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Travel Guide: Game of Thrones

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With the smash hit television show Game of Thrones returning, we’ve gone all out in our journey to the Seven Kingdoms (Profile | Travel Guide (Essos) | Currency Spotlight). But for those of us who can’t make it all the way to Westeros, we’ve got the next best thing!

Over 7 seasons, Game of Thrones has filmed in countries across Europe, Africa, and even a little closer to home! Luckily, we’ve already covered every country the show has visited in our weekly Travel Guides! So pick your favorite, check out a brief description of what was filmed there, and start planning your Thrones getaway today!

Note: There will be minor spoilers (namely place names) for seasons 1 to 6 of Game of Thrones. Read on at your own risk. This guide was updated prior to the beginning of season 7.

The Countries of Game of Thrones

Canada | Croatia | Iceland | Malta | Morocco | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Spain | USA

Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland serves as the home base for Game of Thrones, with a studio in Belfast and outdoor locations throughout the country used. More scenes for the show are filmed here than anywhere else, from season 1 all the way to season 7. (Travel Guide)

Croatia

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Starting in season 2, the city of Dubrovnik served as the stand in for King’s Landing (the capital of the Seven Kingdoms). In addition, the famous Diocletian’s Palace in Split has been used for scenes in Meereen starting in season 4. Many other locations are also featured. Though producers stated the country would not be used for filming in season 6, cast members were spotted in costume in Dubrovnik nonetheless. For season 7, all production formerly in Croatia has shifted to… (Travel Guide)

Spain

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Spain seems to be the new favourite for Game of Thrones. It was used in season 5 for Dorne, particularly the famous Alcázar in Seville standing in for the Water Gardens and the Roman bridge of Córdoba used for Volantis. For season 6, Spain was the backdrop for some of the series most pivotal moments; a trend the looks set to continue into the seventh (largely when it comes to the more southerly locations). (Travel Guide)

Iceland

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Iceland, as it might not surprise you to learn, was used for some of the more northerly scenes in the show. Namely this included many places beyond the Wall starting in the second season. While certainly frigid looking, they are among some of the most spectacular landscapes on Game of Thrones(Travel Guide)

Morocco

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Morocco was originally used during the first (unaired) pilot, but the producers returned to the country for season 3. Particularly, the city of Essaouira was used as a stand-in for the slave-city of Astapor. (Travel Guide)

Malta

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Malta was home to the original King’s Landing in season 1, but has since been replaced by Dubrovnik and Spanish locations. In addition, the Azure Window (RIP) on the island of Gozo was used as the backdrop to a Dothraki wedding. (Travel Guide)

Scotland

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Scotland was mainly used in the original (unaired) pilot, with Doune Castle standing in for Winterfell. While production shifted to Northern Ireland when the full season was picked up, some of the original (Scottish based) scenes were left in. (Travel Guide)

USA

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For a scene involving a live bear (Bart the Bear 2, to be specific), the animal was filmed in Los Angeles before being digitally added to the set constructed in Northern Ireland – marking the show’s first time on this side of the Atlantic. (Travel Guide)

Canada

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Game of Thrones has finally come to Canada! Much like with the US, it was done for the purpose of filming with animals – in this case a Calgary area based wolf. (Travel Guide)


If you want to explore the Seven Kingdoms for yourself, check out our wholly unique Country of the WeekTravel Guide, and Currency Spotlight! Don’t forget about our Travel Guide for Essos.

For information on other, easier to get to places – there’s always Continental’s Countries.

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