Play the Game of ThronesPlay the Game of Thrones

PLAY THE GAME OF THRONES

Everyone (and their dragon) is pretty hyped about the return of Game of Thrones.

But while we wait to see who manages to plonk themselves down on the iron throne, you can live out your Seven Kingdoms fantasies with a trip to these real life Thrones' locations.

Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia is crawling with GoT locations.

Pretty much anywhere hot was filmed here, making it hard to move on shoot days for plastic swords, faux-fur merkins and stand-in dragons

Dubrovnik’s Old Town IS King’s Landing (since Malta told the producers to do one).

The main square has the renaissance cathedral, palace, and loads of shops and restaurants. Strut down St Dominic Street naked while a friend pelts you with rotten eggs shouting "SHAME!" for the full Cersei experience.

Fort Lovrijenac is an 11th century fortress AND part-time theatre that moonlights as The Red Keep during filming season.

A quick bus ride away is the Trsteno Arboretum, (one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world), but more importantly where Olenna Tyrell likes to hang out getting sassy.

Finally, pop to leafy Lokrum Island which stood in for the mysterious Qarth. It's mostly uninhabited, but you can grab some tasty seafood at the Eden Garden restaurant.

All of these locations are in easy reach of Dubrovnik.

Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Unsurprisingly, when it came to film the Lands Beyond The Wall (otherwise known as fook-me-it’s-always-cold-here), GoT’s location scouts turned to Iceland.

Thingvellir National Park is the White Walkers' stomping ground...

As well as doubling up as The Eyrie in summer.

Grjótagjá Cave is pretty far out, but worth the trek. It's a lava cave with a natural thermal spring for bathing.

It's also where Jon Snow finally pops his cherry with Ygritte 👀

Best of all, you can also meet some legit stars of the series…

Jump on an existing Iceland tour or hire a car to get round as many locations as possible.

Northern Ireland

Belfast, United Kingdom

Northern Ireland is home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world (thanks tax breaks!)

Hire a car and geek your way round them all 🤓

Castle Ward is Winterfell, home to the Starks. You can even book an archery lesson in the courtyard if you want to go full Stark. Keep ‘em peeled for direwolves.

Ballintoy Harbour is the Greyjoy’s (pretty miserable) kingdom of Pyke. It's hardly changed in hundreds of years (except for the ice cream shops...) and is right next to the carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

The spooky Dark Hedges in Ballimoney are used as the Kingsroad, which Arya travelled up when trying to get back to Winterfell.

Cushendun is a teeny village that serves a killer scone and clotted cream.

It's also home to the cave where Melisandre queefed out a shadow demon. Gnarly.