Exploring Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Dubrovnik

This article contains affiliate links at no cost to you. The Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik are nothing short of spectacular. The hit TV series is widely known for its remarkable film locations. So we sent Erin Bender of Explore with Erin (nomadic family travel blogger who totally rocks) on a tour so she could bring us the deets. Here’s her story about the GOT tour, Dubrovnik and the excitement of being where this incredible show was filmed.


While in Split, Croatia, I managed to sneak a glimpse of the Game of Thrones production team, and even witness some of the filming. I was so disappointed when my husband finally arrived at the scene a few days later, and we found that everyone was gone.


Still, all was not lost, and when we heard that Dubrovnik played host to a casting event for the show, we were on our way. Visiting the real backdrop of the world’s most popular TV show was definitely a fairytale event for me. On top of that, I was really looking forward to exploring Dubrovnik further with our local expert from Tours by Locals.


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Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Dubrovnik – The Tour


Our guide, Tom, found us easily enough at Pile Gate, a popular entrance for tourists. He has been in Dubrovnik for more than 30 years, and aside from being an avid Game of Thrones fan himself, also knew a lot of secrets as well, especially since his sister used to be an extra on the series. Imagine our luck!


We knew we’d have an insider’s view not just on the city’s culture and important locations, but also on many intriguing and little-known details linked to the well-known HBO show.


Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour

Filming location for King Joffrey’s wedding
and well-known death scene


We were given photo booklets to compare scenes from Game of Throne with the real thing. We managed to explore a few places within the old city walls, as well as near the nearby fortress – where the entrance was provided by using the old city wall ticket we had purchased the previous day.


Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour


Of course, you will not find all the scenes from the show here since it’s also filmed in Northern Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, Spain, Scotland, and Malta. But rest assured that you’ll get much more than just a Dubrovnik history lesson, with access to the best filming locations in the area.


Dubrovnik and ‘King’s Landing’


During the tour, we learned Dubrovnik’s old city walls and Fort Lovrijenac were the main Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik for scenes such as King Joffrey’s name day and other King’s Landing events. Also, the fortress and the nearby island of Lokrum were the places where scenes from Qarth and Daenerys’ House of the Undying scenes (in Minceta Tower) were filmed.


Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour

Exploring the mysterious tunnels of The Fortress


Dubrovnik is nicknamed “King’s Landing,” and for good reason, since you can always find a princely new adventure here. And to that end, after the tour was over Tom led us to a place called Buza Bar – literally a “hole in the wall” café etched into a cliff right above the Adriatic Sea.


You’ll find the bar to offer an excellent scenic view of the sea, and aside from the drinks being quite delicious, it’s also a great place for cliff diving.


Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour



A Story to Remember


After our little adventure, we reached a small hostel where Peter Dinklage (our own beloved Tyrion Lannister) drank through the night one time with some Australian friends during the 1st season’s filming. The staff found him passed out on the couch next morning, and not knowing who he was, demanded he pay for the night and all the alcohol that had “mysteriously disappeared.” We even found a sign above the couch placed as a fond reminder of that memorable event, and I found myself wishing Peter was still there.


Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour

Peter Dinklage personally warmed up this spot for our son


Other Important Places


There are some other cool Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik from Season 4 you can visit, including Klis Fortress and Perun – to the North and East of Split, and Diocletian’s Palace within the city itself. Also, there’s Baska Voda and Mosor mountain to the south.


Game of thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik

Map of Dubrovnik showing the 300+ UNESCO heritage buildings damaged during the Croatian War of Independence


If you’re a fan of the TV show you’ll certainly enjoy the exceptional tour exploring the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik. And if you’re not, you will definitely become one after exploring all the remarkable filming locations and diving into Dubrovnik’s fascinating history.


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About Erin Bender

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Erin has been traveling with her husband and two children since May 2012. It’s an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip discovering amazing places for families. They have stayed in hostels and 5 star luxury resorts, traveled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and cuddled tigers. Nothing is out of bounds or out of reach for this remarkable Australian family.

20 Comments on this post

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  2. on my bucket list now

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  4. Dubrovnik looks like such a wonderful place, and with its medievil charm, no wonder its a great hotspot for movies / shows!

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  6. What an amazing trip! I am a big Game of Thrones fan and they truly have stunning filming locations.

    Lori Ginn Reed / Reply
  7. Hello, thank you for such helpful information! How to get Tom’s contact?

    Fatima / Reply
  8. EVerywhere i go, I hear about Games of Thrones. One day I will have time to check it out.

    prettybrownnomad / Reply
  9. Love how you documented so much on this trip. Sounds like you guys had a blast! 🙂

    chewoutloud / Reply
  10. Wow! you are so lucky! The place is wonderful and oh it is Game of Thrones!!!!

    Natasha Fedderman / Reply
  11. what a fun adventure! It is so much fun to spot the local landmark from a show. In Vancouver we do that with a lot of shows.

    Gillie / Reply
  12. The nerd in me LOVES this post haha!

    Kara / Reply
  13. Wow! I think just seeing the sites in the clips would be exciting. I am going to add this to my to watch list on Netflix.

    Stephanie Jeannot / Reply
  14. This is so cool! Game of Thrones is one of my favorite shows. I’ve always thought the scenery and locations were so beautiful

    Courtney Andrews / Reply
  15. I have an uncle that loves Game of Thrones. The scenery is beautiful. I love those pictures.

    Elisha Fernandez / Reply
  16. I’ve never heard of this place before, which should tell you I’ve never watched the popular Game of Thrones. Your photos are awesome and it seems like a place I need to add to my Places to Visit list!

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    Keeping Up With Candy / Reply
  17. I didn’t watch Game of Thrones but I can imagine your excitement when I change the word to Harry Potter! Haha… Yes, Harry Potter fan here~

    Tiffany Yong / Reply
  18. That is nice you got to go on a tour of the Games OF Thrones. Must have been a great time

    Cynthia Nicoletti / Reply
  19. The place is so gorgeous! Wish to visit this place someday. Thanks for sharing dear.

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