There are few things more exciting than visiting a luxurious royal castle or palace, but this is something that can only be done in certain places. Where can you soak up some royal glamour on your travels and see how these families really live?
The Game Of Thrones Filming Locations
With a limited number of royal families left on the planet, and many of them restricting public access to their properties, visiting a fictional monarchy may be a simpler option. In that respect, the filming locations for the Game of Thrones TV series have become hugely popular travel destinations in recent years. While many scenes were filmed in studios in Northern Ireland, other places worth visiting include Castle Ward in County, which was Winterfell, and Fort Manoel in Malta.
The new series titled House of the Dragon is set about 200 years before Game of Thrones and focuses on House Targaryen. Before exploring this family’s key locations, it’s worth trying to understand how the different generations fit together. A look at their family tree showing the Targaryen members lets us see how people like Alicent Hightower and Lyanna Stark are related.
We can see also see who in the family has sat on the Iron Throne, which is located in Dubrovnik. As for the best filming locations from the series, they include historic cities and properties in Portugal and Spain, among others.
The British Royal Family
In real life, the British royal family has a string of properties across the country that the public can visit. Buckingham Palace in central London is perhaps the most famous, and while many tourists simply look at it from the outside, the palace’s incredible State Rooms are open for a total of ten weeks each summer as well as on a few other dates throughout the year. The imposing Windsor Castle, in the town of the same name, is another hugely popular British royal destination.
Described as the largest and oldest occupied castle remaining in the world, Windsor Castle has been the home of 40 monarchs since the 11th century and it’s open to tourists all year round. Highlights include the State Rooms and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
The Spanish Royal Family
Despite being their official residence, the Royal Palace of Madrid isn’t the place where the Spanish royal family lives, but it’s still an extremely interesting and luxurious location that tourists can visit. This is Europe’s biggest palace and it has six floors with more than 3,000 rooms in it. The main staircase is one of the main jaw-dropping spots and it’s also one of the few parts of the palace where you can take photos.
El Escorial just outside of Madrid is another unmissable destination for royal fans. This massive monastery complex was used by King Philip II in the 16th century and many of the buildings are still used today for various activities, while it also attracts about half a million visitors every year. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the past.
There are many terrific locations like there across the world where you can see the luxury and style of royal palaces first-hand. Whether you’re particularly interested in a certain royal family or just enjoy seeing huge, luxurious houses, these are all interesting options worth visiting.