15 ‘Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing Filming Locations You Can Visit IRL
The visually stunning backdrops you see in Game of Thrones aren't just CGI and Photoshop: these are real places throughout the world you can actually have the chance to see for yourself. The HBO show has a huge budget that allows them to film all over the place, throughout many different countries. Most of the scenes beyond the wall and in Wildling country are filmed in Iceland, while many scenes on beaches and mountains can be found in various spots in the United Kingdom, especially Ireland. Spain is another popular spot for Game of Thrones filming locations, and some shots have also happened in Morocco as well. Then there is all the filming done in King's Landing — for such a terrible place, it is very, very beautiful. and fortunately, you can visit the Game of Thrones King's Landing filming locations in real life.
Most of the shots done in King's Landing were filmed in various places in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The small city offers the perfect backdrop for the Southern city in Westeros, and it is just as beautiful in real life — if not more beautiful, probably. Most of the King's Landing scenes can be found there, although there are a few other places where these shots were filmed.
These places are gorgeous and full of history, and most offer fun Game of Thrones tours, so it's not a bad idea to plan your next vacation around seeing them in person! Below are the King's Landing filming locations you'll want to go to on your own:
1. Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia
Lots of iconic King's Landing scenes have been filmed in Dubrovnik Old Town, a late-medieval walled city on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. It is full of beautiful old churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains, and once you see photos of the place (or see it in person), you'll notice many familiar scenes.
Head to St. Dominika Street to see the spot where many of the market scenes took place, along with the City Watch and "Gold Cloaks" scene. This is also where King Robert's illegitimate sons were murdered, and most notably is the street Cersei walked down in Season 5 when she was publicly shamed. Also located in Dubrovnik Old Town is the Ethnographic Museum, a building from the 16th century that doubled as the brothel where Tyrion Lannister meets Oberyn Martell in Season 4.
2. Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik's city walls are quite famous: these defensive stone walls have protected the city against artillery fire and the sea for many, many years. Actually, the whole city was once enclosed in these walls in the 13th century, and they worked very, very well. When looking at them and walking among them, you'll be transported to King's Landing.
3. Pile Gate, Croaita
Pile is the main entrance to Old Town, and it's where you can get beautiful views of the harbor located between Bokar and Lovrijenac fortress. All of the Pile corners have been used as King's Landing settings during various seasons of Game of Thrones, and it's not hard to see why.
Pile is also the fictional location of Blackwater Bay in the series. In GoT, Blackwater Bay is a major transport hub for ships and, of course, the location of the Battle at Blackwater Bay.
4. Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia
Trsteno is a small settlement just north-west of Dubrovnik (only about 20 minutes away), and it's worth the trip, as it is home to one of the oldest arboretums in the region. The Trsteno Arboretum holds a huge collection of exotic trees and shrubs and is beautiful to look at. It is also the setting for the King's Landing Palace Gardens. You'll remember that Olenna Tyrell spent most of her time there, and once you go, you'll understand why.
5. Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Croatia
Also found in Old Town, the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola was the backdrop for the steps seen in Cersei's walk of shame. It's also just a very beautiful, old church that is worth checking out for the history alone.
6. Fort Lovrijenac, Croatia
Fort Lovrijenac (or the Fort of St. Lawrence) is located on the western side of Old Town, just outside the city walls. The fortress includes a very thick wall that is super protective and worked for Croatians many years ago. You can visit and climb the 175 stone steps to get a better look around. In the show, it's better known as The Red Keep. This is the spot where filming happened for King Joffrey's name day, and it's also where Cersei speaks to Petyr Baelish in Season 2.
7. Bokar Fortress, Croatia
This is another spot that should look instantly recognizable to GoT fans, as it was often used as backdrop for King's Landing, especially in seasons two and three. You can see Bokar Fortress when Varys talks to Tyrion about being hand of the king and when they talk about their battle strategies against Stannis Baratheon. This medieval fortress is open year round for the public to explore.
8. Itálica Amphitheatre in Seville, Spain
Tons of Game of Thrones scenes have been filmed in Spain, especially in Seville, which is the backdrop for most of the Dorne scenes. But one spot in Seville also served as the setting for a King's Landing scene: the Itálica Amphitheatre in Santiponce, a province of Seville, is the site of the Dragonpit, which is where all of the main GoT characters gathered to discuss strategies against the White Walkers. The Itálica Roman Ruins are instantly recognizable.
9. Caceres, Spain
Caceres, Spain became another location for King's Landing scenes in Season 7. The Old Town features cobbled streets and high stone walls, similar to what's found in Dubrovnik. Oh, and the Castle of Trujillo was the scene of Casterly Rock in Season 7 when the Unsullied attacked.
10. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This beautiful street of beech trees in Northern Ireland known as the Dark Hedges are better known as the road from King's Landing in GoT, or Kingsroad. The Dark Hedges were planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors (which they surely did). It's on this road that Arya escapes King's Landing dressed as a boy.
11. Mdina Gate, Malta
Mdina is the 4000-year-old capital of Malta, also known as the Silent City. It was used as the setting for the gate to King's Landing in Season 1, when Catelyn and Ser Rodrik Cassel rode into the city to investigate Bran's attack.
12. Fort Ricasoli, Malta
A few different places have been used as the setting for the Red Keep in King's Landing, and For Ricasoli is one of them. Located at Gallows Point in Malta near the village of Kalkara, this is a seventeenth century fortress meant to defend the country during World War II. It actually can't be visited up close because it was so badly damaged, but you can still get close enough for photos!
13. San Anton Palace, Malta
Another setting for the Red Keep is the San Anton Palace, a sixteenth century palace in Attard, Malata. In the first series, this is where the Starks arrived and used the stables and where their attendants were murdered by Lannister soldiers. It also serves as the Red Keep's hallway, where Varys and Littlefinger told Ned Stark that the Goldcloaks were under his control.
14. Fort St. Angelo, Malta
Fort St. Angelo is yet another setting for the Red Keep, specifically the dungeon. It's where Arya was seen in a lot of scenes in the beginning of the show. It's located in the walled town of Birgu in Malta and was once a Roman settlement. It was often used for its underground tunnels in the show.
15. Fort Manoel, Malta
Located on Manoel Island in Marsamxett Harbor, Fort Manoel is also known as the setting for the Great Sept of Baelor, which is where King Joffrey executed Ned Stark in Season 1. You can explore the spot if you really want those memories.