Where was ‘House of the Dragon’ filmed?

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Three long years since the end of the mighty Game of Thrones, we will finally be able to escape back to George RR Martin’s fantasy world of warring tribes, political intrigue and fire-breathing reptiles with the arrival of House of the Dragon.

Based on Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood, this new saga acts as a prequel to the enormous HBO hit, bringing us the events that led to the end of the Targaryen dynasty and the outlaw status of Daenerys two centuries later, when we were first introduced to the GoT universe. There will be dragons – lots of them, we’re promised – and with them a cast of impressive calibre: Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy will represent the Targaryens, aided by the Hightower family of Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans, while their rivals the Velaryons will include Eve Best and Steve Toussaint.

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Then there are the all-important epic backdrops to consider, created as with Game of Thrones via a combination of studio and location shoots. Like the second season of the forthcoming Lord of the Rings, House of the Dragon made use of the UK for much of this, basing its operation at the Warner Bros Studio at Leavesden in Hertfordshire, most famous as the home of Harry Potter. While the studios now offer three new world-class stages including a “wraparound” LED room capable of creating a 180º panorama, the production team have continued the GoT tradition of incorporating real locations around the world – many of them much closer to home for British viewers.

Here’s our guide to the House of the Dragon settings that have helped create what will surely be 2022’s most-watched series.

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Cornwall

Tailor-made for the George RR Martin universe, St. Michael’s Mount sits offshore from the southern Cornish coast close to Penzance. A tidal island dominated by the Castle of St Michael, its buildings date back to the 12th century and at one point in the 1800s numbered 53 houses. For over 300 years it has been home to the Lords St Levan, who now lease it from the National Trust. In a 1979 film adaptation of Dracula, starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier, the Mount depicted the vampire’s castle to magnificent effect. For House of the Dragon, it will embody Driftmark, home to House Velaryon, in Blackwater Bay.

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