Adventure of a Lifetime 9 Game of Thrones Locations You Can Actually Drive To

So, you’re just another ‘Game of Thrones’ fan, right?! If yes, you must’ve watched almost every episode of one of HBO’s most eminent season series, perhaps read all original books by George R.R. Martin or even both. Whatever type of a fan you are, we’ve just witnessed the series finale’ in June 2019 and the outcome of our favourite characters. The season itself managed to pull more than 19.3 million views around the world (including live television and online stream). 
 
 
Castle Doune, Scotland 
 
Doune Castle in Scotland and Castle Ward in Northern Ireland were chosen as famous shooting locations we all know as home of House Stark; none other than Winterfell. The Doune Castle was featured in the first season whereas Castle Ward in the rest. Just in case the Doune Castle looks kind of familiar, recall ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ as well as the scene where Kingslayer pushed Bran out of the tower window. 
 
Actual way to the castle is much easier though as compared to the series. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Glasgow Airport to get the feel of stepping in territories of Westeros. 
 
Verdala Palace Grounds, Malta 
 
When Daenerys Targaryen and her tyrannical brother Viserys were introduced, the scene was filmed in The Verdala Palace located in Malta. The palace was originally built way back in 1586 whereas in the series, it’s home to the Illyrio Mopatis who’s a trader in the Free City of Pentos, later marries off Dany to Khal Drogo and gifted her with three dragon eggs as a wedding present. In the real world however, you can conveniently arrive here in less than 30 minutes by driving from the Malta International Airport. 
 
The Azure Window, Gozo, Malta 
 
Another Maltese location is famous for one of the most intense and memorable scene from the series; none other than the bloody and bohemian wedding of Khal Drogo and Daenerys which took place right in front of the Azure Window. In 2017, extreme weather conditions collapsed a 28-metre limestone arch but still, the place is a true beauty and must visit if you wish to see all ‘Game of Thrones’ locations in real. The journey is a bit longer for it takes approximately two hours and you’ll also need crossing the Gozo Channel via vehicle ferry. 
 
Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland 
 
In the Westeros, Kingsroad is the longest which extends all the way from the King’s Landing in the South to the North at the Castle Black. Many of the famous characters in the series including Arya, Ned Stark and the Hound travelled through this particular route many times throughout the series. One of the most famous sectors of the Kingsroad is where Dark Hedges in the Northern Ireland was filmed. To get here isn’t too much of a challenge as you’ll travel from Belfast International Airport and walk North for about 40 minutes because driving here is forbidden. 
 
Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia 
 
The gardens of King’s Landing are known for most of the scheming and conspiracy. The meeting of Lady Sansa with Lady Olenna Tyrel and Margaery, her daughter took place here where she confessed of her true feelings for King Joffrey. Apart from that, Sansa also confronted Ser Dontos Hollard here who helped her escape King’s Landing after the assassination of Joffrey.  
 
The place here is stunningly beautiful and timeless where the gardens were filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Built by the noble Gozo family, the arboretum has experienced and survived both a war and forest fire. To get here requires more than 40 minutes’ drive from the Dubrovnik Airport. 
 
Audley’s Castle, Northern Ireland 
 
In the history of most shocking and unforgettable moments, “The Red Wedding” will always top the list which marks a gruesome and bloodied end of the Stark rebellion in the North. The Walder Frey castle in the show is referred to as the Crossing or the Twins being the only safe and convenient passage above the northern river lands. In the real world however, there’s only one tower while the other was created using CGI effects and known as Audley’s Castle in the Northern Ireland. If you’re driving from Belfast International Airport, it’ll take about an hour to get here. 
 
Gradac Park, Dubrovnik, Croatia 
 
The death of King Joffrey in the series took place during his own wedding and considered as absolute justice by the viewers because of all the wrongdoings the king did in his short rule of the Westeros. Apart from the brutality surrounding the king’s demise, the wedding venue is all too beautiful, glorious and full of luxury. The scene has been filmed at Gradac Park on the outskirts of Dubrovnik and can be visited following 30-minute drive up the coast from Dubrovnik International Airport. 
 
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland 
 
The famous mountainous region in the Northeast Westeros is The Eyrie which in the show is a castle built right on top of the mountain peak. The “Moon Door” which is circular and built right in the centre of the courtroom is a place where criminals were thrown to death as punishment and on the order of Robert, son of Lady Arryn.  
 
In real world, Eyrie location is a sight to behold and located in the Thingvellir National Park, Iceland which you can drive to by traversing through the scenic and rocky landscape. All you need is head to the northeast from Keflavik International Airport which takes a little more than an hour. 
 
Magheramorne Quarry, Northern Ireland 
 
In the show, the only blockade between the creatures and Wildings is Castle Black and always guarded by Night Watch’s personnel. Although portrayed as the giant, famous wall of ice in the North, it’s nothing more than a grey rock named Magheramorne Quarry in real. It was covered entirely by a massive greenscreen to give it special effects in the show. Getting to the wall is easy as you would move towards the east from Belfast International Airport unless you reach a small village. 

 

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