I, like 90% of the rest of the world, am obsessed with Game of Thrones. (How good is the new series so far? It feels like it’s all about to kick off!) So when I visit a country and get a sniff of Game of Thrones being filmed there, I have to visit and wander around pretending I’m about to be rescued by Jaime Lannister (if only).
Two years ago we travelled around Spain and when we got to Seville I was thrilled to discover their Alcazar, a palace built during Moorish times, was the filming location for the Water Gardens of Dorne. When Paul saw how excited I was to be there he planned a trip to Dublin for my birthday and booked us on the Game of Thrones tour which takes you to the many filming locations in nearby North Ireland. It was fab – we visited Winterfell, met two of the direwolves, posed with swords and capes, and learned lots of interesting facts about how the series is filmed. I realised how much is added by CGI – when watching I often think the location looks amazing and I’d love to visit but most of it is probably created by CGI.
My Game of Thrones encounters in Ireland and Spain have totally made me want to visit more locations. Beyond the wall was filmed in Iceland (apparently you can visit Jon and Ygritte’s love cave!) and of course there’s Kings Landing AKA Dubrovnik which is apparently inundated daily with Game of Thrones enthusiasts.
Here’s a photo essay of the Game of Thrones locations I’ve visited.
Heading off on the tour.
Loads of scenes throughout all the series of Game of Thrones have been filmed in this forest in Ireland.
Where the very first scene in Game of Thrones was filmed – where the white walkers chop up the bodies.
Where Jon Snow and Tyrion camped in the first series.
Near where the Starks find the Direwolves.
We got to meet Grey Wind, Robb Stark’s Dire Wolf.
And Summer, Bran’s Dire Wolf.
I was so excited to meet Dire Wolf and Summer. The dog that plays Summer was very sleepy – even snoring at one point!
They were beautiful dogs.
Winterfell! You can see how much CGI is added.
Inch Abbey, where Cat found out about THAT death in series one.
There was a Game of Thrones quiz on the bus and the winner was crowned King of the North.
Me wearing The Hound mask brandishing a (fake) axe.
Two years ago we visited the Alcazar in Seville, Spain, which acted as the Water Gardens of Dorne.
The Alcazar in Seville, AKA Dorne.
Have you ever been to a Game of Thrones location? Are there any you’d particularly like to go to?