6 GAME OF THRONES LOCATIONS YOU NEED TO VISIT ONCE IN YOUR LIFE
We don’t know about you but we’re still reeling from GOT’s dramatic season 5 finale. Is you know who (no spoilers here) really a goner? Will Sansa have all her legs intact from that fall? What the actual F did Arya do? To keep the magic alive and kicking just a little longer, we thought we’d journey to Westeros and beyond to check out some of GOT’s most recognisable filming locations…
Plaza de toros de Osuna, Seville, Andalusia
Recognise this place? We thought you might. Home to one of the most intense and bloody thirsty scenes of series 5, Plaza de Toros doubles up as the slave fighting pit of Meereen where Khaleesi FINALLY does what we’ve all been willing her to do since season 1 – fly on a dragon.
Alcázar de Sevilla, Andalusia
Can you guess the fictional destination for this lush, palatial paradise? If you guessed the Water Gardens of Dorne you’d be correct! The private residence of House Martell, in real life the Alcázar de Sevilla offers a tranquil reprieve from the often times stifling Andalusian heat. Add in Jamie Lannister strolling around the gardens and this place is pretty much perfection…
The foreboding, other worldly glaciers and desolate snow scapes of Vatnajökull are the epitome of the bleak land North of the Wall. Cold, desolate and empty, Vatnajökull has an almost Martian quality to it in its hostile landscape, so pretty much a home from home for those pesky white walkers.
St. James Cathedral, Šibenik, Croatia
The home of the many faced God, St James Cathedral in Šibenik, Croatia takes on the role of the House of Black and White in Braavos (AKA Arya’s new home). To our knowledge it doesn’t contain the removed faces of thousands of lost souls. It is however a pretty spectacular creation.
No GOT location round up would be complete without a nod to the medieval city of Dubrovnik. The iconic setting for the ficitional city of King’s Landing, Dubrovnik’s rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking scenery make it the perfect setting for the spiritual home of the Iron Throne.
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Probably the most beautiful avenue of beech trees in the world, the Dark Hedges featured heavily in Seasons 1 & 2 as the road to King’s Landing. It was underneath these tangled beauties that Arya, disguised as a boy (we were never convinced) made her escape from King’s Landing. In real life these trees can be found on the way to Gracehill House, a rambling Georgian mansion set in the heart of the Northern Irish countryside.