So Game of Thrones may over (still crying)… but for those major #GoT fans out there like me, you can still relive the seasons by visiting some of the amazing set locations from the show! About a month after the final season, Marco and I visited Dubrovnik, Croatia for the first time (see our Dubrovnik Guide) and I won’t lie about the fact that I was so excited to see some of the spots that they used in the show!
If you’re a fan you already know that Dubrovnik was the set for King’s Landing, the infamous capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Being one of the major set locations for the show, Dubrovnik has a wide range of Game of Thrones walking tours where you can hire a guide to take you around to the spots and explain more information. I recommend this if you would rather just show up and not have to do any of the research yourself, but if you’re more on a budget and prefer to do it on your own, this guide is for you!
Fort Lovrijenac (The Red Keep)
Our journey starts back in the Red Keep in Seasons 1 and 2. Many of the Red Keep scenes were filmed at Fort Lovrijenac, such as dialogues between Cersei and Little Finger in Season 1 and the tournament of Joffrey’s Name Day in Season 2. The fort is just outside the City Walls and offers an amazing view of the old town from high up, and the best part is it’s included in your City Walls ticket!
Dubrovnik West Harbour (Blackwater Bay)
The West Harbour (aka Blackwater Bay) is the backdrop for a number of #GoT scenes, such as the scene in Season 3 where Sansa and Shae playing a guessing game about the ships in the harbor and Littlefinger approaches Sansa to get her out of King’s Landing. It’s also featured in the scene where Myrcella Lannister leaves King’s Landing to head to Dorne for her arranged marriage with Trystane Martell. It’s also where Jon Snow says goodbye to his family in the final season (still bitter TBH).
The Jesuit Staircase (Cersei’s Walk of Shame)
One of the most iconic scenes in Game of Thrones was Cercei’s Walk of Shame in Season 5 after being imprisoned by the Sparrows. This staircase is right next to Saint Ignatius Church in the Old Town. Looking at the background of these scenes reminds me just how meticulous the CGI of this show is!
The City Walls themselves come up a few times in Game of Thrones, such as this scene above where Tyrion and Lord Varys discuss battle strategies to defeat Stannis Baratheon’s army in Season 2. You can get this view by walking out Pile Gate and staying to the left to get a view of the City Walls on your left and Fort Lovrijenac on your right. I recommend grabbing a coffee at the Dubravka 1836 Restaurant, which lets you sit right on the water to get this view!
Minčeta Tower (King’s Landing)
Some of the most iconic views of King’s Landing are from Minčeta Tower, the last corner and highest point of the City Walls as you make your way around them. The view from this corner gives the best perspective over the Old Town, which can be seen in many scenes over King’s Landing throughout the show. Unfortunately, it won’t look like this anymore since it was destroyed by dragons… Okay, bad joke! 😉
Below is a map of these locations so you can get a visual:
This list doesn’t include every scene taken place in Dubrovnik since there are a few I didn’t get photos of, but these are the main recognizable sights that are easy to walk to and see on your own! I recommend saving these points to Google Maps before you head out for the day so you can easily find them, and try to keep your exploring to the early morning or sunset (you’ll thank me later). The City Walls open at 8am so I would try to be there a few minutes before to beat the heat and crowds 🙂
I would love to hear from my fellow #GameOfThrones fans who have been to Dubrovnik what your thoughts were, and if you felt it lived up to the hype! As always, share this post on social media if you enjoyed it and pin the image below to your Pinterest if you’d like to save it for later!