So you’re a Game of Thrones fan. You’ve seen the TV show and you’re wondering where it was filmed. Throughout most of the seasons Dubrovnik in Croatia has been the set for Kings Landing. In this post I will show you where all the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik are, including the Red Keep, Qarth Blackwater Bay and other areas of Kings Landing where scenes like the uprising or the walk of shame took place.
If you’ve ever wondered; “where is Game of Thrones filmed?” this post will answer your questions! I have also included a map highlighting where each filming location is in the city, so that if you visit Dubrovnik you can recognise the sites as you wander the city and do your own Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour! I’ve also included photos that I took myself and screenshots from the TV show, so that you can recognise the spot if you don’t trust me. So let’s jump in and discover all the filming locations of Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik!
- 1 Every Game of Thrones filming location in Dubrovnik mapped
- 1.1 1. The Red Keep: Lovrijenac Fort
- 1.2 2. The Purple Wedding: Gradac Park
- 1.3 3. Blackwater Bay
- 1.4 4. The Riot: Pile Gate, just outside walls of the Old Town of Dubrovnik
- 1.5 5. The House of Undying: Minčeta tower
- 1.6 6. The Walk of Shame: Spanish steps by Saint Ignatius Church
- 1.7 7. Qarth: the Rector’s Palace
Every Game of Thrones filming location in Dubrovnik mapped
Numbered on the map you can see all the main Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik:
- The Red Keep
- The Purple Wedding
- Blackwater Bay
- The Riot
- The Tower of Undying
- The Walk of Shame – the read circle is the main scene on the staircase, the other circles with a 6 in purple are other spots around Dubrovnik where this scene was filmed
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1. The Red Keep: Lovrijenac Fort
The vast majority of scenes that take place within the Red Keep have been filmed inside the Lovrijenac Fort. This includes scenes like Joffrey’s name day or the long dialogues between Cersei and Littlfinger in Season 1.
Fun fact: You can rent the fort for a wedding at the moderate price of 4,000 EUR. I’m no expert in wedding venues but we thought it was a pretty good deal!
2. The Purple Wedding: Gradac Park
From the top of the Lovrijenac Fort there is a view over a parking lot and Gradac Park, where the Purple Wedding was filmed. In case you need a reminder about which one was the Purple Wedding, it’s the one where Joffrey gets poisoned. Guess the name comes from that? It’s not the easiest to recognise in photo, as there were a lot of physical props added to the scene. Even the fountain had an extra statue in the middle. That grey castle you can see on the right of the photo is fort Lovrijenac.
Fun fact: To film this scene they had to close off the whole parking lot next to the park, considerably worsening the traffic situation in Dubrovnik for a few days!
3. Blackwater Bay
The famous battle of Blackwater Bay. This little bay has become famous for that epic battle scene, but it has actually been used for a lot of other scenes too. Along the bridge in the middle there have been scenes like Shae watching over Sansa speaking to Littlefinger (see photo below). The bay between the walls of the Old Town and Fort Lovrijenac has also been the set for scenes like the boat departures from Kings Landing eg. when Myrcella goes to Dorne.
4. The Riot: Pile Gate, just outside walls of the Old Town of Dubrovnik
The riot is another famous scene in Game of Thrones. Just after Myrcella gets shipped off to Dorne the royal entourage is on its way back to the Red Keep when someone throws manure at Joffrey’s face (served him well, we all enjoyed that moment)! Joffrey orders the guards to kill everyone in the crowd and a riot starts. This scene is filmed in a space between the outer walls of the Old Town and the Old Town itself. You access it from a draw bridge, and have to walk down either the steps or the path you see in the photos to that archway, which leads into the Old Town.
5. The House of Undying: Minčeta tower
We all remember the scene when in Season 2 Danaerys gets back from a walk to find that her dragons have been stolen (If you’ve never seen the meme, just Google: Where are my dragons). Danaerys and Ser Jorah run to the House of Undying, this huge tower that doesn’t seem to have any door. Danaerys starts circling the tower, with Jorah right behind her, except that when she turns a corner she disappears, magically accessing the tower. This scene has been shot on the walls of Dubrovnik, around the Minčeta tower.
6. The Walk of Shame: Spanish steps by Saint Ignatius Church
This is probably one of the most famous scenes in Game of Thrones. When Cersei is forced to walk naked in the streets of Kings Landing from the Great Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep. All the time while having that annoying woman ring a bell in her ear saying “shame”. The first shot of this scene, when Cersei is standing at the top of the stairs looking down at the crowd, is filmed on top of the Spanish steps in Dubrovnik, by Saint Ignatius Church. The other numbers “6” in purple on the map are other parts of Dubrovnik which have been used for this scene. For example when in the TV show Cersei finally arrives at the Red Keep, in reality it’s one of the three gateways and bridges from which you can enter the Old Town.
Fun fact: This was the most expensive scene in Game of Thrones shot in Dubrovnik. See all those umbrellas and chairs in my photo? Those are all businesses, bars and shops that had to be paid their full day price in order to be closed for the filming. Plus all the people that live in that street had to be paid for privacy guarantees that they wouldn’t look out of their windows during the filming.
7. Qarth: the Rector’s Palace
Qarth was actually filmed in a number of different locations around Dubrovnik. The House of Undying / Minčeta tower is one of them. Another one is the Rector’s Palace, where the indoors scenes were shot. An example is when Danaerys asks for help and ships and the Thirteen rulers of Qarth reject her. Some of the Qarth scenes, like the party where the woman with a veiled face gives a message to Ser Jorah are actually shot in Lokrum Island, the island just in front of the Dubrovnik harbour. It makes you realise just how much work and logistics go into filming something as big as Game of Thrones. For 3 minutes of TV show which we see all together, the crew actually had to shoot on multiple days, moving from one side of the other city.
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You now know all the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik, also known as Kings Landing! Even though Dubrovnik is more famous as the set of Game of Thrones, when we arrived in Split we found that they did Game of Thrones walking tours also there. Have you been on a Game of Thrones walking tour before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below! As a hardcore Game of Thrones fan I really enjoyed doing the GoT walking tour of Dubrovnik and hearing the guide tell stories from the locals that participated as extras in the filming. However if you want to save some cash you can easily do your own tour by following this Dubrovnik Game of Thrones map and guide.
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