Brilliant holiday ideas for all Game Of Thrones fans

Ready to vacay like Daenerys Targaryen?

By Amy Lewis, 12 September 2016
Brilliant holiday ideas for all Game Of Thrones fans

Winter is coming, and all Games of Thrones fans know exactly what that means; it’s time to take a trip!

From the Dornish Kingdom to King’s Landing, here’s where to go for a taste of the Seven Kingdoms.

With the current extended break between Seasons 6 and 7, there’s never been a better time to book a break inspired by your favourite GoT House.

Love the rugged landscape of Jon Snow’s North? The sun-scorched desert ruled by Daenerys Targaryen? How about a snowy adventure in the style of the Free Folk?

Naturally, you can rewatch all the epic action from Seasons 1 through to 5 on DVD, too. But is there anything better than retracing the steps of your ultimate Game of Thrones heroes?

From the Dornish Kingdom to King’s Landing, here’s where to go for a taste of the Seven Kingdoms.


If House Lannister’s current spot at King’s Landing is your idea of an idyllic getaway, pop over to the city of Dubrovnik, which sits on Croatia’s coast.

A prime filming location for Game of Thrones, the shimmering Mediterranean sea is often seen washing against Dubrovnik’s famously rocky shores during scenes at King’s Landing, while parts of Cersei’s Walk of Penance were filmed on the winding limestone streets of the city’s Old Town.

Just outside Dubrovnik, you can also visit Trsteno Arboretum, which is used during filming of the Red Keep’s incredible gardens.


Tempted by the sun scorched desert we’ve seen Daenerys Targaryen roaming these past few seasons? Morocco is your best bet.

Head to the bustling souks of Marrakech to recreate the busy Dothraki market scenes, or book a guided trip through the Atlas Mountains, where you can arrange to camp beneath the stars in the Berber desert.

For a taste of Yunkai or Slaver’s Bay, visit the UNESCO heritage site known as the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou - a cluster of centuries-old earthen buildings which have appeared in many films including Gladiator and The Mummy.

Don't miss the oceanfront Medina of Essaouira, either. It was used as the setting for scenes of sun-baked Astapor, home of the Unsullied.

Northern Ireland

If the rugged beauty of House Stark’s beloved North has left you yearning for greenery and open wilderness, head to Northern Ireland.

The region doesn’t only recreate the the feeling of lands surrounding Winterfell, but parts were actually used as filming locations too.

Head to Tollymore Forest Park in search of your own direwoolf, hike through the leafy Mourne Mountains (the foothills have provided many a GoT backdrop), or download the Game of Thrones Filming Locations app, which will take you on a tour of all the easy to access hot spots.

You can even wander around the grounds of Castle Ward, which has been used to depict the sturdy towers of Winterfell. Book a guided Game of Thrones tour (you can even dress up) for a truly immersive experience.

Seville, Spain

Strongly influenced by medieval Spain, House Martell’s Dornish Kingdom is best experienced in sunny Seville.

Drink Andalucian wine, which boasts the same global reverie as Dorn’s much enjoyed vino, tuck into a tapas feast full of exotic flavour, and soak up the rich Moorish architecture.

The winding streets of Seville were used to film much of Dorne’s capital, Sunspear, while a trip to the Alcázar of Seville, a royal palace built by Moorish Muslim kings in the 12th century, is a must to see the stunning water gardens used as the backdrop for House Martell’s private residence.


If the snowy climes of the Free Folk is more your thing, book a trip to Iceland, where several scenes from ‘beyond the Wall’ have been filmed.

Actual glaciers were used for much of the icy Wildling action, which if you’re tough enough, you can visit in real life - head to Snæfellsjökull, a stratovolcano covered by a glacier, or book a tour of Glacier Svinafellsjokull near Skaftafell National Park.

Meanwhile, popular tourist spot Grjótagjá, a small cave with a geothermal spring, is the very same heated pool where Jon Snow and Ygritte shared an intimate moment. You can even take a dip yourself!

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