Debarred Places Around the Globe

Here is a list of all the places you will never be able to visit! Most of these sites are off-limits to most of us due to political, strategical or economical reasons. In some cases, you can’t visit them in order to protect either yourself, the area or its endangered species. In other cases, their existence is not even proven! If you try hard enough, you may be able to get to some of these but it will not be easy!

RAF Menwith Hill, UK

This Royal Air Force station is situated near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England, UK. It provides intelligence support to both the UK and the US. Even though it is under Her Majesty’s Government’s possession and control, it is the US authorities’ responsibility to administrate it. It includes housing, community facilities and high-technology installations. Unless you are working there, you will not be able to get in.

Mezhgorye, Russia

Mezhgorye is a town situated in the southern Ural Mountains, in Russia. It was founded in 1979 and it is a not so secret nuclear missile base. It is said to have sensors that can automatically detect a nuclear attack and strike back.

Area 51, US

Area 51 is a famous US Air Force facility that goes by many names both officially and unofficially. Its purpose is unknown but it is said that it serves as an aircraft’s testing site. Conspiracy theories surrounding Area 51 have emerged, including some from the UFO community.

Pine Gap, Australia

Pine Gap is an Australian Earth station located in the center of Australia. It is operated by both Australia and the US. It is the home of a huge number of antennas (over 200) that are said to be used to intercept satellite communications.

Zone Rouge, France

Zone Rouge means ‘Red Zone’ in English. It was originally a French 1200 square kilometers area that had been destroyed during the WWI, over 100 years ago. The French government decided to prohibit activities in the area due to the number of bodies and explosives contaminating it. Even though this forbidden area has been reduced, there are still parts that are not suitable for visitors.

Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant, Ethiopia

The Ark of the Covenant is a biblical artifact. It is a golden chest with two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Its location is currently unknown. One of the possible homes of the Ark is the Chapel of the Tablet at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, in Ethiopia. It remains a secret since entrance in the chapel is prohibited.

Disney Club 33, US

It is not that the access to the Disney Club 33 is completely impossible to obtain, it is just that it is very expensive. There are three Club 33 so far, with the original one being located in Disneyland, California, US. Rumor has it that you will have to pay about $10000 for an initiation fee and wait up to five years to get in. If you are such a hardcore fan of Disney, go ahead! You will be able to enjoy many privileges, such as access to the park 365 days a year.

Coca-Cola Vault, US

It is no secret that the Coca-Cola formula remains unknown after all these years. No matter whether you like the beverage or not, it is impressive how it’s ingredients has been kept under a veil since late 1800’s. Its written copy is kept safe in a Vault in Atlanta, US. Even though the Vault is on public display, there is a second vault inside it which contains the actual paper. Only two employees have access to that second one. Those two have to travel separated at all times and, if one dies, the other shall choose a successor within the company. Unless you work for Coca-Cola, do not expect to get to read that piece of paper!

Google Data Centers

There are Google Data Centers spread across the globe. These are currently 15 sites that keep Google’s services operating. These are obviously off-limits to most of us. You can have access to a lot of information and even pictures provided by Google in order to satisfy your curiosity though.

Bank of England Vaults, UK

The Bank of England is the UK’s central bank and was established back in 1694. Its vaults, located beneath London, hold not only UK’s gold reserves but also those of 30 other countries! It is quite easy to understand why most people are not allowed in… All that gold is worth about 142 billion pounds. 3% of all the gold ever mined by humans is held there.

Dulce Base, US

Dulce Base is said to be both a human and an alien facility. It is situated underground near Dulce, New Mexico, US. Since the rumors started, back in 1979, this location has been featured in pop culture and fiction works. It is a big deal within the UFO community.

Lascaux Caves, France

Lascaux caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the South of France. There are over 600 paintings on their walls and ceilings. These date from the Upper Paleolithic, being over 17500 years old. They were opened to the public after WWII but they were soon closed due to the contamination produced by over 1200 visitors per day. If you were able to get in, you would be able to see paintings of nearly 6000 figurines, including humans, animals and abstract signs.

Moscow Metro-2, Russia

The existence of Moscow Metro-2 is neither confirmed nor denied by either the FSB or the administration of Moscow Metro. This is supposedly a second underground metro system located in Moscow, Russia. It is said that these metro lines are still in use. There is more evidence supporting their existence than denying it.

Room 39, North Korea

Room 39 is a North Korean organization that is estimated to produce over $500 million a year. Its illegal activities may include money counterfeiting, substances production and international insurance fraud. The existence of Room 39 is indeed a fact, having been established by Kim Il-sung.

Negev Nuclear Research Center, Israel

The Negev Nuclear Research Center is a nuclear installation located in Israel. Its construction began in 1958. Today, it is alleged that these facilities are used only for atomic science research. However, there are rumors about it being used for the production of Israeli nuclear weapons.

Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, China

Officially the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was constructed between 246 and 208 BC. Even though the tomb itself has not yet been excavated, part of the Terracotta Army was. Excavations keep taking place but protection needs to be a constant preoccupation. Until further technological advancements, there is no prospective date to excavate the actual tomb.

Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City

It was back in the 17th century that Pope Paul V decided to divide the Vatican documents, creating the Vatican Secret Archives. These documents were gathered by the church over centuries. Even though the general public can’t access these, qualified researchers can apply to get access to them.

Snake Island, Brazil

Snake Island is situated near the Brazilian coast, in the Atlantic Ocean. It has an approximate area of 430,000 square meters that is covered by bare rocks, grassland and rainforest. Humans used to live on this island but no longer need to, since its lighthouse became automatic. It is the home of endangered snake species, having in the past as many as 430,000 snakes. That translates to one snake per square meter! Visiting the site is only permitted to the Brazillian Navy in order to protect its inhabitants.