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House Of The Dragon: Where Was It Filmed & Can You Visit?

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Game of Thrones was a legendary TV series for a number of reasons – not least because of its standout cinematography and stunningly beautiful filming locations. From the woods of Ireland to saturated Croatian streets to the snowy wilds of Iceland, filming for the original show occurred here, there and everywhere. Now that the prequel, House of the Dragon, is finally hitting our screens on a weekly basis, the pseudo-Medieval magic of George R. R. Martin’s expansive universe is back full force – and, with it, plenty of incredible filming locations that we are itching to visit.

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House Of The Dragon: Where Was It Filmed & Can You Visit?

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Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen

Stepstones: Holywell Beach & Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Extensive early filming for House of the Dragon began in Cornwall in April 2021. A central and significant destination is Holywell Beach, which features in one of the early promotional shots released to the public, picturing Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.

Holywell Beach is believed to be the filming location for the Stepstones, a chain of islands that link Westeros and Essos (the eastern continent in Martin’s universe). Kynance Cove appears in the season’s first big battle sequence as a battle camp, brought to life by the location’s natural rocks and caves.

Image (c) Ollie Upton/HBO.

Old town of Caceras, Spain

King’s Landing: Cáceres and Trujillo, Spain

Also previously used in Game of Thrones, the producers of House of the Dragon transported George R. R. Martin’s show back to the streets of Spain in order to get enough sun-soaked shots to conjure King’s Landing.

Situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Extremadura, the Old Town of Cáceres is notable for its blend of architectural influences – Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance all feature – hence making it an ideal site for the similarly multi-influenced Kings Landing. Trujillo – 45 km to the east, and home to a number of medieval and renaissance buildings – also returns to screens for House of the Dragon.

Image: Old town of Cáceres, Spain

Paddy Considine, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint in house of the dragon

King’s Landing Gardens: Santa Clotilde Gardens, Spain 

More specifically in King’s Landing, many scenes transpire in the verdant and manicured gardens. The real gardens serving as a filming location are Spain’s Santa Clotilde Gardens, created by the Marquis of Roviralta, Raül Roviralta i Astoul. At age 25, in 1917, he moved to Lloret de Mar in search of land to build an isolated property in contact with nature and open to the sea. Completed in 1926 but extensively improved across the years, these gorgeous gardens are open to the public, making for a lovely stroll. lloretdemar.org

Image (c) Ollie Upton/HBO.

Damian Shields - 'Sailing’, St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England

Driftmark: St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

At the edge of Kings Landing, there is a large body of water called Blackwater Bay. It houses Driftmark, a castle and home to House Velaryon. It previously featured in Game of Thrones during the Battle of the Blackwater. Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake, is a key character in House of the Dragon, sitting on the small council as Master of Ships.

In reality, Driftmark is a medieval church dating back to the 12th century on St. Michael’s Mount, a rocky island housing a small community off the coast of Cornwall, linked to Marazion island by a tidal causeway. stmichaelsmount.co.uk

Image (c) Damian Shields – ‘Sailing’, St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England. damianshields.com

Aerial view of Peveril Castle ruins in Castleton in Peak District, England, UK

The Vale of Arryn: Castleton, Derbyshire

The ancient village of Castleton is situated in Derbyshire, at the head of Hope Valley in the heart of the Peak District. With its dramatic landscape, is well-suited to House of the Dragon – particularly the Vale of Arryn, famous for housing the Eyrie in Game of Thrones, where enemies can be shot from above like fish in a barrel, or pushed through the moon door.

A trip to Castleton will surely involve less bloodshed – but the landscape remains very dramatic. With sweeping valleys and expansive cave and cavern systems, Castleton makes for an otherworldly visit. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted in this century (and this world, for that matter), long walks, delightful tea rooms and cosy pubs will keep you occupied. visitpeakdistrict.com

Sunny day in Cordoba may with a crowd walking over the Puente romano between the Mesquita and the Torre de la Calahorra

Pentos: La Calahorra, Spain

Back to Spain for the ancestral seat of House Targaryen, for which Castillo de La Calahorra acts as the filming location. In Martin’s imagined world, Pentos is a city adjacent to the seas of Westeros (the central continent and home of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones). The medieval castle Castillo de La Calahorra is situated on the town’s only hill, with a Gothic exterior and a Renaissance-inspired structure, built between 1509-12. 

Featured Image by Ollie Upton/HBO.