Your favorite character from HBO’s Game of Thrones may have been murdered in a brutal and unexpected way, but these stunning real life GoT locations still live on. It’s the perfect trip for any super-fan and you will be wanting to hop on the nearest dragon to feast your eyes on these wonders for yourself. In the meantime sit back in your Iron Throne and enjoy from the comfort of your own castle.
Fort Manoel, Malta
This 16th-century military establishment plays the part of Sept of Baelor the holiest place in Westeros. It is also the location of THAT shocking moment in Season 1.
Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland‘s Vatnajökull National Park has served scenes taking place in the Frostfangs, an icy mountain range in the far Northwest of Westeros.
Zafra Castle, Guadalajara, Spain
This impressive castle in Spain played the part of the Tower of Joy in Season 6, and was the site of the most anticipated moment of the season, the death of Lyanna Stark.
Alcázar de Sevilla, Seville
This absolute stunner was used for scenes taking place in the Water Gardens of Dorne. Originally home to Catholic Monarchs five centuries ago, this location saw Doran Martell walking the lush gardens.
This port city in North Africa has served as a home for arty types for decades with Jimmy Hendrix famously spending some time here. Most recently the actors of Game of Thrones descended on the city which perfectly played the part of Slaver’s Bay, home to the fictional ports of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen.
In Season 1 Malta was used for kings landing, by Season 2 the UNESCO world heritage city had taken over. Having 2km of defensive walls will always look great in GoT.
The Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland
These dark and ominous mountains are no stranger to inspiring works of fiction, serving as an inspiration for C.S Lewis when writing The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. For Game of Thrones, they have been used as parts of Vaes Dothrak, home to the Dothraki.
Plaza de toros de Osuna, Seville, Andalusia
This bullring was the scene of the most expensive scene in television history, THAT moment when Tyrion and Daenerys meet for the first time.
Around 100km north of Marrakech (Check out our Dos and Don’ts guide here) is Aït-Ben-Haddou, a choice location for many Hollywood filmmakers. Aït-Ben-Haddou has appeared in The Mummy, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia to name just a few. But in GoT it served as Yunkai and as Pentos.
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors as they approached Gracehill House. In Game of Thrones, the avenue takes the role of the main road from King’s Landing and saw Arya escape the city dressed as a boy. To visit it for yourself go north on Bregagh Road in Ballymoney, County Antrim.