I discovered Game of Thrones late, around 17 years old when the rest of the world was nearing the end of Season Three. After the finale episode of that particular season, I watched the whole series back to front, then over and over again with different friends and family members. It became, to my surprise, something that genuinely made me happy and that I was incredibly passionate about. I watched endless YouTube videos on all the theories and even wrote about some on a very old blog. If you told me back then that I’d be in Dubrovnik – the actual King’s Landing filming location – just a few months after the final season ended, I would have been ecstatic. I might have even cried.
And so it was September 2019 that all the waiting paid off. Josh and I booked a taxi from our hotel in Cavtat to Dubrovnik Old Town, via our receptionist so as to save any hassle. (I read on Croatia Traveller that taxis are more expensive on Sundays and shops can be shut most of the day, so we came on a weekday to ensure the full experience.) At the end of our 30-minute journey we paid the driver 300kn, however if you are sensible enough to find a taxi rank, it may only cost you 270kn for the same journey back. I didn’t care about a measly 30kn overcharge. I’d been calling it “Game of Thrones day” ever since I woke up; all I required was happiness and plenty of photos. I fixed my Sansa-like hair with my Daenerys-inspired dress from Lucy in the Sky, and I was ready to finally walk through Ploče Gate. (After a quick walk on the pier, course!)
Finding filming locations
When it comes to finding filming locations, my advice is: explore. We didn’t arrive with a set plan, and we didn’t use a map to find any of the GOT locations – they were all happy accidents – but we did have one downloaded just in case. We didn’t book a Game of Thrones tour in advance as we heard that there were loads available to purchase near the gates, so we decided if we fancied one we’d book it then and there. We had considered a Tui tour similar to our Montenegro trip, but the one available to us would have set us back over £100 each! However, while researching for this post, I did find this GOT tour around £80 that includes entry to not just the Old Town but other filming locations, too.
The first location we spotted was the scene of the protest in King’s Landing. In real life the steps are situated on St. Dominic’s Street, right across the road from a lovely little art shop where we brought back a gorgeous illustration of Dubrovnik Old Town. It’s now one of our most prized and sentimental possessions, so we highly recommend that you pop in!
Because we didn’t use the map we had on our phones, we got wonderfully lost. We walked way too far out; but if it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t have found more filming locations. You’ll see us in the picture above, wandering down the beautiful narrow streets and bumping into the archway that leads to Littlefinger’s Brothel. Today, it leads to a Museum (of which there are no end in Dubrovnik!). At the end of the day, we walked past the world’s first museum dedicated to love and romance, however I was too tired by then to even consider it.
The City Walls
Eventually we found our way to Luza (the Main Square), where we could purchase our City Wall tickets. They were 200kn each, including free entry to Fort Lovrijenac later on in the day. The views from on high were incredible – walking the wall is definitely something that has to be done and completed in your lifetime. There are many times that I wanted to get off as my legs were shaking something rotten, but I’m glad I didn’t because we discovered the ‘House of the Undying’ entrance right on the last stretch. We accidentally even took the photo at the correct angle with the same window as the popular screenshot!
After our incredibly long walk (Josh’s Samsung Health app said that we walked over 18,000 steps that day, which is a lot for my tiny legs!) we finally stopped for some dinner near the Stradun. To my dismay I can’t remember the name of this place but my burger was beautiful so I really wish I could! It was an unassuming restaurant with outside space near the Tourist Information, but if you’re looking for something a bit more fancy, I recommend taking a look on Croatia Gems for some options. Our bellies full, we left the City Gates to go explore Fort Lovrijenac. On the way over we stumbled across the dock where Sansa ponders after speaking to Shae, and I got my long-awaited Sansa pic!
The quickest way to get to the Fort is through Pile Gate, approximately a three minute walk – however we left the Old Town the way we came in and accidentally tripled our journey time. After that, there are only a few more staircases standing between you and the next Game of Thrones filming location. We entered for free with our City Walls ticket and a lot of huffing and puffing, but found that it was worth the struggle. Josh and I are absolutely certain that this is where they filmed that map scene where Cersei does her battle planning – but “it is known” to be the place they filmed King Joffrey’s name-day celebrations.
Your next task
Altogether, we took 215 photos on this day – so you can imagine how hard it was to narrow them down for this post! But if you really want to complete your Game of Thrones mission, you’ll have to snap some more on Lokrum Island… what a shame!
Last word of advice: I really don’t believe you need a tour to find these locations; we bumped into ours with only a vague idea of where we were going and no support whatsoever. I would definitely recommend that you use the money on something else, as the tours aren’t cheap and Dubrovnik is an expensive city!
*Please note this post first appeared on my previous blog, and has been adapted.