The House of the Dragon Filming Locations in England That You Must Visit
The return of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy classic has been a delightful surprise, three years after the final season of Game of Thrones ended.
Although the original series ended on a sour note, the prequel has been an instant hit, exceeding many people’s expectations.
Of course, we all love the dragons and political scheming but it is the beautiful on-set locations that really catch the eye. Like in Game of Thrones, the new prequel series has chosen some of the most beautiful spots in England as their medieval backdrop.
If you don’t want to travel abroad but still want to visit Westeros, here are three of the top destinations.
Located in the very southwest of England, Cornwall possesses some beautiful medieval locations and a stunning rugged coastline. It is the perfect location for Driftmark in Blackwater Bay, home to House Velaryon, who are part of the Targaryen family tree.
On top of St. Michael’s Mount is the 12th-century castle, where the Velaryons house and which features prominently in episodes five and seven.
If you enjoy white sandy beaches, medieval castles and green forests, Cornwall is the perfect destination for you. There are a lot of excellent hotels close by including the incredible Marazion hotel, which is in view of the castle.
Surrey and Hampshire
Only an hour outside of London in the South East of England, Surrey and Hampshire both boast picturesque towns and villages. Sitting on a hill fort on the border of both counties is Ceasar’s Camp, the location of the tournament in the very first episode of House of the Dragon.
Caesar’s camp is surrounded by a ditch which circles a mile around the hillfort which stands at 581ft, rewarding those that climb to the top with a panoramic view.
It is an ideal destination for any nature lovers who don’t want to stray too far away from the big city.
The Elvetham Country House Hotel will be the perfect stay for fans of the House of the Dragon franchise, it is a 19th-century mansion with elegant rooms and a real historic feel.
Castleton village in Derbyshire will be a very familiar location for both Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon fans. It is the location used for The Vale of Arryn which featured heavily in the original series and now again in the prequel.
Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith, shot many of his scenes in the Hope Valley for the second episode of the season where he visits a character from his past.
Mam Tor, Eldon Hill and Cave Dale are more shooting locations in Derbyshire that you should also include on your checklist. Derbyshire is one of the most beautiful areas in the country, especially its National Forest and the Peak District National Park.
If you do visit there are plenty of old-timey hotels to visit, if you are really into history then the 17th-century village inn, Ye Olde Nags Head should be top of the list.
With medieval castles, sandy beaches and green countryside, it is no surprise that England has been home to so many iconic movies and shows.