The Capital of the Seven Kingdoms
ARE YOU A GAME OF THRONES FAN? If you are then Dubrovnik is a must visit city. Dubrovnik is located on the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia, and it was selected as the perfect capital of the Seven Kingdoms - the King's Landing. There were a number of seasons filmed at over 19 different locations in Dubrovnik. While most of the action was centred around the Old Town district, a number of the surrounding areas were also chosen as film locations. In order to assist you in planning your own Game of Thrones tour, we have included a map illustrating the 19 locations, and a number of accommodation options to suit your personal preferences.
Tip: while some of the locations are easily visited on foot within a day, for others it is best to use a taxi or public transport.
The 19 locations are below to assist you in planning your own Game of Thrones tour:
1. Pile Gate - Entrance to Old Town
The Pile Gate was featured in both Season 2 and 3. “Kill him, kill them all” - famous scene in Season 2 in which King Joffrey gets attacked by angry mobs.
2. Pile Harbour: Bokar Fortress and Fort Lovrijena
The Pile Harbour appeared in Season 2, Episode 6 in which the Lanisters say goodbye to Myrcella and again in Season 6, Episode 1 where Cersei eagerly awaits Myrcella’s return.
3. Dubrovnik West Pier of West Harbour
In Season 3, Episode 1 "Valar Dohaeris" where Littlefinger is persuading Sansa and offering her a way out.
4. Dubrovnik West Harbour
This location was featured in one of the most iconic scenes, in which the Gold Cloaks were ordered to kill all of King Robert Baratheon's bastard children.
5. Fort Lovrijenac
The St Lowrence Fortess, located outside of the western wall of the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik, was used to portray the Red Keep of King’s Landing. In Season 2, it is the setting of for King Joffrey’s naming ceremony. It is also where Joffrey fled to after he was attacked at Pile Gate, and where Tyrion gives him that slap in the face.
6. Gradac Park
Gradac Park is located next to the Old Town of Dubrovnik and it was used in Season 4, Episode 2, in which they held the infamous Purple Wedding feast where King Joffrey died of poisoning. It is also featured in Episode 3 when Sansa flees from King's Landing.
7. Fort Bokar
Fort Bokar is a part of the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik and it was used for many sea view shots for King's Landing. The best views of this location are from Fort Lovrijenac, we mentioned above, or from walking along the City Walls themselves.
8. The City Walls
The Old City Walls of Dubrovnik feature in many of seasons of Game of Thrones, but besides that, they are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Croatia. They were built in the middle ages for the purpose of defending the city. Since 1979 they have been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Season 2, Episode 8, Tyrion and Lord Varys discussed a defence strategy for King's Landing.City on the walls.
Tip: Tickets to Dubrovnik City walls costs around €20 and best to visit in early morning to avoid crowds.
9. Minčeta Tower
Mincheta Tower is one of the highest points of Dubrovnik Old City. This location is used in Season 2, Episode 10 "Valar Morghulis" , as the House of the Undying in Quarth, in which Daenerys searches for the entrance in the walls while in pursuit of her stolen dragons.
10. Ethnographic Museum
Built in the 16th century as a granary, the Ethnographic Museum now contains agricultural and old Croatian folk costumes exhibits. This location is used in Season 4, Episode 1 in which Tyrion meets Oberyn, who is seeking vengeance for the death of her sister and her children.
11. The Jesuit Staircase
Shame! Shame! Shame!
The Jesuit Staircase is used for one the most memorable scenes in Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 10, in which Cersei must start her Walk of Shame to return home. The Staircase is featured in 4 locations in the Old Town: the Jesuit Staircase; Od Margarite Street; St Domink Street and Ploče.
12. The Rector's Palace
The Rector's Palace was originally built in the 15th century for the rector governing Dubrovnik. Now it is a museum. The Palace is used in Season 2, Episode 6, in which Daenerys visits the Spice King to request use of his ships to carry her army across the Narrow Sea.
13. The Stradun
Stradun is Dubrovnik’s main street and also one of the most popular tourist sites, full of historic buildings, shops and cafes. This location is featured in Season 5, Episode 10, in Cersei's Walk of Shame.
14. St Dominic Street
The narrow streets of Dubrovnik were mainly used to portray market streets of King's Landing. St Dominic Street is appears in Season 2, Episode 5, when Bronn and Tyrion hear the uproar against Cersei, and King Joffrey being described as the "fruit of incest", and again in Season 5, in Episode 10’s Walk of Penance.
15. Dominician Monastery
The steps of Dominican Monastery are used in Season 2, Episode 5, for protest speech against the Lannisters.
16. Ploče Gate
Ploče Gate is featured in Seasons 2 and 5 of Game of Thrones. The most memorable scene is Cersei's Walk of Shame, when Cersei enters the Red Keep and was is greeted by Qyburn.
17. Hotel Beldevere
Hotel Beldevere is located just outside Dubrovnik and served as the location for the fight scene between Prince Oberyn and The Mountain, in Season 4’s finale. The small amphitheatre is where the fight took place.
Tip: Access to Hotel Beldevere is not allowed but there is a set of steps on the right of the hotel driveway where you will find access to the circular atrium.
18. Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island is a very popular day retreat for tourists and it is only few hundred meters from Dubrovnik. The island is used as the city of Quarth.
Tip: You need to take the ferry from Dubrovnik to Lokrum Island and the journey it takes about 15 minutes.
19. Trsteno Arboretum
The Exotic Gardens of Trsteno Arboretum is used many times in Game of Thrones as the King's Landing gardens. It first appears in Season 3, Episode 3, in which Sansa meets her grandmother, Lady Olenna, and they talk about King Joffrey.
Tip: To get to Trsteno Arboretum you will need to take a taxi or public transport, and it's a 30 minute drive from Dubrovnik.