If names like Westeros, King’s Landing and Red Keep get you all excited, then in all probability, you’re an ardent Game of Thrones (GoT) fan. Do you want to see where Daenerys Targaryen spends her time in Slaver’s Bay, where Ned Stark and Howland Reed fight Ser Arthur Dayne or visit Winterfell, home to the Stark family? Well, you can. Here are six Game of Thrones locations for real!
Castle Ward, Northern Island
In GoT, the 18th century mansion of Castle Ward near the village of Strangford is Northern Island was pictured as Winterfell, the residence of the House of Stark. The manicured lawns are as pleasing as the opposing Gothic and Classical styled architectural structure that it surrounds. On the premises of this National Trust property are walking and bicycle trails, a tower house, Victorian laundry and even a working corn mill.
GoT Scene: On the shore of Strangford Lough in nearby Audley’s Field was where Jaime Lannister was captured and released.
Essaouira served as Slaver’s Bay where fictional ports of Astapor and Yunkai exist in GoT. Morocco’s seaside city with its mix of African, Arabic and French influences is a premier windsurfing and kitesurfing destination and makes for the perfect retreat far from the maddening crowd of the mainland. Interesting residents of Essaouira are its argan tree-climbing goats that are indigenous to the region. Quite the sight!
GoT Scene: It was in Essaouira that Daenerys Targaryen arrived in the city of Astapor where she bought her army of the Unsullied to join her forces.
Fort Manoel, Malta
Dating back to the 18th century, Fort Manoel was built by the Order of Saint John on the Manoel Island in Malta. Significant in history and used as a base by the Royal Navy in World War II, Fort Manoel and its inner bastions have undergone extensive restoration over the years. Locals believe that the site is also haunted by the Black Knight wearing the armour and regalia of the Order of Saint John.
GoT Scene: Fort Manoel served as the location of Sept of Baelor and also where a pivotal scene with Ned Stark was filmed.
Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
What GoT fans know as the area beyond the Wall is actually Vatnajökull National Park or Vatna Glacier in Iceland. Covering a staggering area of about 8,000 square kilometres, Europe’s largest glacier is 1,000 metres deep and has within it central active volcanoes. The Vatnajökull National Park has varied topography that includes icebergs, mountains and grasslands. The area also witnesses a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.
GoT Scene: The nearby cave of Grjotagja is where Jon Snow and Ygritte sleep together.
Ballintoy Harbour, Northern Ireland
Better known as the town of Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke in GoT, Ballintoy Harbour in Northern Ireland is a quaint fishing village. Spanning just a kilometre in length, it’s home to the Ballintoy Parish Church on the hill above the harbour along with charming shops and restaurants.
GoT Scene: Ballintoy Harbour is where Theon Greyjoy first meets his sister, Yara.
The main filming location for the fictional city, King’s Landing, in GoT is Dubrovnik in Croatia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik has much to offer by way of sights with the most prominent ones being the main street in Old Town, Stradun, made entirely of white marble, the Baroque-styled Jesuit Staircase and the 16th century Ethnographic Museum Rupe.
GoT Scene: From the top of Jesuit Staircase is where Cersei Lannister was forced to do the “Walk of Shame” scene.
Author: Devika Khosla
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