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If you’re reading this post chances are that, like me, you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan, right? And there’s one reason you’re here – to find out all about the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik. Well, you’re in luck because this post will tell you all about where Game of Thrones is filmed in Dubrovnik and tell you exactly how you can find them for yourself!
But before we dive in, for one minute and 40 seconds let us all silently imagine the Game of Thrones theme song is playing. Or for anyone dedicated enough, open up your multimedia player of choice and play that tune. Ready? GO!
One minute and forty seconds later…
Are we back? Good. Excellent.
Game of Thrones. It’s exciting, isn’t it? All that murder and fire and incest and sex and naked people and not naked people and ugly people and pretty people and horses! What’s not to love? Apart from the unbearably long wait between books/seasons, of course.
Although Game of Thrones is
unfortunately a complete work of fiction, thought up entirely by the mastermind otherwise known as George R R Martin, did you know that you can actually visit King’s Landing? Blackwater Bay, Qarth, the scene of the Purple Wedding and so many more were all shot in Croatia. Or, Dubrovnik to be precise.
Due to its soaring popularity, there are plenty of guided Game of Thrones walking tours in Dubrovnik that bring you up close and personal with King’s Landing and beyond, visiting almost all of the Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik. You can book these tours below:
However, if you’d rather set off and discover Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik in your own time, without the restrictions of a tour orrr you’ve visited during Winter so none of the guided tours are available (lol, it me) then keep reading! This post will give you all the info you need to create your own self-guided Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour.
So, are you ready to check out ten of the best Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik, Croatia?
10 Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik, tried and tested by yours truly!
WARNING: There’s a potential for spoilers here, so if you’re not 100% up-to-date on the series, proceed at your own risk.
1. St Dominika Street
This set of steps is used as the setting for loads of different scenes across the series, but most notably as the place where almost all of Robert Baratheon’s bastard sons were brutally killed.
These steps were the first Game of Thrones filming location I came across during my first jaunt through the old city of Dubrovnik, and I actually did a little fan-girl flap of the hands and let out a little piggy squeal as I rounded the corner. Then I stood like an awkward turtle for about 10 minutes, waiting for somebody to walk by so I could ask them to take my photo sat on the steps. Nobody came, so I made do with an awkward selfie of half of my head (because my arms are not long enough to get the whole of my head plus the background in shot) instead. I won’t ruin your day by sharing it here…
2. Ethnographic Museum / Littlefinger’s Brothel
Probably the most un-photogenic of all the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik, the Ethnographic Museum may be better recognised by some of you as one of Littlefinger’s brothels frequented by some of the key characters such as Tyrion Lannister and Oberyn Martell.
Hidden away in one of the back alleys of the Old Town, the unsuspecting building is nothing special, but I’d hedge my bets that more people stand outside taking pictures than go inside and explore the museum, if the looks of boredom etched across the ladies inside is anything to go by at least! Had I had more time (and less dehydration!) I definitely would have given it a go, but alas, an iced bottle of lemon water was calling my name.
3. Pile Gate / The Riot
The entrance to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, otherwise known as Pile Gate, constantly crops up in the first few series of Game of Thrones, but there’s no one specific scene that springs to mind when you see it. It’s more of a background scene – like an extra, except a setting instead of a person.
Note: Since publishing this article, Pile Gate has become more and more known as the scene of “the riot” when a member of the public so wonderfully slung manure at old Joffrey’s face!
4. Jesuit Steps / Cersei’s Walk of Shame
We all know what steps these are, right? I don’t think there’s a more iconic set of steps in the world of TV and film than these, the ones where Cersei made her Walk of Shame!
These are definitely one of the most fun Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik for selfies, and if there wasn’t a group of schoolkids nearby I totally would have done my own reenactment of Cersei’s scene! Although I probably would have kept my clothes firmly on my body.
I stumbled across the Jesuit Steps by accident, as they aren’t actually featured in many of the online guides I used as reference. Robin Hood was being filmed in Dubrovnik’s main street, meaning there were all sorts of diversions put in place andI got a little lost looking for my way out of the Old Town. Lo and behold a little while later I found myself on the south side of Gundulic Square, completely alone except for a few little ragamuffins who were skiving off school.
5. Bokar Fortress
Bokar Fortress is mainly used as a filming location for Game of Thrones Season 2, the most notable shot being when Tyrion and Varys are planning their defence of King’s Landing.
This one confused me. I’m not sure if it’s always inaccessible to mere peasants like me, or if it was just closed because Robin Hood was using it to frolic with his Merry Men, but I could not get anywhere near Bokar Fortress, What I could do, however, was stand on the Walls and take a really bad photo of it. You’re welcome.
6. Minçeta Tower / House of the Undying
This was my favourite Game of Thrones location in Dubrovnik! It’s kind of boring compared to a lot of the others, but to me it was easily the most recognisable and therefore exciting.
In the Game of Thrones world, Minçeta Tower is better known as House of the Undying, that place where Khaleesi walks around and around looking for an entrance before entering and having that really trippy experience in the quest to find her dragons, culminating in one of the dragons setting fire to a man. Ring any bells?
To get to the tower, you have to pay entry to walk the City Walls. It’s 150 Kuna (about £17) but is totally worth it, not only for the views across the city and the sea, but also because the City Walls ticket also grants you access to Lovrijenac Fortress. Two for one? Bargain!
7. Pile / Blackwater Bay
Pile is Blackwater Bay. There’s no need to beat around the bush on that one! I don’t think there’s a single angle of Pile that hasn’t been used on the show. In this next photo, just imagine a bunch of Game of Thrones-y people walking along the gangway, and some old school sailing boats in the distance.
Are you with me? Are we seeing the same scene in our minds?
And then there’s this GORGEOUS view overlooking Pile and the walled city, taken from halfway up the steps to Lovrijenac Fortress.
Dem likes though. At the time of posting it, I had less followers on IG than the photo had likes. Is it sad that my proudest moment of this year so far has been the reception of this photo? For that, Game of Thrones, I thank you.
8. Lovrijenac Fortress
Most well-known in the World of Ice and Fire as the place where that twit Joffrey had his Name Day festivities, Lovrijenac Fortress was, without a doubt, the most arduous of Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations to get to! There are at least 60,000 steps to climb up to get there, and you might just about collapse and die before even reaching the halfway mark! I jest, of course. There’s apparently only 175 steps, but let me tell you, they are steep. And Croatia can get hot, even during late February – early March!
Aside from admiring the breathtaking views over the Walled City, there’s not a lot to do in the fortress itself when you’re up there. And by that I mean there’s no information. You know those informative placards or boards you normally see in places like this, telling you all about the history and why it was built? Yeah, it doesn’t have any. Use your imagination (or Wikipedia). There is, however, a chair for you to sit on, a non-functioning cannon to play with and a pretty hilarious man working the entrance.
Speaking of, you should definitely take Lovrijenac Fortress’s opening times as more of a suggestion than fact, as when they say they close shop at 3pm during off-season, you can heave your sweaty self up that damn rock for 2:40pm and it’ll already be closed. So yeah.
As I mentioned earlier, entry to Lovrijenac Fortress is included in the City Walls ticket, but the catch is that you have to visit on the same day, or the next day.
9. Trsteno Arboretum
I won’t go on too much about this location because to be honest, my absolute failure in understanding exactly what an arboretum is is totally deserving of its own post (which can be found right here), but I will say that Trsteno Arboretum is known to some as the palace gardens of the Red Keep. It’s where that heroine of epic proportions, Olenna Tyrell, manages to sweet-talk poor, unsuspecting Sansa into becoming a double-edged sword and spilling all her darling hubby’s secrets. There are plenty of thorns hidden about the place too – perfect for the Queen of Thorns!
Though not located in the city of Dubrovnik itself, the arboretum is located in – yup, you guessed it! – Trsteno, which is a district of Dubrovnik and is wholly accessible by bus from the main bus station, so is totally deserving of a place on this list.
10. Lokrum Island
Honorary mention for somewhere I didn’t manage to visit because I’m an idiot who doesn’t properly plan things!
Lokrum Island, used as a representation of the City of Qarth, is situated a short ferry ride from the harbour of Dubrovnik and, not only does it look absolutely gorgeous (seriously – get on Google and check for yourself!) but while you’re there YOU CAN SIT ON THE ACTUAL IRON THRONE!!! Like, the real deal!!
I was absolutely kicking myself for not planning ahead. The island was closed until the week after I left Dubrovnik, and so it was completely inaccessible to me. Oh well. The desire to sit on a fancy chair is a good enough reason to go back, right?
Are you looking for more Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia? Check out these posts:
And if that’s not enough to quench your Game of Thrones thirst, I’d highly recommend checking out Karen’s review of a Game of Thrones tour she took in Malta and Lucy’s guide to Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland!
Have you visited any Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik and beyond?