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‘House of the Dragon’ Filming Locations and Hidden Gems Revealed

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Sep 4, 2022

Dragon House renewed fan interest in the fantasy world created by author George RR Martin. More than three years after the controversial last season of game of thrones came to its controversial ending – angering and disappointing many fans – the new prequel sparks a flurry of online searches and posts about HBO’s take on Martin’s A song of ice and fire series of novels and the history book of Westeros Fire & Blood.

Matt Smith and Sonoya Mizuno on ‘House of the Dragon’ | Ollie Upton/HBO

Fans want to know more about ‘House of the Dragon’ filming locations

Since Dragon House debuted on HBO on Sunday, August 21, Google Trends data revealed that photos and videos of the big-budget production’s various filming locations are all over the internet. And fans are really interested in seeing what these places look like IRL.

According to Irish Casino slot box, searches for “House of Dragons filming locations” increased by 536% worldwide. The main filming locations on the list were St. Michael’s Mount, Kynance Cove and Holywell Bay Beach, all located in Cornwall, UK. With all three being so close together, they should expect an increase in foot traffic of Dragon House Fans.

The Dragon House The production team used St. Michael’s Mount to portray Driftmark in Blackwater Bay. While Kynance Cove also acted as a Valyrian camp. Holywell Bay Beach is where Daemon (Matt Smith) and Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) were filmed on the beach together. Other UK filming locations were Eldon Hill and Cave Dale in Derbyshire.

More hidden gems on the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Another filming location that has seen a surge of interest online is a location already hugely popular with hikers and tourists – Iceland’s famous Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell National Park.

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The village of Penha Garcia in Portugal – site of the castle ruins – has also seen a surge in online search activity. But, a far cry from the numbers for locations in the UK and Iceland. It’s more of a hidden gem, like Castillo de La Calahorra in Granada, Spain, and Ciudad Monumental de Cáceres, a Unesco World Heritage city.

‘House of the Dragon’ has been a big hit so far for HBO

HBO announced that 10 million people watched the Dragon House first when it aired. Adding viewers who watched it on DVR and streaming after the fact, the numbers approach 25 million.

Also, the number of live viewers did not decrease in the second week. Instead, they grew to 10.2 million. So far it looks like Dragon House is a huge success for HBO. They’ve already renewed the series for a second season, which shows more clearly than ever that the premium cabler is going all out on the game of thrones universe.

However, when they return for Season 2, it will be without co-showrunner Miguel Sipochnik. He decided to retire from this role and develop new projects. But, he will remain as an executive producer.

Dragon House airs Sunday nights on HBO, with all episodes also streaming on HBO Max.

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