The sexy, bloody and super-popular series is inspiring fans from across the world to seek out its dramatic real-life locations. Northern Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, Spain, Iceland and Malta have all provided the backdrop for the rich fantasy world created by George RR Martin in his epic novels.
Northern Ireland Locations for Game of Thrones
Filmed on location throughout County Antrim and County Down, as well as on set in Belfast, Thrones addicts visiting Northern Ireland will have hours of fun spotting the settings of their favourite Westeros scenes. Here are just a few of the more memorable...
Dark Hedges, Stranocum, County Antrim
Arya Stark escapes from King's Landing along the hauntingly beautiful King's Road in season two. The Kings Road is not impressive CGI but in fact a stunning beech tree lined road near Stranocum, planted 200 years ago by the Stuart family.
Castle Ward Estate, County Down
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Castle Ward near Strangford in County Down has seen all sorts of Game of Thrones action, being the main location for Winterfell (the family seat of House Stark). An 18th-century mansion (and 17th-century tower), it's also known for its eccentric mix of gothic and classical architecture and lovely position overlooking Strangford Lough.
Tollymore Forest Park, County Down
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This huge forest park at the foot of the Mourne Mountains is a magical woodland and garden near Newcastle, filled with manmade and natural curiosities. Northern Ireland's first state forest, it will be familiar to viewers from the first episode of the first series where Ned Stark discovers the dead stag and dismembered wilding bodies are found by the Night's Watch.
Downhill Beach, County Londonderry
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An awesome stretch of the Causeway Coast, Downhill is Northern Ireland's longest beach and also home to a tiny temple, Mussenden, which sits on the cliff 120 feet above. Fans will instantly recognise Downhill as the location for Dragonstone in season two.
Game of Thrones Locations Around the World
Minceta Tower, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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More recent series of Game of Thrones have used Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast to recreate much of Westeros. The UNESCO World Heritage site at Minceta served as the House of the Undying in season two's finale.
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Southern Spain became the world of Dorne for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Stunning locations include the former Muslim fort of Alcazar (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and official Seville residence of the Spanish royal family) which made a magnificent Water Gardens.
Azure Window, Gozo, Malta
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Gozo's iconic flat-topped limestone arch near Dwejra Bay is a haven for scuba divers and Game of Thrones junkies alike. It was the setting for the wedding of Daenerys Targayen and Khal Drogo in season one.
Ounila Valley, Morocco
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The Ounila River and ancient citadel Ait-Ben-Haddou represented the fictional city of Yunkai in season three. Nestled in the red-hued foothills of the High Atlas mountains, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a favourite location with Hollywood movie-makers too.
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And another World Heritage Site: Essaouira, a charming and famously windy fortified seaport on Morocco's west coast. Dating back to the late 18th century, and designed intriguingly by a Frenchman, it was transformed into Astapor for the third series.
Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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The beautiful, mysterious and very chilly Lake Myvatn region of northern Iceland was the ideal location for the 'Beyond the Wall' scenes of series three, set in the far north of Westeros. The area is famous for its craters, Hverir (a geothermal field), and Hverfjall volcano.Top