Check out these Game of Thrones filming locations popular with fans
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Game of Thrones is one the most expensive TV shows ever made, filmed in various locations around the world in order to capture Westeros in the most accurate way possible.
Thanks to the show’s popularity, certain locations in Iceland, Croatia, Spain, and Malta - to name just a few - have become a beacon for fan tourism. Some of them are even right here in the UK or close by in Ireland.
Slay in Croatia
The place that has gained the most tourist traffic is Klis, Croatia, with a 578% increase since it became the city of Meereen, where Daenerys ruled and became the ‘Breaker of Chains’.
Another popular destination in Croatia is Dubrovnik; this was already one of the most prominent tourist spots in the Mediterranean but is now even more famous due to becoming King’s Landing in the show. You can follow Cersei’s footsteps from her Walk of Shame… if you’re into that.
Tours can be taken in Dubrovnik and Split.
Join the White Walkers in Iceland
In case there wasn’t enough reason to visit one of the most beautiful and safest countries in the world, you can now also take a Game of Thrones tour in Iceland.
Go on a quest for your family in Spain
Possibly one of the most recognisable places
If you can fit in your budget, you can even stay in the same hotel the cast did during filming: Alfonso XIII Hotel.
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Lose your head in Malta
Next, we have the island of Malta. Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding was filmed here, as well as the beheading of Ned Stark. The former was in Azure Window, and the latter in Fort Manoel. Some scenes have also been filmed on the old-fashioned streets; the country is so old that nothing had to be changed except a letter box.
You can book a tour here, with guides that actually worked on the set.
Join the Greyjoys in Ireland
If you want to stay a little closer to home, there are plenty of filming locations in Northern Ireland, including the iconic Giant’s Causeway. Since the majority of studio shooting occurs in Belfast, many of the surrounding areas are used for on-location filming as well; it’s home to the Iron Islands and parts of Winterfell. Tours depart from Belfast, Dublin, Derry and Tollymore and you can book them here.
Also, the hotel Ballygally Castle offers various Game of Thrones experiences including tours, afternoon tea, and even a banquet. It is also home to one of the special Game of Thrones doors; there are 10 of them, each carved from trees that fell from the Dark Hedges and you can find them all across Northern Ireland!
P.S. Wherever you go, remember to respect the culture. The locals are probably getting annoying by being constantly surrounded by people in Game of Thrones T-shirts.