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Game of Thrones: The Breathtaking Real Life Locations From The Show

Updated on October 6, 2017

One of the most loved TV shows of all times Game of Thrones has got a captivating narrative.

The most appealing aspects in its storytelling is the detailing and its visual effects. The old castles, the roads, the rivers, the towering arches and the absolutely dramatic landscapes have added charisma to the song of Ice and Fire. The best part of these landscapes is that most of them are real places located in Europe. Of course, they can be visited.

So it’s time for our zealous generation of travelers to get their bags packed because the road to Dragonstone is not taken.

The King’s Road

One of Arya Stark’s major escapes from King’s landing was screened in Season 2 when she disguised herself as a boy and fled to the North. The tunnel like road that she traverses during this escape is found along Bregagh Road in County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. The absolutely quiet & magnificent path adorned with a stretch of Beach trees is called The Dark Hedges. This glorious location has attracted travellers even before Game of Thrones made it famous. In fact, this pathway was screened in the movie Transformers as well.

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland


King’s Landing

Through the seasons of Game of Thrones, the capital of the seven kingdoms, King’s Landing, was screened as a jubilant city of power and influence. From the spiteful reign of King Joffrey to the many conspiracies of Cercei, the localities of King’s Landing have been adding flavour to these characters. Most of the shots for this land were taken in Dubrovnik, a city in Croatia. In fact, it was during Cercei’s walk of shame that this antique city was exhibited in detail.

Dubrovnik, Croatia


Staircase leading to Dragonstone

In the latest season of Game of Thrones, Jon along with Davos Seaworth climbed up the winding staircase so that they can meet the Dragon Queen. During their walk up these stairs, they even witnessed the splendid dragons flying over their heads. Although engrossed in the show, everyone noticed the absolutely enchanting stairs that went up to the castle. In real, the stairs did not actually lead to the Dragonstone, but the stairs is real. The flight of steps actually heads to the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe which was once a monastery. This absolutely exquisite path is located near Bakio in Spain.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

By flydime, CC BY 3.0,
By flydime, CC BY 3.0, | Source


The city of Braavos is repeatedly shown in many episodes of Game of Thrones. One significant plot in Braavos is when Arya travels to the place to find Jaqen H’ghar so that she can be trained to be no one.

The real Braavos is a well-known tourist location in Spain called Girona. In fact, after being screened in the show, this age old city has become home to many more travellers around the world. Apart from the bleak streets that we see in GOT, Girona is known for its old cathedrals and churches with historic implications.

Girona, Spain



Starting from the first season, Winterfell has always been the tranquil abode of the Starks. The huge grey towers always remind us of Ned, the Direwolves, and the Starks, the most loved family in the show. The actual grey towers of Winterfell are the Castle Ward located in County Down in Northern Ireland.

Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

By William Marnoch from Cambridge, UK (Castle Ward) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By William Marnoch from Cambridge, UK (Castle Ward) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

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      Susan SJ 7 months ago

      Thank you :)

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      Chad Crouch 7 months ago from South Africa

      Looks awesome!


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