Published on January 30th 2013
King’s Landing (Dubrovnik)-Game of Thrones Filming Location
My Sun and Stars suddenly announced he wanted us to go on a weekend trip, after many hours of researching locations, I was leaning (very heavily) towards Dubrovnik, Croatia since it was where the Game of Thrones capital- King’s Landing was and will continue to be filmed.
We’re pretty big fans of Game of Thrones, so we decided that Dubrovnik would be the backdrop of our first holiday together!
We went to a lot of the filming locations and I thought I’d share some pics to give some perspective of being there if you’re not able to go see it for yourself.
Dubrovnik Old Town-Makes A Great Setting for King’s Landing
The main attraction of Dubrovnik is the City Walls that surround the Old Town. Visitors can go up and walk around the walls if you pay the small entrance fee- 90 kuna per person. It took us about two hours to walk all the way around.
From the walls, I took some stunning views of Dubrovnik. This one was the view from one of the battlements:
Check out a screen shot of King’s Landing here. It’s the scene where Shae looks out of her ‘window’ at her new home.
The Fort of St Lawrence-The Red Keep
The 90 kuna entrance fee to the City Walls also included entrance to the Fort of St Lawrence which is pretty much next to the Old Town entrance. So we wandered through an area that looked nice and residential area and found this awesome spot on the way to the fort:
This was where the Gold Cloaks were hunting down Robert’s basterd sons. One of them was drowned right here in this pool!
After marching up those stairs, we arrived (with hardly any breath left) to the Fort of St Lawrence:
A lot of scenes are shot here since there’s a lovely view of the sea, the city wall, and the beautiful stone bricks that make nice castlely rock (get it?). Joffrey’s name day tournament was shot here, this was where the nobles sat to enjoy the tournament held in King Joffrey’s name (click here for Sansa’s view).
I didn’t have the luxury of getting to sit on some fancy red material:
The Fort of St Lawrence is also the part of the castle that the Hound bought Sansa back to when he rescued her from the mob (click here for a screen shot of Tyrion thanking the Hound for his valour):
The fort has some really nice doorways for nobles fleeing the riots to enter through and it looks like the crew decided to keep the candle holders in the scene!
Pile Gate-Where Joffrey Starts A Riot
While we’re on the subject of the riot Joffrey starts because he is such a nice king, we stumbled across the filming location while wandering about the Old Town. Turns out that it was filmed at the Pile Gate. It’s one of the entrances that lets you in/out through the City Wall surrounding the Old Town:
Stoney Beach-Myrcella Says Goodbye To Dubrovnik
From the clip it looks like the stoney beach where they send Myrchella off is just beyond the arch but in actual fact you have to walk through the Pile Gates, go down some stairs and through a little garden. We were pretty stoked when we stumbled upon another awesome filming location:
Round And Round The Mincheta-To The House Of The Undying
This was the Minceta which can be reached on the City Wall walk at either the beginning or the end depending on which way round you went from the entrance to the wall (there are other entrances but we went up using the entrance point near the Pile Gate end of town-this one looked the most official and was closest to the ticket booth!). There are some steep steps inside that lead up to a nice view of the Old Town.
When we took these photos, I wasn’t 100% sure that this was the exterior to the House of the Undying:
It was only when I got home and rewatched the scene did the squeals come out!
I heard that they’re shooting one of the scenes from the first episode on the docks (next to where the Gold Cloaks drowned the poor basterd) so I made sure I took lots of pics here too:
And thus concludes the season two King’s Landing film locations. It was so amazing seeing the filming location in 360 and experiencing what the lucky actors and crew got to see while on set! I hope we get to go to the other locations! Anyone been to any of them? Was it as amazing as seeing King’s Landing in the flesh? Let me know your Game of Thrones travel stories in the comments!
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