If you are a fan of Game of Thrones (and if you’re not you’re missing out) we have made a list of the top filming locations used in the series so far. Take a look at the locations below and start planning your very own trip to Westeros.
As the HBO production is based in Northern Ireland, the majority of the filming took place here. The first two seasons were filmed around Belfast, and you can either take an official guided tour or plan your own road trip.
If you want to see the Iron Islands, visit Pyke and Ballintoy Harbour. Ballintoy Harbour was the location where Theon Greyjoy first arrived after spending ten years in Winterfell.
If you want to retrace your steps through the series, head to Antrim Plateau where you can stand in the same spot where Ned Stark beheaded the deserter from the Night Watch. You can also visit the iconic Mussendun Temple, as the beach below is where Melisandre burned the Seven Idols of Westeros.
Other locations include Larrybane where Renly pledges to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned’s death, Dunseverick where Renly first encounters Melisandre, the caves of Cushendun where Melisandre gives birth to a shadow child, and the dark hedges of Armoy used in the first episode of series 2.
If you are a bannermen of the Starks and a true Northman, you will want to take a trip to Winterfell. The main location for Winterfell is Castle Ward, an 18th Century castle in County Down.
Iceland is also a major filming location for the show, and the primary setting for The Wall. You can go on a guided tour that includes the Vatnajokull glacier, Snaefellsjokull glacier and Lake Myvatn, and visit the spot where the Night Watch men were attacked by the White Walkers, and follow the route that Jon Snow and Ygritte took to reach the Wall.
Now its time to head south down the Kings road to King’s Landing. Originally, Kings Landing was shot in Malta during the first series, but due to damage to protected land caused by a subcontractor, the location was moved to Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. The Minčeta, Bokar, and Lovrijenac fortresses and the Old Town entrance gates were used during filming.
Daenerys Targaryen is fast becoming a favourite character for many GoT fans. If you want to visit Astapor to see where she and her Dragons acquired an army, go to Essaouira in Morocco.
Filming for the fourth series filming will return to Northern Ireland, Dubrovnik, Croatia and Iceland, and Croatia.
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This article was first posted on September 21, 2013