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20 Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Filming Locations (With a Map)

20 Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Filming Locations (With a Map)

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If you are a Game of Thrones fan like us, then you probably find yourself wondering where the epic scenes were filmed. I know we sure did and that curiosity is what lead up to the incredible country of Croatia, and more specifically, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

A tour of the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations was high on our list when we planned a trip to this incredible city.

I mean, most fans know that Dubrovnik was King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, but did you know that many other scenes were filmed here also? I’m talking about scenes like Blackwater Bay, the Red Keep, Quarth, and Westeros.

We took a guided walking tour of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik and had a great time. That, combined with some personal research of my own, helped me put this post together for you.

Whether you want to take a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations tour or if you would like to do a self-guided tour of the filming locations, we have you covered.

You will get to explore Dubrovnik, take your picture on the iron throne, see the site of the famous battle of Blackwater Bay, and more when you explore using our Game of Thrones map.

Let’s jump into all of Dubrovnik’s filming locations of Game of Thrones!

Warning: This Game of Thrones filming locations guide contains spoilers and references to specific scenes in the series, so if you aren’t finished watching, proceed with caution!

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    Information About Dubrovnik As King’s Landing

    The city of Dubrovnik is an incredibly preserved 13th-century walled city located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

    The great town walls, fantastic architecture, and crystal clear water make it easy to understand why it is referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea.

    The entire old town portion of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Serving as the southern capital of Westeros in the Game of Thrones series, Dubrovnik makes it debut as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, in season two and continues to serve that purpose throughout the series thereafter.

    Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Filming Locations Guided Tour

    Of course, one option is to take a guided tour of the Game of Thrones filming locations in and around Dubrovnik.

    Participating in a guided tour allows you to relax as someone shows you around the city.

    We used Get Your Guide to book our Game of Thrones walking tour. We had a great time on this tour.

    Our guide, Davor, was excellent. He was funny and did a great job of ensuring everyone in our group felt included.

    Davor took time to take pictures of everyone. He even brought along his little dragon to be included in our photos. This is a fun added touch.

    So, if you want to do a guided Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations tour, then we highly recommend this tour.

    If you want to do a self-guided tour, then keep reading as we have you covered there also.

    Map of Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Filming Locations

    If you want to do a self-guided tour, use this map of the filming locations to assist you.

    As you can see, most of the GOT filming locations are located inside the city. You can easily spend a day roaming around Dubrovnik exploring the city and filming locations.

    Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Dubrovnik

    Pile Gate Entrance to Dubrovnik Old Town

    The Pile Gate entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik is one of the most popular entry points. Foot traffic flows in and out of this historic gate day and night.

    While the Pile Gate Entrance to the old town was used in several Game of Thrones episodes, the most famous scenes shot here are the scenes from Season 2, Episode 6, titled The Old Gods and the New.

    During this scene, King Joffrey returns to the Red Keep after his sister, Marcella, has been sent to Dorne. On his way through town, he is attacked by an angry mob.

    King Joffrey screams during the attack, “Kill them, kill them all.”

    The Pile Gate entrance was also the filming location in Season 3, Episode 10, when Jamie Lannister returns to King’s Landing.

    Pile Harbor (Pile Bay)-Kolorina

    Close to Pile Gate, you will find a small beach. This beach was the setting for King’s Landing harbor, Pile Harbor, or Pile Bay.

    Located just outside the old town, Pile Harbor is one of the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations used several times in the series.

    You will find the small beach that is Pile Harbor, located between Fort Lovrijenac and Bokar Fortress.

    You will recognize the area from another famous scene from Season 2, Episode 6, The Old Gods and the New. This area was the beaches of King’s Landing. It is here where the Lannisters say goodbye to Marcella when she is sent off to Dorne.

    It is also on this beach that Cersai awaits Marcella’s return in Season 6, Episode 1, The Red Woman.

    West Pier – Blackwater Bay

    You will also notice a small pier near Pile Harbor close to Fort Lovrijenac. This pier also served as the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming location for several scenes.

    One of the most famous scenes shot at the west pier is from Season 2, Episode 9, Blackwater. This location was the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming location that was used to film the battle of Blackwater Bay.

    It is the west pier where Sansa and Shae watch ships in Season 3, Episode 1, Valar Dohaeris. During this scene, Littlefinger arrives and stands on the end of the pier with Sansa. You can see us reenact this scene in the picture below.

    Dubrovnik West Harbour – Blackwater Bay

    If you look to the right of the west pier (when facing the sea), you will see another of the popular filming locations used in Game of Thrones.

    The beautiful stone staircase and the sea-facing doors were a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming location for Season 2, Episode 1, The North Remembers.

    Any Game of Thrones fan will immediately recognize this area from the scene where the Gold Cloaks set out into King’s Landing to murder all of Robert Baratheon’s bastard children.

    This picturesque area is located outside the Pile Gate and under Fort Lovrijenac.

    This was one of our favorite spots in Dubrovnik. We loved sitting at the little cafe located here at sunset. It is a great spot to have an evening cocktail.

    Fort Lovrijenac – The Red Keep

    Take the stairs leading west from the Dubrovnik West Harbour for another Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming location, Fort Lovrijenac.

    Lovrijenac Fortress is a historic fort high on a cliff overlooking the city walls and old town Dubrovnik.

    The fort was used as the iconic Red Keep in Game of Thrones. The Redd Keep is the residence of the King of the Andals, located in the fictional city of King’s Landing.

    The Red Keep first appears in Season 2, Episode 1, The North Remembers. It then appears several times in Seasons 2 and 3.

    The scene where King Joffrey abuses his new fool on his name day was filmed on the upper walls of the fortress.

    Another epic Game of Thrones scene filmed here takes place in Season 1, Episode 2. This scene is when Cersei Lannister tells Littlefinger that “power is power” in response to his saying, “knowledge is power.”

    This area is also the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming spots where the men try to rape Sansa after the riots in King’s Landing. This was filmed at one end of the corridor while they used the other end to show King Joffrey safe at home in the Red Keep.

    You can also see the fort in Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 1, Valar Dohaeris. This scene is when Bronn tries to get Tyrion to double his pay now that he is knighted.

    The fort also appears in Season 3, Episode 5, Kissed by Fire. This is when Cersei asks Littlefinger to help remove Tyrion Lannister from King’s Landing.

    Pro Tip: If you plan to visit Fort Lovrijenac and the Dubrovnik City Walls, you can save a little money by purchasing the Dubrovnik card.

    Gradac Park-The Purple Wedding

    Located next to old town is Gradac Park. This Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming location is where the infamous Purple Wedding was filmed.

    The Game of Thrones scenes filmed here includes the Purple Wedding feast, where King Joffrey was poisoned. This scene is in Season 4, Episode 2, The Lion and the Rose.

    The park also appears in Season 4, Episode 3, Breaker of the Chains, where Sansa flees King’s Landing.

    You can see the park from the top of Fort Lovrijenac. It is one of the Game of Thrones Dubrovnik iconic filming locations, so it is worth the short walk.

    Don’t be disappointed when you visit the park, though. It does not appear exactly as it did in the Purple Wedding. The iconic scene of the Purple Wedding incorporated many physical props.

    Pro Tip: After visiting the Game of Thrones location, enjoy the park. The scenic forest trail is great for walking. There is also a secret beach here that is perfect for swimming.

    Bokar Fortress

    The southern end of the city walls is the home of the iconic Bokar Fortress. Visitors to Dubrovnik aren’t allowed inside the fortress, but, Thrones fans can spot it from the city walls.

    The fortress was featured in Season 2, Episode 8, The Prince of Winterfell. Bokar Fortress is seen in the background of the Game of Thrones scene featuring Tyrion and Lord Varys standing overlooking the Narrow Sea, discussing how they will protect the city from Stannis Baratheon.

    Of course, Fort Bokar can be seen in many of the shots of the old town and shots of the city walls of King’s Landing.

    The best views of the fort can be found at Fort Lovrijenac or from the old town city walls.

    Dubrovnik City Walls

    Another of the Game of Thrones locations is the Dubrovnik City Walls.

    The City Walls date back to the Middle Ages and are one of the most epic features of this fortified port city.

    The Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming locations featured the great city walls in numerous scenes throughout the series.

    The city walls are featured in Season 3, Season 5, and Season 6.

    One of the most notable Game of Thrones scenes featuring the city walls is in Season 3, Episode 1, Valar Dohaeris. This scene depicts Tyrion, Bronn, and Podrick walking along the walls around King’s Landing.

    If you take a Game of Thrones tour, check to see if you get access to the city walls or not. If you don’t, you can walk the walls by purchasing a city walls ticket. Just be sure to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.

    Menceta Tower (Mineeta Tower)

    The Menceta Tower is located on the Northeast corner of the old town city walls and is the highest point of the old town city walls.

    The most iconic scene of Daenerys asking, “Where are my dragons?!” in Season 2 was filmed at Mineeta Tower.

    The most iconic scenes of the exterior of the House of the Undying were shot here.

    When you visit Dubrovnik, you can stand in this spot overlooking the old city and reenact this famous scene if you would like to! Of course, this is just one of the many famous locations on a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour!

    The Dominican Monastery

    Head to the city’s northeast side to see another of the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations in the old town, the Dominican Monastery.

    If you make your way to the round staircase outside the Dominican Monastery, you might recognize this King’s Landing filming location. It is here that in Season 2, Episode 5, The Ghost of Harrenhal, where Tyrion and Bronn walk past a protest against King Joffrey.

    St. Dominic Street

    The street in front of the Dominican Monastery near the Ploce Gate is a beautiful cobblestone street in the old town of Dubrovnik.

    Of course, fans of the Game of Thrones will recognize St. Dominic Street immediately as it was used for many scenes in the series.

    Most commonly used in the market scenes of the old city, it was also used in the famous scene where Cersei is forced to walk naked down the narrow streets during her shame scene.

    Jesuit Staircase

    Speaking of Cersei’s infamous walk of shame, one of the highlights of your Game of Thrones tour is to visit the Jesuit Staircase, the staircase where the walk of atonement begins.

    One of my favorite stories from our guided Game of Thrones tour is how the Game of Thrones filming crew used this alley for three days during the scene filming.

    We were told that the residents were paid to keep their windows closed and that they had to sign a confidentiality agreement! In addition, this area of the old city is lined with cafes and restaurants. They were also greatly compensated during this filming since they had to be closed for days.

    Now, while you are reliving all of your favorite Game of Thrones moments, I would caution you not to remake this scene at the Jesuit Staircase. You will probably be in a lot of trouble if you walk through old town naked!

    The staircase also doubled as the entrance to the Great Sept of Baelor in Kings Landing.

    Fun Fact: Originally, this scene was to be filmed at the cathedral, but the locals did not like the idea of a lady walking naked in public in front of their cathedral, so the scene was moved to the Jesuit Staircase instead.

    Rector’s Palace

    Of course, the Game of Thrones used Dubrovnik for things other than Kings Landing. One of the other places depicted using places from Dubrovnik is the quirky city of Qarth.

    Rector’s Palace is a 14th-century Gothic-Renaissance palace initially built for the rector governing Dubrovnik and today houses a museum.

    Of course, the Game of Thrones used Rector’s Palace to depict the Spice King’s Mansion in Qarth.

    At Rector’s Palace, Daenerys paid a visit to the Spice King’s mansion. She hopes to obtain ships to help her army cross the Narrow Sea.

    Rector’s Palace is also where the indoor scenes of Game of Thrones Season 2, Episode 6, The Old Gods and the New was shot.

    It was the beautiful staircase inside of Rector’s Palace that the Game of Thrones producers fell in love with and where they filmed the scene with Daenerys.

    Ploce Gate – Red Keep Gate

    The Ploce Gate is the eastern entrance to the old city and is the end (or beginning) of St. Dominic Street.

    The Ploce Gate appears in the famous scene of Cersei’s walk of shame as the entrance to the Red Keep and during Season 2, Episode 5, where Tyrion and Lancel Lannister talk from inside of the carriage.

    Through the Ploce Gate, Cersei entered the Red Keep after her walk of shame from the Great Sept in Season 5, Episode 10, Mother’s Mercy.

    It is so interesting how the Game of Thrones shot the same area in so many different ways throughout all the filming locations.

    Lokrum Island

    If you book a guided Game of Thrones walking tour, see if it includes a visit to Lokrum Island. If not, you can book a different Game of Thrones tour on Lokrum Island if you would like.

    When choosing to do a self-guided Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour, don’t miss your chance to visit Lokrum Island!

    Located about 500 meters from Dubrovnik, Lokrum Island is one of the Game of Thrones locations that aren’t located in Dubrovnik but are easily accessible with a kayak or boat tour.

    The town of Quarth was filmed on Lokrum Island. The Game of Thrones scenes featuring Daenerys attending the Garden Party in Quarth is filmed in the Lokrum Island Botanical Gardens.

    There is also a Game of Thrones Museum on Lokrum Island where you can sit on the iron throne! I mean, a picture on the iron throne is the ultimate for any GOT fan as the iron throne represents the ultimate ruler of the Seven Kingdoms!

    Trsteno Arboretum

    Our next Game of Thrones filming location is about a 30-minute drive outside of Dubrovnik.

    If it isn’t included on your Game of Thrones tour (which it usually isn’t), then you can easily reach Trsteno Arboretum by bus or Uber.

    The Game of Thrones series used the arboretum as the Red Keep’s Gardens in King’s Landing.

    A famous scene shot here aired in Season 3, Episode 2, Dark Wings, Dark Words. This scene depicts Sansa discussing the wedding of King Joffrey and Margaery with Lady Olenna Tyrell.

    This is one of Dubrovnik’s fun and easy day trips from Dubrovnik to consider.

    Hotel Belvedere

    Another of the Game of Thrones filming locations that probably won’t be on your guided Game of Thrones tour is Hotel Belvedere.

    Located about a 20-minute walk from the Ploce Gate, the Hotel Belvedere is an abandoned hotel just south of Dubrovnik’s old town.

    This grand hotel which contains 18 floors and over 223 rooms, has been abandoned since 1991 when Serbian forces destroyed it during the Croatian War of Independence.

    The abandoned hotel was the filming site for the Game of Thrones in Season 4, Episode 10, The Mountain and The Viper.

    Outside of the city’s old town, Game of Thrones shot the scene between Prince Oberyn Martell (the Red Keep Viper) and Ser Gregor Clegane (the Mountain).

    While you can’t access the hotel, you can make your way around the outside to see the atrium where the epic battle took place between the Mountain and the Viper.

    The Stradun

    The Stradun is the main street in Dubrovnik. It stretches from the Pile Gate to the Ploce Gate in old town. The area between the Sponza Palace and the Cathedral is a notable Game of Thrones filming location.

    Game of Thrones walking tours will often come down this street from the Pile Gate to show fans the famous street lined with shops, bars, and outdoor cafes today.

    During the Game of Thrones filming, the Stradun was featured in Season 5, Episode 10, Mother’s Mercy, during the Walk of Penance scene.

    Ethnographic Museum

    The 16th-century Ethnographic Museum was once a granary and is now a museum in the old city part of Dubrovnik where visitors can see folk costumes and agricultural exhibits.

    For the Game of Thrones, it served as Littlefinger’s Kings Landing brothel.

    In Season 4, Episode 1, Two Swords, it is here that Tyrion Lannister meets with Oberyn Martell. Tyrion discovers that Oberyn is in Kings Landing to avenge the death of his sister and her children.

    Dubac Quarry

    If you are super dedicated to seeing all of the Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming locations, they jump in a car and head to Dubac Quarry, located about 30 minutes outside the city.

    Dubac Quarry was used to filming scenes outside Qarth’s gates when the Thirteen refused Daenerys entry into the city.

    Sit on the Iron Throne in Dubrovnik

    If you want a fun photo, find one of the many iron thrones throughout the city. Of course, these aren’t the actual iron throne from the movie, but it’s still fun.

    While most tourist shops charge to sit on the replica iron thrones, most Game of Thrones walking tours includes a picture on the iron throne for free.

    If you are doing a self-guided tour, the fee is about 5 Euros for a picture of one of the iron throne replicas.

    Tips For Doing a Self-Guided Game of Thrones Tour

    Before you set out on a Game of Thrones self-guided tour, let us provide you with the following tips to help ensure that you have a great tour.

    • Wear comfortable shoes– You will be doing a lot of walking during your tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. In addition, plan on climbing stairs and walking on some uneven surfaces.
    • Bring water– If you visit Dubrovnik in the summer, then be prepared for the heat as it gets hot! No matter what, bring a bottle of water to ensure that you stay hydrated during your tour.
    • Buy a Dubrovnik Card– I know a Dubrovnik card is a little pricey, but if you want to visit all of the filming locations, it will surely pay off. The Dubrovnik Card gives you access to Fort Lovrijenac, the Dubrovnik walls, 6 museums, 2 galleries, and access to public transportation.

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    Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

    Goya Galeotta

    Monday 13th of February 2023

    Such a beautiful city... I can't believe I haven't been able to visit yet, but it's definitely on the list!


    Sunday 19th of February 2023

    It is an epic city for sure!


    Saturday 11th of February 2023

    Such incredible scenery!! Croatia is on the short list and Dubrovnik will definetely be parr of the itinerary. Thanks for sharing these sites!


    Sunday 19th of February 2023

    Croatia is an amazing city and definitely worth visiting!


    Saturday 11th of February 2023

    Everyone should visit Dubrovnik at least once. The walled city is fascinating to see. My favorite part was hanging out with all the street cats who gather in the courtyard to be petted.


    Sunday 19th of February 2023

    I agree! It is an amazing place for sure! We loved watching the sun go down over the ocean while sitting on the walls!

    Laureen Lund

    Saturday 11th of February 2023

    I love this city and I think even if you aren't familiar with Game of Thrones taking a tour like this will open your eyes to so much history and beauty.


    Sunday 19th of February 2023

    You are so right, Laureen! It is an incredible city!


    Saturday 11th of February 2023

    I had no idea that there are so many Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik and I've already been there. But I can totally understand why they picked this epic locations.


    Sunday 19th of February 2023

    I can also, Jasmina. It is an incredible medieval city!