The Self-guided Game of Thrones tour of Dubrovnik

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan planning on a visit to Dubrovnik, you are a prime target for the ruthless tour guides littered around the city. Do not fall for their persuasive trickery – they are all out to rip you off. If you pay any attention to the show you probably know more than them anyway.

Courtesy of Matt, here are the tools you need to build your very own Game of Thrones tour of Dubrovnik – for free! We managed to tick off the majority of these on our holiday in Dubrovnik, which you can read about in my post 4 days in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Anyway, on with the tour!

Beware, here there be spoilers…

Start

West Harbour

The main square in front of Old Town is bristling with activity as coaches drop off tourists, and bars and restaurants fight for space. Instead of heading straight towards the bridge into Old Town, veer off to the right towards the sea. You can look down on West Harbour from here, or even walk down to the water where they rent out brightly coloured paddle boats.

Picture, if you will, Myrcella Lannister being sailed out of this harbour to Dorne in season 2 (and then Jamie returning four seasons later with her dead body).

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Left: West Harbour, Dubrovnik. Right: Fort Lovrijenac.
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“I will not let you ship her off to Dorne as I was shipped off to Robert Baratheon!” (Picture: HBO)

Old Town

Pile Gate (Vrata od Pila)

Time to enter Old Town! The grand 16th century arch that is Pile Gate stands proudly over the drawbridge that leads to it, and as you walk through you’ll find two ways into the town itself – stone steps or a sloping walkway.

Stand at the stone bannisters and look down, and you’ll have the same view the King’s Landing townspeople had of Joffrey getting pelted with dung in season 2.

“We’ve had vicious kings and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t know if we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot boy king!” (Picture: HBO)

Large Onofrio’s Fountain (Velika Onofrijeva fontana)

On the other side of the wall is the square featuring Large Onofrio’s Fountain, a beautiful red brick structure with a striking and unusual shape.

In all honesty, I’m not 100% sure this is in Game of Thrones. I thought I recognised it when I saw it but I can’t find any mention of it’s appearance. Oh well, it looks King’s Landing-y and you have to walk past it anyway.

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Large Onofrio’s Fountain on Poljana Paska Miličevića.

St Dominika Street (Ul. Svetog Dominika)

Main Street is the perfect opportunity to pause and treat yourself to an ice cream before strolling down to the Old Port. To the left before the entrance to the port you will find St Dominika Street, with an impressively grand set of curving steps.

This is the almost inappropriately beautiful location where the City Watch murders Robert Baratheon’s bastard children in season 2.

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“The city is foul with corruption!” (Picture: HBO)

Ploce Gate (Vrata Od Ploča)

Exit Old Town through Ploce gate and turn back on yourself to see a gorgeous Romanesque style stone bridge.

This is where Cersei Lannister stumbles up to the Red Keep at the end of her walk of shame in season 5.

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“Shame! Shame! Shame!” (Picture: HBO)

Rector’s Palace (Knežev dvor)

Back inside Old Town and along Ul. Pred Dvorom, a lovely wide paved street with cafes all around, sits a beautiful stone building with swooping archways and elaborate windows.

This is the Rector’s Palace, the setting for the home of the Spice King in season 2, where Daenerys asks for ships to cross the Narrow sea.

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The Rector’s Palace on Ul. Pred Dvorom, Dubrovnik.
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“Forgive me little princess, but I cannot make an investment based on wishes and dreams!” (Picture: HBO)

The Jesuit Staircase (Ul. uz Jezuite)

Further into Old Town you’ll find the Jesuit Staircase, a commanding yet graceful set of stone stairs leading up to Saint Ignatius Church (Crkva sv. Ignacija).

Behold! The infamous starting point of Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame through the streets of King’s Landing in season 5.

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Left: The streets of Old Town where Cersei does her walk of shame. Right: Looking down the Jesuit Steps, where the walk begins.
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“Shame! Shame! Shame!” (Picture: HBO)

The Old Town Walls

Time to climb the walls! There are a few entrances, but the official one where you buy the tickets is back by Large Onofrio’s Fountain. One adult ticket costs 150kn, or you can do a package deal and pay 190kn for a day ticket to the walls, the Dominican Monastery and Lovrijenac fort.

When you first climb up, take a moment to glance down and see a slightly abandoned-looking patch of green grass. This is the combat practice yard in season 4, when Cersei asks the Mountain to be her champion in the trial by combat of Tyrion. In season 5, Loras Tyrell is practicing his swordsmanship here when he is arrested by Lancel Lannister and the Faith Militant.

Follow the walls around Old Town for many more views of King’s Landing! The Seaside walls are used in many scenes of the show, like the Battle of Blackwater Bay in season 2.

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The Old Town walls of Dubrovnik.
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“Where is the god of tits and wine?” (Picture: HBO)

 Bokar Fortress (Tvrđava Bokar)

When Tyrion and Lord Varys are planning the defence of King’s Landing in season 2, Bokar Fortress is where they stand and look out to sea, with the Red Keep computer-generated into the background.

Bokar Fortress, Dubrovnik
Bokar fortress (the canon on the left is where Tyrion and Lord Varys are standing, with Fort Lovrijenac in the background out of shot.
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“Any fool with a bit of luck can find himself born into power. But earning it for yourself, that takes work.” (Picture: HBO)

In fact, as you walk around the walls, just look out over the terracotta roofs to see that the whole of Old Town is basically King’s Landing!

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The view over Old Town from the walls.
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“This city stinks. Like dead bodies. And shit. I love it.” (Picture: HBO)

Minčeta Tower (Tvrđava Minčeta)

This tower is on the North corner of the Old Town, at the highest point of the wall. It’s a really beautiful tower, used in Game of Thrones as the exterior of House of Undying in Qarth. Remember when Daenerys goes here in season 2 to search for her kidnapped dragons? Now’s the time for your best Khaleesi impression!

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Minčeta Tower, and the steps leading up to them.
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“Give me back my dragons!” (Picture: HBO)

Lokrum

Lokrum island is only a 15 minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik, and whilst the boat is packed, the island is pleasantly quiet. The ferry costs 40kn per ticket, which you can buy at the port itself either in advance or on the day. Once you land on the island, make sure you explore the whole thing, not just the Game of Thrones parts!

Benedictine Monastery Of St Mary (Benediktinski samostan)

The ruined monastery on Lokrum is one of the most beautiful spots in Dubrovnik, with bedraggled but proud columns holding up a long gone roof, and the overgrown garden spilling across the walls.

It is also the setting for Qarth. The sculpted maze is the location of the party in season 2 where Daenerys Targaryen meets the Undying Ones, the highest ranking warlocks of Qarth. The monastery itself really is stunning, and would be worth visiting anyway!

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Exploring the monastery on Lokrum island.
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“We call Qarth “the Greatest City that Ever Was or Will Be”.” (Picture: HBO)
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“Come with me to the House of the Undying, and you shall drink of truth and wisdom.” (Picture: HBO)

Make sure you don’t miss the Game of Thrones exhibition! It’s hidden in the monastery, complete with behind the scenes videos and a real Iron Throne to snap yourself in.

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“In the game of thrones, you either win or you die.”

Bonus round

Gradac Park

I’ve tacked this on the end because we thought Gradac Park was slightly odd, and perhaps only worth seeing if you are really desperate to tick all the boxes. Situated on the hill to the West of Lovrijenac fort, Gradac Park is the shoot location of Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell’s wedding in season 4. It was dressed up a lot for filming, but you can still recognise the distinctive trees and the view out to sea.

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“Killing a man at a wedding? Horrid. What sort of monster would do such a thing? As if men need more reasons to fear marriage.” (Picture: HBO)

Trsteno Arboretum

We were only in Dubrovnik for 4 days so didn’t get the chance to do any excursions, but if you have more time it’s definitely worth doing a trip out to see Trsteno Arboretum. This is the gorgeous setting for the Red Keep Gardens, where the Queen of Thorns seems to be permanently housed when she visits King’s Landing.

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“Women in our position must make the best of our circumstances.” (Picture: HBO)

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Disclaimer: Matt & I visited Dubrovnik and researched all Game of Thrones shooting locations ourselves. All opinions in this post are my own, nothing is sponsored, endorsed and/or affiliated with HBO or anyone else associated with Game of Thrones®.

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