Where was Game of Thrones filmed?
From Iceland to Northern Ireland via Croatia, Malta and Spain the HBO blockbuster has taken in some eye-catching locations
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The moors and hills of Cairncastle provided the location for the opening scene, in which Eddard Stark executes a deserter from the Night’s Watch, while the lush grassy coastal cliffs of Carrick-a-Rede featured throughout the second series. The Dark Hedges in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, were also used to represent Kingsroad.
In series six, many of the episodes featuring the Dothraki were shot in and around the town of Almeria in Spain. The country’s Tabernas desert featured heavily as part of the Dothraki sea while the beaches of Dragonstone are filmed on Itzurun Beach in Zumaia and Muriola Beach near Barrika. Both beaches can be found on the northern coast of Spain.
The winding bridge that leads from Dragonstone’s beach to the castle is located in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain.
Iceland features in the first episode of series seven, when The Hound looks into the flames and says he sees a mountain that looks like an arrowhead. It is actually Kirkjufell, on the west of the island.
The glacier at Snaefellsjokull was used to represent the Fist of the First Men, as well as the harsh frozen mounts of the Frostfangs in series two.
Malta was used as the filming location in series one for several of the scenes set in warmer climates, primarily King’s Landing and Pentos. Production was centered on the town of Mdina.
Fort Ricasoli in Kalkarra was used to represent the Gate of the Gods in King’s Landing.
The Croatian coastal city Dubrovnik, with its medieval walls, was used for many scenes from series two onwards, primarily to represent King’s Landing exteriors.
Elsewhere in the country, Diocletian’s Palace in Split – the private mansion of the Roman emperor Diocletian, and a Unesco World Heritage site – was used in series four for several scenes.
In the pilot episode, the vast exterior of Winterfell, seen as King Robert Baratheon and his family travel to House Stark, was shot at Doune Castle, Scotland.
The castle, eight miles outside Stirling was also used in Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
The North African nation has been the site of a number of different Game of Thrones shooting locations, including the citadel of Ait-Ben-Haddou, which doubles as Astapor, one of the cities on Slaver’s Bay. The desert town of Ouarzazate, where Ait-Ben-Haddou is located.
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