucket list for Game of Thrones fans

May 28, 2019


With the epic Game of Thrones TV fantasy series airing for the final time last week, many fans have been left with a little GOT sized hole in their lives. Sound familiar? If you’ve been glued to your screen for the past 6 weeks, we’ve got the perfect way for you to get your fix!

Bring to life the fictional world of the Seven Kingdoms with our bucket list of the most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations. From the striking fortress walls of King’s Landing to the black sand beaches of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, these are all locations you really can visit.

 

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King’s Landing: Dubrovnik, Croatia

The stunning city of Dubrovnik has doubled as King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros, since series two. The spectacular UNESCO-listed world heritage site is arguably one of the most loved Game of Thrones locations. Hemmed by the emerald waters of the Adriatic Sea and with a maze of terracotta-roofed houses, it’s easy to see why!

 

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Illyrio’s Mansion: Verdala Palace, Malta

This commanding palace appears in series one as the home of Illyrio Mopatis in Pentos and is where the Targeryens live in exile. The palace is the summer residence of the president of Malta and occasionally open for public tours. You can even explore the attractive Buskett gardens, where Daenerys meets Khal Drogo for the very first time.

 

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Fist of the First Men: Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Part of the largest glacier in Europe, Svínafellsjökull was the location for the Fist of the First Men in series two. The mighty Vatnajökull glacier is where Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand are held hostage by the Wildlings. Intrepid explorers can don crampons and pick axes for a glacier hike on this immense outlet glacier.

 

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Eastwatch-by-the-Sea: Vík, Iceland

The dramatic black sand beaches of Vík feature in series seven as Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. This seaside town is where Wildlings come ashore to trade with the men of the Night’s Watch. The southernmost village in Iceland, picturesque Vik looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean. The black volcanic sand beach has also been named as one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth!

 

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Kingsroad: The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

With its tunnel of trees, Game of Thrones fans will recognise the Dark Hedges as the Kingsroad – a grand highway that runs from Castle Black to the capital. The Kingsroad appears on our screens in series two, when Arya heads north to search for her family. Could this be the most photographed location in Northern Ireland?

 

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Yunkai: Aït Benhaddou, Morocco

A fortified city on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Aït Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been the film location for a whole host of Hollywood blockbusters, from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator. In series three of Game of Thrones it was also the setting for Yunkai, a slave city liberated by Daenerys.

 

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Palace of Dorne: Alcázar, Seville, Spain

Seville’s UNESCO-listed palace, Real Alcázar, is the setting for the palace of Dorne in series five. With ornate courtyards and extravagantly decorated ceilings, the palace is an architectural beauty. Founded in the 10th century as the fort for the Cordoban governors, the Moorish fortress is the oldest European palace still in use.

 

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Dragonstone: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

In series seven, this islet on the coast of Biscay is the setting for Dragonstone, which is Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestral home. Visitors to the rocky outcrop can climb the winding stone steps to see the ancient monastery on the mountaintop.

 

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