Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Since premiering on The Kingsroad episode in season two, Dark Hedges has become a popular destination for those looking to immerse themselves in one of the most frequently traveled roads in the fictional world. An avenue between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, the 150 beech trees were planted in 1755 by a family to create an imposing first impression on anyone approaching the house on the hill.
It certainly had its desired impact, with tourists and fans flocking to the sight to snap a picture between the eerie trees. If you’re planning to go see it for yourself, make sure to do so in daylight—rumor has it that they’re haunted.
Doune Castle, Scotland
Scotland has no shortage of medieval castles that make it a favorite for historical dramas. With over 2,000 to choose from, it would be hard to pick just one to feature, but the one favored by the makers of Game of Thrones is Doune castle.
Used as a stand in for Winterfell, the seat of House Stark, the 15th century home of Regent Albany perfectly captures the austere nature of the north. While Winterfell was filmed in numerous places over the years, Doune castle was the first model—making its appearance on the very first episode of the series.
Fans of the show can visit the castle with an audio tour narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and get a glimpse into the lives of the people who once roamed its halls.
Real Alcázar de Sevilla, Spain
The oldest castle still in use in Europe, Real Alcázar de Sevilla stood in as the home of the ruling house of Dorne—the southern most region of Westeros. Having a culture that is distinctly different from that of their fellow countrymen, Dorne draws inspiration from Hispanic culture, making Alcázar de Sevilla the perfect location.
The palace is a UNESCO world heritage site and is reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with good reason. With 14th century mudéjar architechture (Muslim-influenced architecture), lush gardens, and intricate geometric designs, the palace lent the show an added sense of opulence.
Numerous English speaking tours are available in the palace and is definitely something any Game of Thrones fan should go for.