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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. Its breathtaking icy landscape was the backdrop for many scenes North of the Wall. Specific locations include Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, Vatnajökull National Park, as well as the capital Reykjavik. Game of Thrones and a chance to see the Northern Lights? Yes please.

Viator does an 8-hour day trip of the filming locations from Reykjavik.

Go on a quest for your family in Spain

Possibly one of the most recognisable places is Girona, Spain, which became the setting of Braavos, where you can walk in the steps of Arya in these cobblestone streets. Other Spanish cities worth highlighting are Almeria (used for both Meereen and Dorne) and Seville (home to the famous Royal Alcazar which doubles as Dorne’s palace).

If you can fit in your budget, you can even stay in the same hotel the cast did during filming: Alfonso XIII Hotel

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.

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