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House of The Dragon filming locations stretch far and wide - here's the ones you need to know about.
Game of Thrones enthusiasts welcomed the premiere of House of The Dragon with open arms this August - having been counting down to the moment, since its prequel was announced in 2019 - the same year the preceding show concluded.
Created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO, the show is based on Martin's 2018 novel Fire & Blood. Charting the rise and fall of House Targaryen (opens in new tab) plus new House of Velaryon (opens in new tab) and enemy the crab feeder (opens in new tab) - many will be delighted to see the show headed up by an all-star House of the Dragon cast (opens in new tab). The filming locations spanned a multitude of countries - so read on for a full roundup of all the locations you can visit, country by country.
Where was House of the Dragon filmed?
House of The Dragon was filmed across locations in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, and Croatia. Predecessor Game of Thrones was similarly filmed in Iceland and Croatia, with additional production taking place in Malta and Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is considered the home of the original production and A Game of Thrones Studio Tour is now open at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, where most of the filming took place. In contrast, House of The Dragon saw much of the interior shooting moved to The Warner Bros Leavesden Studios (opens in new tab).
UK - filming locations
In the UK, House of The Dragon was filmed in Cornwall, Surrey, and Derbyshire.
In Cornwall, Holywell Bay beach, Kynance Cove, and St Michael's Mount were used. According to BT.com (opens in new tab), St Michael’s Mount stands in for Driftmark - the ancestral seat of House Velaryon. Meanwhile in Surrey, filming took place at Caesar's Camp on the Surrey/Hampshire border. In Aldershot, a large set was erected in a woodland area, featuring a range of tents and the Targaryen sigil banner.
The stage is set behind St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall ahead of filming of the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. https://t.co/Aqu8asxvS8 pic.twitter.com/5OrrqFpKa9April 28, 2021
In Derbyshire, Matt Smith was seen filming the show in the Peak District - specifically in the village of Castleton. This location was reported to stand in for central Westeros now Northern Ireland is no longer used. Cast members were also reportedly spotted in Cave Dale, Eldon Hill Quarry and the Market Place.
Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen #BehindTheScenes during filming of the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon last week at Castleton in the Peak District, Derbyshire.#MattSmith #DaemonTargaryen #HouseOfTheDragon #GameofThrones #GoT #HBOMax pic.twitter.com/xdMkee6jCHSeptember 7, 2021
Spain - filming locations
In Spain, filming took place in Cáceres and Trujillo. Cáceres was also featured in Game of Thrones, where it acted as King’s Landing - home of the Lannisters.
Cáceres Old Town stands in the western region of Extremadura. Founded by the ancient Romans, Cáceres retains evidence of subsequent occupation by a variety of cultures. The central location of Ciudad Monumental displays a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, ancient cobbled medieval streets, and plenty of fortified houses and palaces.
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45km east of Cáceres, medieval Trujillo was also previously used in Game of Thrones. With many medieval and renaissance buildings, the town is a tourist hotspot. Twitter became awash with fans who’d spotted House of The Dragon sets being constructed, and actors filming at the location.
Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon begins filming at Trujillo - https://t.co/r6Smc67utI pic.twitter.com/ypDvKE0N5lOctober 24, 2021
Portugal - filming locations
In Portugal, Monsanto and Penha Garcia took centre stage when film crews arrived for House of The Dragon filming.
Monsanto is protected by building regulations, ensuring it retains a preternatural charm. Granite cottages sit among giant boulders in random fashion. Tiny streets carved out of rock rise up a steep hill through the town, to a height of nearly 800 meters. The hilltop filming location features more boulders, and a ruined medieval castle.
Extras wanted for Game of Thrones prequel “House of The Dragon” being filmed at the Castle of Monsanto Nothing to do with Madeira, but the Portugal News reports that extras are wanted in Portugal for Game of Thrones prequel. Filming of the “House of The Dragon” is d... pic.twitter.com/SG2QjqXRXYSeptember 29, 2021
Penha Garcia - another picturesque village - was reportedly used as a filming location. However, it is unclear at this time exactly which scenes the area was used for, or which localities from the series they acted as.
Iceland - filming locations
In Iceland, filming took place at the Svínafellsjökull glacier area. The area is rich with glaciers, waterfalls, and active volcanoes.
According to The Express (opens in new tab), this area was also used in season 2 and 7 of Game of Thrones. In scenes where Jon Snow and the Night Watch capture Ygritte, and in season 7’s battle with the army of the dead, the area is prominent. Svínafellsjökull is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull - the largest ice cap in Europe. It is popular for glacier hiking, photography, and for those looking for raw and natural beauty.
Sunset over Svínafellsjökull in Iceland. This glacier is constantly changing. It will never look like this again#EarthCapture by @serenavsworld pic.twitter.com/z3rIkGnhxsMarch 21, 2019
Croatia - filming locations
It is currently unclear which areas of Croatia were used for filming House of The Dragon.
However, Dubrovnik, Split, and Sibenik were frequently used in Game of Thrones filming. It could be surmised that as previous locations have been returned to for continuity, the same locations could be used again for House of The Dragon.
I’m in Croatia currently and just did a Game of Thrones tour, visiting the filming locations of the city. It was so cool & got to hear a ton of stories from the locals that happened during filming. 🙌🏾 ig: queenofvacay pic.twitter.com/d3dTUlUaZROctober 17, 2019
When was House of the Dragon filmed?
Filming began in late April 2021, and was confirmed by HBO to have concluded in February 2022.
Casting began in July 2020 with Paddy Considine the first cast member to be announced. The casting of Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith and Emma D'Arcy soon followed. Filming began in April 2021, with Cornwall being the first location used. Production in Spain took place between April 11–21, before moving to Portugal. The dates for filming at other locations remain unclarified.
‘House of the Dragon’ is now filming 🐉 pic.twitter.com/YhQaCUES64April 26, 2021
House of the Dragon: Behind-the-scenes filming
In behind-the-scenes video footage, Paddy Considine and Matt Smith spoke about filming “riding the dragon” scenes. Smith said “they’ve got great big wind machines, rain, the lot. They put you on a plinth that’s about 20 foot in the air and they strap you into it”. He jokingly added “I was born to do it”.
About who is the most evil and the most good in the show, Smith said “Otto is the most evil. He’s the most machiavellian. He’s the most serpentine. He’s a puppet master”. Smith is referring to Rhys Ifans who plays Otto Hightower. Both actors agreed that Considine’s character King Viserys l is the “most good” of the characters.
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