Pile Gate Tours

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Constructed in 1537, this sturdy gate on the west wall of Dubrovnik’s Old Town was once locked nightly—and the wooden drawbridge leading to it was raised—to prevent intruders from gaining access to the city. More recently, the gate served as a filming location for Game of Thrones, as the site where King Joffrey was unceremoniously pelted with cow dung. 

The Basics
As the main entrance to Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Pile Gate is a natural starting point for any traveler exploring the city on foot. A stone bridge links the outer and inner gates, both of which feature statues of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint. Most walking tours of Dubrovnik Old Town pass through the gate.

Some Game of Thrones tours also stop at the gate, as well as other filming locations on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, including Fort Lovrijenac, which doubles as the Red Keep, and Trsteno Arboretum, which serves as the gardens of King's Landing. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pile Gate is a must-see for first-time Dubrovnik visitors and history buffs.
  • A tourist information center is located on the Stradun, just past the gate. 
  • Pile Gate is one of several access points for Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls. 
  • The gate has a ramp and is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

How to Get There
Pile Gate is situated in the western wall of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, and most city buses stop here. The gate is a 3-minute walk from Dubrovnik West Harbor and a 5-minute stroll along the scenic Stradun, the Old Town’s main thoroughfare, from the Old Port. Gruž Port, where many larger cruise ships dock, is about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) away. 

When to Get There 
Dubrovnik is busiest in July and August, with Thursdays through Sundays drawing most crowds. During these times, bottlenecks do form at Pile Gate, especially when crowds of cruise ship passengers arrive en masse. To avoid getting stuck in one of these, come before 10am or after 4pm.
 
The Gates of Dubrovnik
Pile Gate is one of three entrances to Dubrovnik Old Town. On the eastern wall stands Ploče Gate, which is approached via a drawbridge that—as with Pile Gate—was once raised at night to defend against potential invasions. The walled city’s northern entrance, Buža Gate is not as dramatic as Pile or Ploče, but still worth a visit. Be aware that from Buža Gate you’ll have to navigate down a lot of steps to reach the Stradun.
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Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Discover ‘Game of Thrones’ film sites of Dubrovnik on this walking tour that takes in the real-life attractions used for some of the television show’s fictional locations. As you explore the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town with an in-the-know guide, enjoy views of the red-roofed skyline you’ll recognize as King’s Landing. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Ayra Stark stood and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a 1.5-hour tour to Trsteno Aboretum, which was used as the palace gardens. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else.
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Dubrovnik Sea Kayak Tour

See the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' from the water on a 2.5- to 3-hour kayak tour from Dubrovnik. Accompanied by a guide, paddle past the city's medieval walls as you head toward Lokrum Island, leaving time for some snorkeling, swimming and snacks at a secluded beach cave along Dubrovnik's coastline. For an extra perk, book the evening tour and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of wine.
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Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls Historical Walking Tour

You can stroll down the Stradun and walk the wall of Dubrovnik but it’s much more meaningful if you know what you’re looking at. Which is why this informative and fun walking tour is a must for any visitor to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Learn what makes this UNESCO World Heritage site so amazing and special. Learn about the architecture — Gothic, Renaissance and baroque — and the history behind the palaces, fountains, monasteries and churches. Walk the high walls and get a different perspective of the city.
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Dubrovnik Old Town 1.5 Hour Discovery Tour

Dubrovnik is known for its history and architecture, but appreciating its many sights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Forget the guidebook and learn from a local on a tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, exploring landmarks including the Franciscan Monastery, Stradun monument, Cathedral of the Assumption, and more. Enjoy the intimate perspective of a walking tour as you gain insight into the city’s far-reaching heritage and culture.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour

First timers, even third timers, should not miss this info-packed walking tour of Dubrovnik. Stroll the limestone-covered streets of Old Town, or Stari Grad, with a knowledgeable guide learning the secrets behind the palaces and plazas, cloisters and cathedrals. Start the tour in the morning, the best time of day to walk the streets of the city. Go from the clock tower to the Assumption Cathedral, traversing the entire Old Town while learning about the history of the place.
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4-Night Three Countries Tour from Dubrovnik: Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Discover Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia on this 4-night tour from Dubrovnik. Explore Dubrovnik Old Town and its bevy of UNESCO-listed sights; journey through Župa Dubrovačka valley to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro; and trace the Neretva River delta to the towns of Počitelj, Medjugorje and Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You’ll enjoy ample free time to sightsee independently as well benefiting from the services of your guide. Daily breakfasts and four nights of 3- or 5-star accommodation in Dubrovnik are also included.
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Dubrovnik Old Town Food Walking Tour Including Lunch

Indulge in all the deliciousness that Dubrovnik and the southern Dalmatian Coast has to offer by taking this 4-hour guided walking tour. Follow your local foodie guide through the limestone-paved streets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled town, see the main sights and landmarks (and learning about their histories), on your way to sampling some scrumptious street food and regional snacks and drinking three different types of Croatian wine. The tour concludes with a three-course meal at a local restaurant.
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Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour

Get more for your money with this Dubrovnik Super Saver that combines a cable car trip up to Mt Srđ and a walking tour of the Old Town and the city walls. Ascend up the craggy Mt Srđ in the spacious comfortable cable car affording incredible views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic. Then descend to the Old Town and begin an information-packed walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Finally, climb up to the walls, strolling along the medieval fortifications while learning about the fascinating history of the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Dubrovnik Private Walking with Panorama

Discover why Dubrovnik is nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ on a 4-hour walking tour of the city’s historic monuments and architectural marvels. Follow your private guide on a tailor-made tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town and admire the grand medieval city walls. Walk through the landmark Pile Gate, visit St. Savior’s church and the Rector’s Palace, then tour the 12th-century Franciscan Monastery, famous for its quirky medieval Pharmacy and art museum.
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Viator Exclusive Combo: 'Game of Thrones' in Dubrovnik and Split

Go all ‘Game of Thrones’ while in Split by booking this cool combo tour. This Viator Exclusive allows you to walk in the footsteps of your favorite GoT character. Travel to the fictional city of Meereen and stop by the mountainside fortress of Klis. Then go to the real UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace. On the second day, go to Dubrovnik and get all the gossip about the series and the filming of the show. Please note: Depending on the availability of the tour, you can decide on the day and the order in which you wish to do the tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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6-Night Independent Tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula and Split

See Croatia in style by island hopping around the Adriatic Sea. This memorable 7-day island-hopping extravaganza of the Dalmatian Coast starts in Dubrovnik, ends in Split and visits a few islands in between. Traverse the islands of Korčula and Hvar, lingering in the ancient villages that are sprinkled around the islands. Learn about the history of each place. Dine on some delicious local dishes. Lounge on the beach and swim in some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean. Take walking tours of Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split, plus get hotel accommodation and airport transfers.
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Dubrovnik Combo: Cable Car Ride to Mount Srd and Old Town Tour

Get the most out of your stay in Dubrovnik by booking this comprehensive combo out. First ascend via cable car Mt Srđ, the craggy mountain that towers over the city, for jaw-dropping views of the walled medieval town. Then, head back down and go on a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik, strolling its limestone-blanketed streets and learning about the history of some of its most famous landmarks from St Onofrio’s Fountain to the Cathedral of the Assumption.
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Private Tour: Panoramic Dubrovnik Tour Including Old Town Walking Tour

Get the most out of your time in Dubrovnik by taking this informative and relaxing 4-hour guided panoramic tour of the city. Cruise around town in a comfortable vehicle, stroll the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, and then ascend Mt Srđ for an eye-poppingly beautiful view of the Old Town and the surrounding Adriatic Sea  — all while learning about the history and culture of this stunning city.
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Dubrovnik Super Saver: Old Town Walking Tour plus Sea Kayak and Snorkeling

Combine city sightseeing with a sea kayaking and snorkeling experience on this full-day Dubrovnik Super Saver that saves you 10 percent! Begin the day with a casual walking tour of the city’s UNESCO-World-Heritage-listed Old Town, strolling down the limestone-paved Stradun, the widest street in city of narrow lanes, as well as ancient churches and monasteries. Then, hop in a kayak and do some paddling in the azure-colored Adriatic, heading over to the leafy island of Lokrum. This tour is limited to no more than 20 people.
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Dubrovnik City Private Tour: Panorama of Republic of Ragusa

Get an insider's view of Dubrovnik with this informative and entertaining walking tour. After getting picked up at your hotel, make your way to Old Town, as the guide points out landmarks of interest along the way. Begin the walking tour at Pile Gate and then meander down the 'wide' limestone-clad street, Stradun, Old Town's version of Broadway, stopping at the Franciscan Monastery, the city cathedral and Rector's Palace, among others, to learn about the history of each spot.
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Experience Dubrovnik Walking Tour

Depart Dubrovnik with a sense of history and a deeper knowledge of the place with this guided walking tour of the city. Start at Pile Gate and head down the famed limestone-clad street, Stradun, stopping along the way at key points to learn about the Franciscan Monastery, the Sponza Palace, the Rector's Palace and the cathedral, among other sites. Learn about the Serb shelling that took place here in 1991 and see the incredible medieval walls that surround the Old Town.
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Dubrovnik Winter Walking Tour

Discover Dubrovnik’s ancient history and hidden charms on a walking tour through the famous Old City. Avoiding aimless wandering and let a guide lead you through the maze-like medieval streets, revealing the stories behind the city’s most important landmarks. At just 2 hours, it's a great introduction to Dubrovnik’s history that can easily fit in to most itineraries.
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Dubrovnik City Walking Tour with Panoramic Drive

Follow cobblestone streets to historic landmarks and fortifications on a half-day Dubrovnik trip that combines an old town walking tour, independent time to explore and a scenic drive along the surrounding coast. Trace a picturesque route through Dubrovnik’s fountains, avenues and plazas, then head out on your own to discover atmospheric cafes and boutiques. Get perfect views of the old town, Lokrum and the Elaphite Islands from outside of the city, then finish the day day at Pile Gate, close to some of Dubrovnik's best restaurants and sights.
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Dubrovnik Private Guided Tour of the Old Town

Get a great primer and orientation on Dubrovnik with this informative and entertaining guided walk around the walled city. Stroll the limestone-clad streets stopping at landmarks such as the Sponza Palace, the Franciscan Monastery and the city walls along the way to learn about the history of each place. At the conclusion of the tour, pick up some locals-only tips from the guide on where to eat and visit during your stay.
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