With today’s travel technology, it’s hard to imagine a place you’re not allowed to visit. Yet, there are still places that cannot be (legally) visited as they are cut off for various reasons. Places such as secret military bases, forbidden islands, fragile natural landmarks, and even sites closed due to paranormal activities are off limits to regular people. Take a virtual tour with us on these 25 Forbidden Places You’re Not Allowed To Visit.
Snake Island, Brazil
Officially known as Ilha de Queimada Grande, the Island of Snakes is located off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Notorious for an extremely high occurrence of snakes, the island is the only place on Earth where the feared Golden Lancehead Viper lives. The snake’s venom is so powerful that it actually melts human flesh. It comes as no surprise that the Brazilian government decided to ban visitors from here.
White´s Gentleman Club, England, UK
Located on St. James’s Street in Central London, White’s Gentleman Club is the most traditional and exclusive gentleman’s club in London and possibly also in the world. The club was established in 1693 and has been maintaining its male-only policy up to these days. Some of the current members of this highly prestigious club are, for example, Prince Charles, Prince William, Tom Stacey etc.
North Brother Island, New York, US
Situated in New York City’s East River, the North Brother Island is one of the most famous forbidden abandoned places in New York. The island has a gloomy history. Originally established as quarantine hospital, it was home to the infamous Typhoid Mary (the first American identified as a carrier of typhoid fever) before it became a rehab center for teenage drug addicts. Now, the abandoned island serves as a bird sanctuary, and people are not allowed to visit it.
Spy Museum, China
The Jiangsu National Security Education Museum in Nanjing, Eastern China, is a spy museum known for being officially closed to foreign visitors. According to the director of the museum, the exhibited items, such as collections of tiny pistols, miniature cameras, and concealed wiretaps may be “too sensitive for foreign eyes.” Chinese visitors are allowed to the museum, but they cannot take any photos inside.
Bank of England Vaults, England, UK
Located on the Threadneedle Street in the City of London, the Bank of England Vaults contain one fifth of the world’s gold. The vaults hold an incredible 5,134 tons of gold, worth an estimated £172 billion ($248 billion). The vaults are accessed using traditional metal keys but there are electronic safeguards too to make sure that only authorized people get inside.