Filming locations of “The House of the Dragon”


The game of thrones prequel Dragon House has already been renewed for a second season – little surprise given that nearly 10 million people watched the premiere on August 21, making it HBO’s most-watched series premiere in network history. As OBTAINED, the series features expansive landscapes and dramatic settings that bring the fantasy world to life. Many otherworldly scenes in OBTAINED were filmed on location in Northern Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Iceland. Dragon House—based on the 2018 novel by George RR Martin Fire & Blood– takes us to a few new locations across England, Spain and Portugal. As the story of the Targaryen family and the civil war that tore them apart unfold, be sure to add these locations to your OBTAINED– themed travel bucket list.

Mont Saint-Michel in Cornwall, England

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Mont Saint Michel was practically made for OBTAINED universe. Located in a bay off Marazion in Cornwall, it is home to a 12th century castle which is currently home to the St. Aubyn family. The family have a 999-year lease to live in the castle and run the National Trust-licensed visitor business, according to the domain website. In Dragon Housethe location serves as a Driftmark in Blackwater Bay, home to Velaryon’s home.

Kynance Cove in Cornwall, England

To the east of Mont Saint-Michel is Kynance Cove, where a Velaryon camp was built on the beach. The cove’s white sand beach contrasts with its deep red and green serpentine rock, making it a breathtaking setting for a relaxing day. There’s even an eco-café that sells Cornish pastries, fresh sandwiches, homemade cakes and more.

Holywell Bay Beach in Cornwall, England

Another sandy seaside stopover in Cornwall is Holywell Bay Beach. In the show, Daemon and Rhaenyra Targaryen can be seen on the beach together. The location has also been used for other productions including the James Bond film die another day.

Derbyshire, England

A few places across Derbyshire represent the hills and valleys of Dragon House. Among them is Dale Cavea dry limestone valley in the county’s Peak District suitable for hiking. Eldon Hill can also be seen in the show. It presents what appears to be a natural amphitheater thanks to the extraction of limestone. Pastures are also used for rough grazing.

Caceres, Spain

old town of caceres

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game of thrones fans should recognize the Spanish city of Caceres like King’s Landing. For Dragon House, the place will also play the role of capital. Admirers of architecture will appreciate the mix of Roman, Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance towers, walls, buildings and plazas throughout the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Castillo de La Calahorra in Granada, Spain

La Calahorra Castle in Granada is another must-see castle seen in the show. Most of the filming took place at night, according to the Granada newspaper Ideal. Explosions and flares were also reportedly seen on location during filming in 2021, as was Matt Smith, who plays Daemon Targaryen.

Monsanto, Portugal

Once declared “the most Portuguese village in Portugal”, Monsanto is home to another castle seen in Dragon House. The medieval structure is surrounded by a stone fortress and dotted with giant boulders, like the rest of the village.

Warner Bros. Studios at Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England

Although the show features various European destinations, filming also took place at Warner Bros. Studios. in Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England. Just outside of London, the studios are known for the Harry Potter films and studio tours centered on them. In June 2021, the studios added three new sound stages with a wraparound LED room that offers “a new level of creative reach”, according to the studios announcement. Dragon House was the first production to use these scenes.

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