House of the Dragon, like Game of Thrones before it, is known for its stunning filming locations.
House of the Dragon was filmed in Spain, Portugal, and on the stunning coast and beaches of Cornwall in the UK. Here we take a look at the different locations in Cornwall that appear in House of the Dragon and how to find them.
Overview of House of the Dragon Cornwall locations...
Holywell Bay is a wide sandy bay on the North Coast of Cornwall, not far from the popular surfing resort of Newquay.
The view from the beach is distinctive as two large rocks, known as ‘Gull’ or ‘Carter’s Rocks’, sit just 500 feet from the headland on the South side of the bay.
These rocks make Holywell instantly recognisable, and in addition to House of the Dragon Holywell was used as a location to film Poldark and the James Bond film Die Another Day.
Holywell Bay is named after the holy well that can be found in Saint Cuthbert’s Cave at the North end of the beach. If you go looking for the well be careful though, as the cave is only accessible on low tides.
The bay is surrounded by common land and is backed by sand dunes that extend to 60 feet high. It is managed by The National Trust.
Which episodes does Holywell Bay appear in?
Holywell Bay is the setting for Stepstones. We first see it in in Episode 1, The Heirs of the Dragon, as the background to the punishments being inflicted on sailors by Craghas 'The Crabfeeder' Drahar.
In Episode 3, Second of His Name, Holywell Bay is where the War of the Stepstones takes place. Specifically, where Daemon Targaryen launches his own offensive against The Crabfeeder and his pirates.
Holywell figures heavily in episode 7, Driftmark. It is the location where Princess Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon walk along the beach in the moonlight, and where Prince Aemond wakes and claims the largest dragon Vhagar.
How to find Holywell bay?
Where to park?
Parking is at the National Trust Car Park which is a short walk from the beach.
Kynance is famous for its beauty, and is one of the most ‘instagrammable’ beaches in Cornwall. Its white sand, turquoise waters, and rock stacks make it look both dramatic and idyllic.
Kynance Cove has been a destination for visitors since the beginning of modern tourism, in the Victorian era. It is one of the most photographed and painted beaches in Cornwall, and said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The cove is located on the East side of Mounts Bay, and on the West Coast of the Lizard Peninsula (the most Southly point in the mainland UK). It has been used as a filming location for Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the television series of Poldark, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Warning: this location is very popular with visitors - there is limited parking, and at high tide almost no beach at all, so plan your visit very carefully to avoid disappointment.
Which episodes does Kynance Cove appear in?The cove features in the show as the backdrop to the Valyrian Camp in Episode 3, Second of His Name, as they prepare for the War of the Stepstones.
This is where Prince Daemon Targaryen recieves the message from his brother, King Viserys Targaryen, that he will send reinforcements to aid him. It is this message appears to enrage Daemon and spur him into launching his solo offensive against the Pirates.
How to find Kynance Cove?
Where to park?
- National Trust Kynance Cove
- National Trust Trip Planner
- Visit Cornwall Kynance Cove
- Aerial Gallery of The Lizard
St. Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount is a tidal island found in Mounts Bay on the South Coast of Cornwall. The island is home to a Castle with rugged and beautiful gardens, a village, and a harbour. The Mount is one of the most photographed and painted landmarks in Cornwall
At high tide the island is completely cut off from the mainland except by boat, but at low tide it is linked to the town of Marazion by a stone narrow causeway. If you’re visiting then we recommend a walk across the causeway at low tide, and then around the village and gardens. At high tide it is possible to take a tour around the island by boat.
In addition to House of the Dragon the Mount was used as a filming location for the 1979 adaptation of the film Dracula, and for numerous television series of the Rosamunde Pilcher novels for German television.
Which episodes does St. Michael’s Mount appear in?
In Episode 5, We Light The Way, Saint Michael's Mount is used as High Tide on the island of Driftmark, the ancestral home of the Velaryon family.
It is also the main setting for episode 7, Driftmark. The majority of the action in this episode takes place either in the grounds of St. Michael's Mount, or in the castle itself.
At the beginning of the episode the grounds of the Mount provide the setting for the funeral of Lady Laena Velaryon. Later, having claimed the dragon Vhagar in the dunes at Holywell Bay, Prince Aemond flys the dragon over the Mount and lands in its grounds. Finally, the 'death' of Ser Laenor Velaryon is staged in the castle.
How to find St. Michael’s Mount?
- National Trust St. Michael's Mount
- Visit Cornwall St. Michaels Mount
- Aerial Gallery of St. Michael's Mount
- St. Michael's Mount No Fly Zone
More Information On House Of The Dragon And Cornwall:
- Cornwall Live: House Of The Dragon Behind The Scenes Pictures
- Daily Mail: Cornwall To Face Influx Of Visitors
- Euro News: House Of The Dragon Filming Locations
- Cornwall Live: Where Is Hightide And Driftmark In Cornwall?
- Cornwall Live: Surge Of House Of The Dragon Fans