While House of the Dragon will return us to Westeros, several of the filming sites for the Game of Thrones prequel are entirely new. Here’s a list of them all.
House of the Dragon on HBO has numerous locales made famous by Game of Thrones, as well as some new ones – here are all the real-life sites where the Game of Thrones prequel was filmed. Based on part of the events recounted in George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon will center on the House Targaryen and the machinations that would eventually lead to a full-fledged civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. House of the Dragon, on the other hand, will be set about two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones, concentrating instead on Westeros at the height of the Targaryen reign.
While many characters will vie for the Iron Throne in House of the Dragon, the teaser establishes Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Daemon (Matt Smith) as the key rivals, as the king’s daughter and brother, Viserys I. (Paddy Considine). Viserys I’s second wife, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), is another strong character who, in the novel, actually backed her son Aegon II’s ascension to the kingdom over Rhaenyra’s. Whether or whether House of the Dragon deviates from the Targaryen history described in Fire & Blood, it will undoubtedly include all of the power moves made famous by its parent book.
Following the show’s long-lasting success, filming locales such as La Valletta in Malta and Dubrovnik in Croatia have become tourism magnets for Game of Thrones fans. House of the Dragon features several locales from Game of Thrones, although most of them are restricted to England and Spain. Here are the real-life Westeros sites for the House of the Dragon.
Cáceres and Trujillo, Extramadura, Spain
House of the Dragon used Cáceres and Trujillo in Spain’s Extramadura area for various exterior sequences featured in King’s Landing. Despite the fact that several sites in Malta and Dubrovnik in Croatia were utilized to bring the Westeros capital to life in previous seasons, Cáceres and Trujillo were said to have previously been used for exteriors in King’s Landing in season 7. The two medieval towns take over from Dubrovnik as the main location for the external scenes in King’s Landing in House of the Dragon, which works especially well given Cáceres’ old town’s Unesco World Heritage Site status – a host to a blend of “Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic, and Italian Renaissance” styles that could easily pass for the alleys of Westeros’ capital.
Cornwall, England, UK
Several sequences in the trailer for House of the Dragon included stunning beach vistas, which were largely provided by various sites in Cornwall, England. Both Holywell Bay Beach and Kynance Cove were utilized for exterior sequences in the Game of Thrones prequel, with the first showing in one of House of the Dragon’s advertising images of Rhaenyra and Daenyra Targaryen. St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island, was also utilized as a filming site for House of the Dragon, and it’s thought to be Driftmark, House Velaryon’s seat.
Derbyshire, England, UK
Although it is unclear what it will stand for, the medieval hamlet of Monsanto in Portugal was also employed as a filming site for House of the Dragon. It’s also been reported that some filming occurred outside Portugal’s Penha Garcia Castle. The medieval village is located near the Spanish border, around 87 miles west of Cáceres, which was also utilized as a filming site for House of the Dragon. Both Monsanto and the Penha Garcia castle provide excellent hillside views by being on top of hills, and will most likely be utilized as outdoor locales for House of the Dragon.