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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 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 filmed here also? I’m talking 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 to put together this post 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 the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik!

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 the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.

    The incredible town walls, amazing architecture, and crystal clear water makes 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 else shows you around the city.

    As usual, 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 great. He was funny and did a great job of making sure 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 definitely a fun added touch.

    So, if you are wanting 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, then use this map of the filming locations to assist you.

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

    Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Dubrovnik

    Pile Gate Entrance to Dubrovnik Old Town

    You will find the Pile Gate entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik 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 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 is returning to the Red Keep after his sister, Marcella has been sent away to Dorne. On his way through town, he is attacked by an angry mob.

    During the attack, King Joffrey screams, “Kill them, kill the 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 of the old town, Pile Harbor is one of the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations that was used several times in the series.

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

    You will recognize the area from another popular 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

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

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

    It is the west pier where Sansa and Shae are watching ships in Season 3, Episode 1, Valar Dohaeris. It is during this scene where 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 the 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 located just outside of 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 located high upon a cliff overlooking the city walls and old town Dubrovnik.

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

    The Red Keep makes its first appearance 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 nameday 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 spot 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 of the corridor 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 on visiting Fort Lovrijenac and the Dubrovnik City Walls, then 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 locations is where the infamous Purple Wedding was filmed.

    The Game of Thrones scenes filmed here include 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 definitely 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, be sure to 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. It is Bokar Fortress seen in the background of the Game of Thrones scene featuring Tyrion and Lord Varys stand 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 old town and of 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 amazing city walls in numerous scenes throughout the series.

    You can see the city walls 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 on your own 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 were 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 very 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 to see on a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour!

    The Dominican Monastery

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

    If you make your way to the round staircase outside of 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 located 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 on 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 filming of the scene.

    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 to not 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 just 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 that was originally 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 the city of Qarth.

    It was at Rector’s Palace that Daenerys pays a visit to the Spice King’s mansion. She is hoping 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 also during Season 2, Episode 5, where Tyrion and Lancel Lannister talk from inside of the carriage.

    It is also through the Ploce Gate that 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 to me how the Game of Thrones shot the same area in so many different ways throughout all the filming locations.

    Lokrum Island

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

    When choosing to do a self-guided Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour, then 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 isn’t located in Dubrovnik, but is 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 are filmed in the Lokrum Island Botanical Gardens.

    There is also a Game of Thrones Museum on Lokrum Island where you can sit upon 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

    You will find our next Game of Thrones filming location 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.

    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 that contains 18 floors and over 223 rooms, has been abandoned since 1991 when it was destroyed by Serbian forces 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.

    It is here, outside of the city’s old town that 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 that is today lined with shops, bars, and outdoor cafes.

    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 which is located about 30 minutes ourside of the city.

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

    Sit on the Iron Throne in Dubrovnik

    If you want a fun photo, then find one of the many iron throne’s spread throughout the city. Of course, these aren’t the real iron throne, but it’s still fun.

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

    If you are doing a self-guided tour, then the fee is about 5 Euros for a picture on 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, allow us to 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 are visiting Dubrovnik in the summer, then be prepared for the heat as it gets hot! No matter what though, bring a bottle of water to ensure that you stay hydrated during your tour.
    • Buy a Dubrovnik Card– Ok, I know, a Dubrovnik card is a little pricey, but if you want to visit all of the filming locations, then it will pay off for sure. The Dubrovnik Card give you access to Fort Lovrijenac, the Dubrovnik walls, 6 museums, 2 galleries, and access to pubic 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.

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    Pam

    Sunday 17th of July 2022

    Ahhhh nerding out so hard with this post! I really hope to get to Croatia next year and want to see all of the places! I did a tour in Northern Ireland and it was so cool to see the places and how CGI played a part in it. Great post!

    thattexascouple

    Monday 18th of July 2022

    I am feeling you on the nerding out part for sure! I would love to do a tour in all of the filming locations eventually. It was such a cool show!

    Ildiko

    Sunday 17th of July 2022

    Looks like fun. While I have been to Dubrovnik and walked along all those places you listed, I am not familiar with the Games of Thrones movie to have known that the sets were filmed in those specific locations. I love how you included pictures of the sets into some of your photographs. Dubrovnik is beautiful.

    thattexascouple

    Monday 18th of July 2022

    Yes, Dubrovnik is amazing. Go check out Game of Thrones if you have some down town. It's a great show!

    Lisa | Waves and Cobblestones

    Sunday 17th of July 2022

    I think there is something so alluring about medieval walled cities. Dubrovnik is definitely high on my destination list!

    thattexascouple

    Monday 18th of July 2022

    It is definitely a good one for sure!!!

    Michelle Michelle

    Saturday 16th of July 2022

    It’s easy to see why so many of these locations for picked for filming Game of Thrones. I hope to visit Croatia this year and plan to include a stop or two on your list in my itinerary.

    thattexascouple

    Monday 18th of July 2022

    I know! It is such an epic location for sure!