So you’re a Game of Thrones fan. You’ve seen the TV show, you fell in love with it and now you’re wondering where it was filmed. Throughout most of the seasons of Game of Thrones 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 match the real life location to the Game of Thrones tv scene if you don’t trust me. So let’s jump in and discover all the Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik!
- 1 Every Game of Thrones filming location in Dubrovnik mapped
- 2 What about doing a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones guided tour?
- 3 16 Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik
- 3.1 1. Lovrijenac Fort – The Red Keep
- 3.2 2. Dubrovnik West Pier – Blackwater Bay
- 3.3 3. Pile Harbour
- 3.4 4. Dubrovnik West Harbour
- 3.5 5. Fort Bokar
- 3.6 6. Gradac Park – The Purple Wedding
- 3.7 7. Pile Gate
- 3.8 8. Minčeta tower – The House of Undying
- 3.9 9. Jesuit Staircase by Saint Ignatius Church
- 3.10 10. Unnamed street
- 3.11 11. The Rector’s Palace – Qarth
- 3.12 13. St Dominic Street
- 3.13 14. Steps outside the Dominican Monastery
- 3.14 15. Ploce Gate
- 3.15 16. Lokrum Island
Every Game of Thrones filming location in Dubrovnik mapped
What about doing a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones guided tour?
We did a guided walking tour that in 2 hours took us to see all the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik. I have included all of those spots in this guide so that you can do your own Game of Thrones Dubrovnik walking tour. However if you want to have someone in person explain to you the locations and scenes without having to worry about where you’re going, a tour is just as fun and not too expensive. We booked the tour when we arrived in Dubrovnik. Just outside Pile gate where the buses stop you will find numerous stalls where you can purchase all sorts of tours and day trips. I usually prefer booking tours and excursion when I arrive at destination since you can always negotiate a bit and bring down the price, especially if you’re a big group. However if you’re travelling in summer and are afraid they will sell out, you can book your Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik tour below.
16 Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik
That’s enough fluff about Dubrovnik, time to jump straight into these awesome real life Kings Landing locations.
1. Lovrijenac Fort – The Red Keep
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 for a castle!
From the walls of Fort Lovrijenac you will also be able to see the next three Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik. If you look over you will see numbers 2 and 3 on my map, respectively Blackwater Bay and Kings Landing’s Harbour.
2. Dubrovnik West Pier – 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).
3. Pile Harbour
The beach on this side of the bay, closer to the Old Town walls, has been used as the harbour of Kings Landing. It was the set for any of the scenes where boats were departing from Kings Landing, such as in season 2, episode 6 when Myrcella leaves for Dorne, and then again in season 6 when Cersei is waiting for Myrcella to return.
Fun fact: That beach is usually the departing spot for kayaking tours in Dubrovnik. To film these scenes they had to rent out all the kayaking tours for the whole filming period.
4. Dubrovnik West Harbour
Just across the bay in Dubrovnik West Harbour (I’ll take you to explore other parts of Dubrovnik soon I promise!) you will find this picturesque facade with doors built into the rocks just below Fort Lovrijenac. This spot features in season 2 when the gold cloaks go into the city to murder all of Robert Baratheon’s bastard children.
Fun fact: In that scene of the show as the gold cloaks walk down the stairs you can see children diving from the steps into the water. They were local kids that were playing around during the filming and were allowed to stay since the directors thought it looked good.
5. Fort Bokar
Fort Bokar is part of the Dubrovnik Old Town walls. It was used very often throughout all seasons of Game of Thrones when they showed people walking along the city walls of Kings Landing. One of the most recognisable scenes is in season 2, episode 8, where Tyrion and Lord Varys are looking out at sea discussing the defence strategies for Kings Landing with the Red Keep visible in the background.
6. Gradac Park – The Purple Wedding
From the top of the Lovrijenac Fort there is a view over a parking lot and Gradac Park, where the Purple Wedding was filmed. The Purple Wedding is the one where Joffrey gets poisoned (guess the name comes from that?) It’s not that recognisable from my photo, since 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!
7. Pile Gate
The riot is another of the most famous scenes in Game of Thrones. In season 2, episode 6, 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.
The gate itself also features in season 3, episode 10, when Jamie Lannister returns to Kings Landing after being captured by Robb Stark and then freed by his mom.
Fun fact: Pile Gate is usually always open and the filming of this scene was one of the very rare moments in which they allowed it to be closed.
8. Minčeta tower – The House of Undying
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.
9. Jesuit Staircase by Saint Ignatius Church
The Jesuit Staircase by Saint Ignatius Church is the backdrop to 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 from the top of the Jesuit Staircase in Dubrovnik, by Saint Ignatius Church. Spot number 12 on the map at the start of this post is another area of Dubrovnik where they filmed the Walk of Shame.
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.
10. Unnamed street
Not a very useful heading for this Game of Thrones filming location, my apologies for that! This narrow street was seen very briefly in season 2, episode 6, when Sansa was running away from the riot. It’s just next to the top of the Jesuit Staircase so it’s easy to find, even if Google Maps won’t give me a name for it.
11. The Rector’s Palace – Qarth
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. 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.
13. St Dominic Street
There is a specific spot of St Dominic Street, where the street splits up and one side goes towards the Old Town walls and the other goes up a set of stairs that also features during the Walk of Shame in season 5, episode 10. In Game of Thrones we see Cersei walking in the middle of the street with the crowd flanking her on every side along the walls, on the steps and leaning over to watch her.
14. Steps outside the Dominican Monastery
The Dominican Monastery has a set of very recognisable circular steps that lead to its front door. These were used in season 2, episode 5, when they gave the protest speech against the Lannisters.
15. Ploce Gate
Ploce Gate is the eastern entrance to the Old Town and features more than once in Game of Thrones. The most recognisable appearance is in season 5, episode 10, when Cersei finally arrives at the Red Keep after doing the walk of shame all throughout Kings Landing. This was filmed in the area just the outside the gate on the bridge that goes into the Old Town. On the inside of the gate they filmed a scene of season 2 where Tyrion speaks to Lancel Lannister from inside his transport carriage.
Fun fact: To film in public streets of Dubrovnik they would usually close off that specific street or section of the town so nobody could see the scenes being filmed. In this specific spot just closing off the streets wasn’t enough, since the Old Town walls in this spot are quite low and people could look down and see the filming from above. They had to have guards stationed on the Old Town walls to stop people from looking down.
16. Lokrum Island
And now for a bonus Game of Thrones location that isn’t shown in the map at the start of this post; Lorkum Island, just off the coast of Dubrovnik (that’s why it’s not in the map, it didn’t fit)! Lokru Island was used as set for some of the Qarth scenes, for example in season 2, episode 5, where during the party in Qarth a woman with a veiled face gives a message to Ser Jorah. We didn’t visit Lorkum Island but we kayaked around it during our kayak sunset tour.
Fun fact: There are a number of wild peacocks on Lokrum Island, which gave the directors of Game of Thrones the inspiration to include them in the decorations of Qarth.
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 having a guide to tell us 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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