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Top 10 Places You Can’t Go

The world is full of secret and exclusive places that we either don’t know about, or simply couldn’t visit if we wanted to. This list takes a look at ten of the most significant places around the world that are closed to the general public or are virtually impossible for the general public to visit.

10

Mezhgorye

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Mezhgorye is a closed town in Russia which is believed to house people working on the highly secret Mount Yamantaw. The town was founded in 1979. Mount Yamantaw stands at 1,640 metres (5,381 ft) and is the highest mountain in the southern Urals. Along with Kosvinsky Mountain (600 km to the north), it is suspected by the United States of being a large secret nuclear facility and/or bunker. Large excavation projects have been observed by U.S. satellite imagery as recently as the late 1990s, during the time of Boris Yeltsin’s pro-Western government after the fall of the Soviet Union. Two garrisons, Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16, were built on top of the facility. Repeated U.S. questions have yielded several different responses from the Russian government regarding Mount Yamantaw. They have said it is a mining site, a repository for Russian treasures, a food storage area, and a bunker for leaders in case of nuclear war.

9

Vatican Secret Archives

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This has been mentioned on a previous list – the archives are not secret despite their names. You can view any document you wish. But you cannot enter the archive. You must submit your request for a document and it will be supplied to you. Despite the foolishness of the recent junk from Ron Howard and Dan Brown (Angels and Demons) the documents are all available and there are no copies of suppressed scientific theories or great works that were banned. The only documents you can’t access are those which are not yet 75 years old (in order to protect diplomatic and governmental information). Indexes are available for people who want to see if a document exists in the archives. The Vatican Secret Archives have been estimated to contain 52 miles (84 km) of shelving, and there are 35,000 volumes in the selective catalogue alone.


8

Club 33

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Contrary to popular belief, Disneyland has a full liquor license which is used when the place closes down to the general public to accommodate private parties. But there is one place in Disneyland that is always open to sell booze: Club 33. Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at “33 Royal Street” with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it. Fees for joining range from 10 – 30 thousand US dollars and membership comes with a car park. If you want to join the club, you have to go to the end of the fourteen year waiting list.

7

Moscow Metro-2

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Metro-2 in Moscow, Russia is a purported secret underground metro system which parallels the public Moscow Metro. The system was built supposedly during (or from) the time of Stalin and codenamed D-6 by the KGB. Russian journalists have reported that the existence of Metro-2 is neither confirmed nor denied by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) or the Moscow Metro administration. The length of Metro-2 is rumored to exceed even that of the “civil” (i.e. public) Metro. (It is said to have 4 lines and lie 50 to 200 m deep. It is said to connect the Kremlin with the FSB headquarters, the government airport at Vnukovo-2, and an underground town at Ramenki, in addition to other locations of national importance. Needless to say, the fact that no one confirms its existence makes it pretty difficult to visit.


6

White’s Gentlemen’s Club

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White’s is the most exclusive English gentlemen’s club. It was founded in 1693 by Italian Francesco Bianco (Francis White) to sell the newly discovered hot chocolate but eventually became a typical (but extremely private) gentlemen’s club. The club is famous for its “betting book” in which members make bizarre gambles. The most famous of which is a 3,000 pound bet on which of two raindrops would slide down the window first. So why is this club on the list? Women are excluded completely from membership, so that is half our audience out. Secondly, men who want to join this exclusive club can only do so if invited by a sitting member who has the support of two other members. Unless you are a member of royalty, or are extremely powerful in politics or the arts, you are unlikely to ever see the exclusive White’s invitation.

5

Area 51

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I have put this so high on the list because it is the one place most readers are likely to expect to see. Area 51 is a nickname for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base’s primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. The sign above states that deadly force can be used if people enter the Area 51 zone.


4

Room 39

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Room 39 or Bureau 39 is arguably one of the most secretive organizations in North Korea that seeks ways to obtain foreign currency for Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s Chairman of the National Defense Commission. Room 39 was established in the late 1970s. It has been described as the lynchpin of the North’s so-called “court economy” centered on the dynastic Kim family. It is unknown how the name originated. Very little is known about Room 39 due to the secretive nature surrounding the organization, but it is widely speculated that the organization uses 10 to 20 bank accounts in China and Switzerland for the purposes of counterfeiting, money laundering, and other illicit transactions. It is also alleged that Room 39 is involved in drug smuggling and illicit weapon sales. It is known, however, that the organization has 120 foreign trade companies under its jurisdiction and is under the direct control of Kim Jong-il. North Korea has denied taking part in any illegal activities. Room 39 is believed to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea.

3

Ise Grand Shrine

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The Ise Grand Shrine in Japan (which is actually a series of over 100 shrines) is the most sacred shrine in Japan. It is dedicated to Amaterasu (the Sun goddess) and has been in existence since 4BC. The main shrine is alleged to hold the most important item in Japan’s imperial history: the Naik? (the mirror from Japanese mythology which eventually ended up in the hands of the first emperors). The shrine is demolished and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto idea of death and rebirth (the next rebuilding will be in 2013). This ranks very high on the list of places you will never go because the only person who can enter is the priest or priestess and he must be a member of the Japanese imperial family. So unless we have a Japanese prince or princess reading the site, no one here will ever see anything more than the thatched roof of the Ise Grand Shrine.


2

Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center

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This is a place that is not only closed to the public, but it is a place that the public hope to never have to enter! In most “end of the world” films we see these days, there is always a highly classified area where US government officials and a chosen few get to go in the hopes that they can escape the impending doom. The Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center is the real thing. It was set up in the 1950s due to the cold war but continues to operate today. It is a “last hope” area. For obvious reasons its operations are highly classified. It is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The center is already functioning and even in small local disasters in the US, much of the telecommunications traffic is routed through it.

1

RAF Menwith Hill

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RAF Menwith Hill is a British military base with connections to the global ECHELON spy network. The site contains an extensive satellite ground station and is a communications intercept and missile warning site and has been described as the largest electronic monitoring station in the world. The site acts as a ground station for a number of satellites operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office, on behalf of the US National Security Agency, with antennae contained in a large number of highly distinctive white radomes, and is alleged to be an element of the ECHELON system. ECHELON was reportedly created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s, but since the end of the Cold War it is believed to search also for hints of terrorist plots, drug dealers’ plans, and political and diplomatic intelligence. It has also been involved in reports of commercial espionage and is believed to filter all telephone and radio communications in the nations which host it – an extreme violation of privacy.

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  • yacketyyack

    nice list!!!

    • Irene

      Ni'ihau isn't on here and it's a very exclusive and native island of Hawaii that is closed to the public. I surely expected to see that on here.

      • Leigh

        I agree about Ni’ihau. It’s owned by a family and has or had no eminities. You can see it best from the ridge around Kalalau Valley on the Napali Coast on the NW side of Kaua’i.

        • David

          Actually you can go to Niihau, they have guided hunting expeditions there, but you cant live there unless you’re native Hawaiian. I’m from Kauai so I know. The island of Kahoolawe is more forbidden.

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  • apepper

    Very interesting; and there are other places I can think of – the church in Ethiopia that allegedly houses the ark of the covenant came to mind.

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  • rex

    There is also that place in Etiophia where, so they say, they keep the Arc of the Covernant!!?

    • Junior

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  • Rolo Tomasi

    The Gold Vault inside Fort Knox (where the majority of U.S gold reserves and other valuables are contained) is also highly secretive and extremely restrictive.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but only 2 U.S presidents have been allowed inside the vault since the 1930's.

    • Mr. reserve

      Just to let you know there is A LOT more gold in the federal reserve "bank" in NY then is held in Fort Knox. Its actually the largest gold reserve in the US. and by far more secretive and restricted.

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  • Joshua

    Nice list. I know this site hates Dan Brown, but really, is he the first guy to use conspiracy theories to tell a story?

    • acc

      Key word: STORY

      • Osneily

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  • mitchsn

    Club 33 is not that expensive. My friends sister is a member. The nice thing is, a member of Club 33 can make a reservation for anyone to get in and the actual member doesn't have to actually be with the party.

    • Cali

      that has changed recently due to abuse by members. The member now has to be a part of the dining party which is appropriate. Being able to go to a members only club without the actual member takes away from the exclusivity of the membership.

  • Freshies

    Couldn't you just list North Korea in general?

    What about the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, UT?

    • Jimmer’s Girlfriend

      There are well over 100 Mormon temples all over the world and they are all accessible to adult members in good standing. With about 14 million members over the world and a standing invitation by the church to join, it really isn’t too exclusive. In fact, everyone is invited!

      • Yorla

        @Kathie Cool, I still use feedblitz for my weleky list but I will be migrating over to aweber once the excerpt issue is sorted out. Keep us posted @Karin People unsubscribe because they want the full article in their inbox, they don’t want an excerpt and a link because half the time they are not connected to the internet when they read. Believe me I go out of my way to talk to people who unsubscribe for reasons I have some control over. Some go over to the RSS reader, some leave and never come back.

  • zlorwf

    great list

  • I just love lists like these. Others would call people who come up with these things paranoid but like the boy scout motto, “Always Prepared”; it’s good to be always prepared for anything.

    Off Topic: Just listened to your interview with CBC Jamie. Always pictured you as a high pitched voice guy based on your profile photo. Not that being a bit low pitch is a bad thing. :)

  • Romanov Konstantine

    Awesome list

  • lala

    welcome back Jamie… nice list… now that you are back, hope to see more of such lists here… and too bad Christmas was not good for you… But as you said, the new year is here and things shall change from now now. keep up the good work.

  • dbrownl

    the disneyland one is different, what goes on in there, it has to be more than just liquor anytime of the day and why is there a freakin 14 yr wait list for membership??? maybe that is where the keep the cryogenically frozen body of walt disney

    • Waltsclub33

      I've been there. It's a restaurant with a gourmet buffet. (crab, lobster, shrimp, ect…). The restaurant is upstairs and across the way. It's not uncommon to see people up there if you look.

      • disneyphile

        I've been there as well. The waiting list is not 14 years anymore. It is down to about 7 or so. The membership fee is $10k with yearly dues starting at $3k. It's just a glorified restaurant with alcohol. A place for wealthy people or corporations to get away and enjoy an expensive ($70) lunch or dinner. There is a dress code but it's not super strict.

      • akshay kumar

        very nice $ wonderful list its can not imaging

  • chaos1111

    Really liked this list, Didnt know us Brits had the number #1 Item

  • Mr Scumbag

    Nice list. There were a few things here I didn’t know about.

    Not really a place people can’t go, this list reminded me of the city beneath Beijing. Fascinating stuff:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_City_(Beijing)

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    @lala (5): Thanks – I have high hopes for this year :)

  • Yogipogi

    as always.. great list!

  • Himself

    Loved it.

  • deezer

    welcome back Jamie!! sorry to hear your Xmas was crap. Still, it’s over now, so i guess you can only go up from here. Way to start that with this list. Brilliant. Thanks alot.

  • whoop

    mecca?

  • whoop

    as in, my wife went to saudi arabia.
    mecca?
    no, she went of her own accord

    boom boom

    they only let muslims anywhere near it

  • epic list

  • Manda

    Excellent list. Now I just have to plan my holidays for the next few years around breaking into these places… I mean… Damn. I have to change my identity. Again.

  • Fred

    I was waiting for the Bonus: “Home Again.”

  • lola

    Very interesting list, though I do wonder about the Japanese shrine, if it is rebuilt ever 20 years, then technically the builders get to go inside as they are demolishing and then building it again. Makes me wonder who the builders are.

  • Moloch1123

    Wonderful list, as usual, Mr. Frater!

  • The Dude

    great list and i hope to see more of your awesome lists in the future since i guess you are back to your full list writing abilities again. the next list shuld be top ten ways to smuggle yourself into these places.
    number 1 looks like a bunch of titties.

  • Atreyu3388

    Awesome list. I would love to get into the Vatican Archives…lots and lots of history in there. Be it true or false, it would still be fascinating to see some of the documents.

  • Barold

    @dbrownl (6): Just so you know, Walt Disney isn’t frozen. It’s all a big fat lie! Oh and Hitler wasn’t a vegetarian either. Another lie!

    Nice list!! Welcome back!!

  • Tarachowski

    Great list! I can’t believe that a highly exclusive men’s club has a load of old farts betting on drippy raindrops – I used to feel slighted by these “men only” places, but now I know what they get up to I really don’t think I’m missing out!

  • cyph3rlunch

    Awesome list

    I wonder if any1 that has ever worked at Area 51 has talked about it. Well they are probably locked away in a secret prison or something lol

    • CrazyGrapefruit

      They're probably secretly given brain cancer before they retire.
      Wouldn't be much of a surprise considering they let a good chunk of their workers slowly and publicly die for years from RADIATION POISONING, after they were ordered to burn toxic waste. The base officials and even higher courts refused medical treatment to all involved, under pretense of National Security. (I wish this were a conspiracy rumor… It's a well-documented tragedy)

  • WiseMenSay

    is Menwith Hill the one near Blubberhouses in Yorkshire? if so thats pretty cool, we go past there a lot. never sure what those giant golf balls were for, but we figured it was something to do with spying.

    nice list. reminded of all the supposedly abandoned London Underground platforms and lines. or maybe i’ve been reading too much Neil Gaiman…

  • Skrillah

    Quite a fascinating list indeed. However i find the description of entry #9(Secret archives) is a bit biased and therefore appeared as if the author is indirectly ”defending” the Vatican, for some reason.

    Besides that, Good job JF!

  • rain

    cool list. . .

    Another place you can’t go is the SUN. . .

  • Geronimo

    good to have you back Jamie….and such a list s a delight for the conspiracy buffs!!!!

  • Armodillotron

    Recently The Vatican released Henry VIII`s love letters to Anne Boleyn. And the things he wrote.. “I`d like to feel your duckies..” “My heart will be devoted to you alone, and hopefully my body will be so too..” And he signed the letter, “K.H seeks A.B..” It makes you want to puke.

  • kate

    loved this list :)

  • Beki710

    Nice work! Really enjoyed it. Nice to have you back!

  • Skrillah

    @ 42 The boy from troy: Well… i have to say that even though we batted well, the conditions really helped us. Thilan was brilliant but more than him i was really impressed by Tisara Perera. Yesterday was a huge day for Sri Lankan cricket, most of the analysts say that yesterday’s victory marks the beginning of a new era in SL cricket. So yes we did well.But you never know with india..haha

  • Gr8flddfn

    Loved the list, well done!

  • Fergie

    @Skrillah (47): but what about steven gerrard? he played well too. the hatrick he scored was mindblasting.but well ronaldinho was good as well but not as good as ronaldo. also the moment owen scored that cricket score the crowd jumped like hell. the analyst of “Who cares about that stupid sport of yours” says that the victory cum defeat will mark another new era in “who cares what the hell happen to your sports”. Yeah you did well but your country stinks and you never know what Krakozha will do.

  • keyshock

    Echelon sounds like it’s from Doctor Who. Think there are daleks behind that? Haha

  • JUNQUEMAN

    WOW, 55th. Some great list’s but this is a keeper–Maybe tomorrow I can make it to 83rd

  • muzli

    Did i miss something? What happened to you, Jamie over Christmas?

  • oouchan

    Awesome list! I love the shrine in Japan. When I go there, that will be one place I will “look” at. ;)

  • gabi319

    Re: Ise Shrines
    While the shrines themselves aren’t accessible to the public, they can get pretty close to the compound by visiting the Mie Prefecture. One of my art history profs was obsessed with this place. She spent nearly a whole day discussing just this one area and given that we had hundreds of artworks and architecture to go over for the semester, it was a big deal. I remember she showed us photographs of her own visit to the prefecture and you could see the whole of three shrines, albeit from a high elevation and from a farther vantage point than the one Jamie put up here.

    I would assume the carpenters “have access” to the shrine while they are building them or demolishing them. (although can it be called a shrine at that point?) One interesting fact about the building process: they use the same tools and procedures as their ancestors did with the first rebuilding and everything is done without nails.

  • vazy

    I have been in the white’s gentlemans club in London I was restoring the plaster mouldings on the ground floor. We all had to sign a contract to say we wouldn’t say who we saw in there,some dodgy things happen in there I think

  • m supposed to be studying!

    I love you, Jfrater!! :D

  • chubbmeister

    I’m with Picard, to boldly go where no man has gone before……the ladies toilet!

    (thank you, I’ll be here all night)

  • Tish

    i’ve been on menwith hill!! we call them the golf balls. i lived in a village near by and my next door neighbor worked in one of the biggest dishes, he was a technical advisor or something and their son went to school there. i went up there on a regular basis when i was about 8-11, i went shopping, fishing, and to a halloween party. i drove right next to the golf ball things, never went in one but right next to them. i remember there were armed guards on the gates and you had to show id but i went up there all the time just to rent dvds and stuff, we didn’t bat an eyelid at it!!
    why is it number 1?? i know it’s all top secret but you can go in quite easily.

  • Hikari

    Thank you for this list JFrater! Very interesting!

  • CandJ

    Interesting list,thanks
    a couple of yrs.ago ,I saw a tv show all about Disney’s club 33,seems like a great club if you can get in,which will cost $$$ big time.

  • lemonpledge

    awesome list!

  • msgsudz

    Very interesting list…and I find it funny that there is an empty baby stroller in front of Club 33.

    • disneyphile

      there are several other restaurants right there. Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans. Many people leave their strollers in that area

  • msulli222

    It disturbs me a little that the buildings connected to the ECHELON spy network look a lot like Disney’s Epcot… I always knew Disney was spying on me.

  • Taylor

    What about Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico? They showed it on Planet Earth in the “Caves” episode and access to the cave is limited to approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams, and National Park Service management-related trips. Beautiful place that none of us can go to.

  • JohnS

    What about Mecca, closed to 5/6th of the worlds population.

  • archangel

    @chubbmeister (44): I assure you that many a man has strayed into the female toilets before due to a discrepancy in signage! Great list, I shall be preparing my *ahem* plans to *ahem* break into *ahem* these secret facilities. xD

    • Livingston

      I am interested in real angels. What do you believe? I believe in tree hugging, not wearing leather and vegan behaviors. God insanity interests me. The world is sick. What do you think.

      • Jon

        wtf

  • Shelby

    Fort Knox. We know it’s there, but we will never get to see the inside.

  • Shelby

    Oops, someone already said Fort Knox. This is why you should read the comments before making one yourself. D’oh!

  • MommaDuck

    Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcoooommmmeee Baaaacckk!
    Great List!

  • Marian

    The Dude – Haven’t seen many natural breasts, have you.

  • Jocelynd99

    Welcome back JFrater! Love this list! What do you get if you join the Club 33 at Disney. I agree with the other poster – it has to be more than just liquor. Hmmm…

    Sorry your Xmas was not great. I wish you all good/better things for this year!

  • Spiff17

    Great list Jamie! I have to admit that despite a few other names rising to the top of the regular submitters, your lists are still the most consistently excellent. This list has plenty of intrigue and mystery without being based on conspiracy theories and wild speculation.

    In other news, did anyone catch the hockey world juniors gold medal game yesterday? Just wanted to say congrats to the US. You beat us at our own game. It hurt, but you guys deserved it.

  • El the erf

    Has Moscow Metro-2 made its way in here??
    Ha! Then I can’t resist but add mine to it…
    221B Baker Street.
    If any one is mulling a visit to the residence of the famous Sherlock (not the gay detective RDJr. portrays in the film)… then harken thee!
    El lets it be known to all that till the time each story of Mr. Holmes was penned down Baker Street harbored just 100 houses.
    So, no way that it could exist.

  • anonymox

    wow, I find number one interesting, especially because I my dad worked at menwith hill and i went to school there for a few years. I don’t think it should be on this list. It’s way easier to get into than any of the other items on the list.

  • Winston

    Too American

  • flamehorse

    Good stuff, Jafe.

  • atheists eat fish

    @Freshies (60): I’ve been inside a Mormon Temple. Not that exciting really. I wouldn’t rank it one of the top ten places you can’t go. The temples are really beautiful from the outside, but the insides are not that fancy. Also, there’s no alcohol (or coffee or even soda). So, I think Club 33 was a better entry.

  • Yawyack

    @WiseMenSay (26):

    Yeah that’s them. I used to pass them a lot too. I always heard (like the list suggests) that it is a top-secret site for monitoring communications as well as being a radar site. Apparently random domestic as well as specific phone calls are monitored and that they read texts that contain certain key words in them.

  • Yawyack

    @El the erf (65):

    But it does. I think a bank is there now.

  • Yawyack

    @anonymox (66):
    @Tish (45):

    I think they just mean that the golf balls is a “place you can’t go”.

  • Mike

    The title is mislabeled. I’m a British spy doubling as a Russian nuclear scientist. My 14 year wait at D-Land 33 is almost over… expect the call any minute.

  • CaptainSpaulding

    Awesome list! I don’t necessarily agree with the order but fascinating none-the-less :)

  • Trapper439

    The Ise Grand Shrine would be a great place for the priest or priestess of the Japanese Imperial family to store their old collections of dirty magazines.

    Just ‘sayin.

  • Pacha

    That club 33, really intriged me!

  • diego

    awsome list!!!!!!! congrats JFrater, you´ve done it again

  • Skunky

    I have been to 5 of the ten places listed on here although I was only able to “poke my head in” to the Vatican’s archives. Nope, they really don’t let you in. Went to Club 33 as a guest.
    Went about 30 feet into White’s Gentleman’s Club to hand deliver a briefing to a member.
    Went to Area 51 to help retrieve “something” that accidentally wnet there from our work at the NTS.
    Went to Mt. Weather for a job interview (didn’t get it).
    Stationed at RAF Menwith Hill while in the service.
    Of all of these, the Vatican Archives was the most intriguing as I only got a 15 second peek. The other four were really nothing to write home about except to say I have been there. Nothing close to what Hollywood would have you think.

    • levi

      awesome! what do you do for a living?

  • steeveedee

    From what I’ve read, only a select few have been allowed to enter Angelina Jolie’s pants. I’m sure I’ll never get in there.

  • wicket18

    I believe the Vatican does have secret documents. It would be easy to leave things off indexes, and since documents are brought to you, no outsider can really look thru the archives. Conspiracy, I tell ya.

    • Livingston

      The Vatican has secret everything. The church is not perfect.

  • Strawberry

    What about the area of Mount Ararat where Noah’s Ark is being hidden! :)

  • El the erf

    @Yawyack (71):
    But then… it doesn’t remain the same thing, does it?
    What’s the use of just being physically present ?
    The feeling, which would make the legend come alive just won’t be there y’know.
    Take Hogwarts for instance.
    They are recreating it for real I’ve heard.
    But then, it will just be another Disneyland.

  • ianz09

    Excellent way to break back into the habit! I loved this list!

    @flamehorse (68): Where have your lists gone? You’re like one of my favorite contributors man!

  • El the erf

    @ianz09 (83): GOD! Give him a brrrreak! Don’tcha know he’s upset Jamie didn’t get him the itouch?? ;)

  • laurabelle

    Cool list! I’ve only heard of Area 51 and Club 33.

  • macsmid

    Great list! Food for thought!

  • Scratch

    Interesting list.

  • @Skrillah (27): I might have gone over the top a little in trying to make sure that it was clear that the documents are not secret – the library building and storage areas are :)

  • FOMSG

    Are you shitting me? You’re number one was the only place I HAVE been in, not just me but most of my friends also. I’ve never even met anyone who has been to any of the other places.

  • @apepper (20): That is true – there is an area in the Church they don’t allow others into, but it is a small area and it is most likely the claims about the Ark are false because they recently said they were going to reveal it on a certain date and then reneged at the last minute.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Awesome list. What kind of documents does the Vatican even have? Just religious stuff?

  • namowal

    I’ve always wanted to visit club 33. The fact that I’m not welcome there probably is a big factor.

  • @Taylor (53): Wow that is stunning – I have never seen it before. For those who are curious, here is a photo of one of the many things to be seen in the cave.

  • @Freshies (60): It is possible to get visitor visas to North Korea if you are not from the USA :)

  • Handrejka

    Fascinating list I certainly learnt some new things

  • Andree

    Thanks J- I always thought the disneyland club was a nightclub. Glad I didn’t approach the doorman to ask how much the cover was! haha!

  • @wicket18 (80): That is possible of course though I tend to think that there is no reason for the Vatican to conceal documents older than 75 years as they would have virtually no impact these days.

  • @General Tits Von Chodehoffen (91): Mostly Papal documents but other things as well – you can visit their website here.

  • noclustu

    about #3.. If it’s demolished and rebuilt every 20 years wouldn’t the builders all be inside at one point?

  • kat87

    Wow! Great list!!

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  • cofi5171

    Greetings and New Year tidings from Scotland to you all. Long term reader and first time poster (on anything!) but just wanted to congratulate Mr Frater on a particularly interesting list which I’m sure will inspire further reading into this subject by many of us. Hope you and your other contributors keep up the great work for the coming year. Cheers.

  • chairmanofthebar

    I’ve been to Club 33 many times. My wife’s old boss is a member. It’s basically just a restaurant with a lot of neat old artwork and such put up. It’s expensive, though. You’ll spend at least $100 for food and drinks and you need to dress up. But it’s definitely worth seeing at least once. And you get to go to both parks for free, as long as you have a reservation!

  • mom424

    Excellent list Jamie! Welcome home!

  • Anthony

    Isn’t this all directly plagiarizing wikipedia? Nearly every paragraph on the list has text directly lifted from there.

    Wouldn’t it be safer to just provide links to wiki articles instead of copying and pasting the text here?

  • Philip

    thanks for the awesome list..so many places ill never go though..oh and club 33 isnt that secretive..heres an extensive article with photos of it

    http://www.mouseplanet.com/more/mm011127.htm

  • CaptainSpaulding

    Alright, I gave in and googled “Club 33” out of curiosity. The very first link provides everything you need to know including loads of photos and menus. Exclusive? Yes. Secret? Not so much.
    http://www.disneylandclub33.com/expandedphototourpage.htm

  • Emily

    I feel like Club 33 is also a restaurant.

  • Freshies

    @jfrater (94):

    Thanks for that info, I was under the impression that it was shut off to the whole world. I had heard of a few reporters being let in but I thought it was real rare.

  • Birdieguy

    For 51 weeks of the year, Augusta National Golf Club..

  • Lifeschool

    Hi all,

    Really good list today! I liked it a lot. Still… the words ‘tips’ and ‘iceburgs’ comes to mind. I’m glad you wrote this. I was thinking about doing something… also… but the true nature of item #1 prevents me from even thinking about it let alone the research. It’s true what they say, and if they don’t say it then they don’t really know do they? I’ve been kicked off the internet before for talking about ‘things’ – those horrible web-bots!

    No matter.

    I could also say there is no such gold in Fort Knox and thats why they don’t let anyone in – but that’s just AN OPINION! (grrr)

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    @jfrater (98): Thanks

  • Pfft… I’ve been to all those places.

  • XIII

    awesome how people think they need to be secretive about everything, like they’re really that important. they are just as human as we are, and all those secrets won’t save the world either.

  • ryan

    ise shrine should be number one. readers are much less likely to be able to visit it than any of the other items listed.

  • mitchsn

    #1 is kind of silly. Its just like any other military installation around the world with ties to national security, satellite tracking, etc. Some are in the US, lots are scattered about the globe. Of course, being a military base, access is limited. Kind of funny how that works. Menwith hills is just 1 of many.

    Club 33 started as a place where Walt Disney could host VIPs so theres alot of 1ofakind memorabilia and stuff. Wikipedia has a good description.

  • mitchsn

    PS. Most (all?) military bases have signs that state use of deadly force is authorized.

  • ants1

    The door to 33 was open last time i was at Dland, Should have done the old run in, run out trick just to say i had :P

  • dude this was awesome, thanks!

  • FlameHorse

    @ianz09 (83): I’m putting them out. I haven’t slacked off.

  • necro_penguin

    @apepper (20): i was thinking of that one too. i think they only allow the one priest entry into the place.

  • deeeziner

    An excellent read, full of intrigue and hush hush fun.

    I loved the inclusion on Club 33, as my father in law was the engineer who designed the layout of New Orleans Square at Disneyland. Alas, he passed away long before I had ever heard of the club, so I was never able to grill him about the “secret” areas involved.

    Living 10 miles north of Disneyland also put us in the neighborhood of a string of Nike missile bases installed during the cold war era. They were a fabulous site for teenage games of daring as we partied and tried to enter their boundaries. You could get IN, but you couldn’t get FAR.

    I like to think that we made the day of the bored personnel posted to guard duty. I’m thankful those guards never decided that our incursions deemed a “deadly force” response.

  • ianz09

    @FlameHorse (119): Alright man, I’m keeping an eye out for the next one

  • GuilleGuinness

    Oe JFrater: First of all great list! I will try to trespass at least of these, and give you the update (that is,if I don’t get shot or sliced up)
    Anyway, I wanted to ask you if you can make the list more smartphone fiendly, I travel a lot on train and read the lists on a daily basis, but the pages take forever to load I think is due pop ups. is thee a way tom make that better?
    Thanks!
    Guille

  • Someone

    You forgot the REAL #1: The Women’s Bathroom!

  • How do you find all of this stuff? I’m a pretty good researcher, but I am quite convinced, that if I tried to come up with a list of this ilk, I would be working on it for the next 10 months (one month for each place.)

  • Mabel

    Neat list.

    Re the Vatican archives: I love how people go so crazy over Dan Brown’s conspiracy stuff he uses in his stories; that is, people actually believe them. It’s fiction. Hello!

    I don’t think I’d let anyone in either. There are extremely fragile and valuable documents in there and they don’t take well to being shuffled about. There are procedures for handling them. It’s not your local library.

  • awesome list :)

  • Patriot

    so true #124 so true
    great list JFrater, good to have you back
    SEMPER FIDELIS

  • i love this blogg the disney one is my favorite who whould ever spend 10,00 dollars to join a club i hardly have money to eat and ima spend it on this club nooo thanks

  • @Patriot (129): ha xD umm not really because if we are talking in general OBVIOUSLY women can go there! lol

  • Scratch

    Mr. McGregor’s Garden?

  • nomeus

    not true about club 33. i ate dinner up there and had wine with my girlfriend at the time. i worked at a bank and the ceo gave all the employees an invitation we could use any time for dinner and drinks. i remember sitting near a window and was able to look down and watch people walking around the park.

  • meg

    My dad worked in Menwith Hill back in the early 80s. Also at NSA for quite a while. :)

  • fajita

    thank god, it seems we’re getting awesome lists again

  • Brian J.

    You forgot about the monastery outside of the City of Jerusalem which holds the artifacts of the Holy Temple.

  • Incitatus

    @ Item No 6: White(‘)s (only) Gentleman’s Club?
    or White[..] Gentleman(s) (only Club?
    Im glad is not in the U.S :)

  • surly

    Great list. Would have thrown Bohemian Grove in as well. Oddly a bit of nature that is invite only.

  • yumyum

    Can people please stop leaving the stupid comment of “nice list” or its variations. Please add something useful to the discussion. Thanks

  • Incitatus

    @ YumYum Nice comment :)

  • Alison

    Awesome list.

    Last time I was at Disneyland I was looking around for the “secret” entrance because I’d heard there was one in New Orleans Square. Now I see it’s no secret, it’s a door right there with a number and everything! Go figure.

  • nuriko

    cool… :)

  • Number 10 or 7 should be number one, I’d be surprised if anyone here has been to either of them…

  • surly

    @ yumyum, I loved the eloquence in which the list was written. The general meter agrees with me. I found that the photos help illustrate the words as I no longer have an imagination due to years of excessive partying. I find that any affirmation to the work put into a list is positive and be it that it may not be constructive, it still is nice to be told by one’s readers that they appreciate the work.

  • Tryclyde

    @cyph3rlunch (25): There is a physicist named Bob Lazar who claims to have worked on alien spacecraft in order to figure out their technology. Here’s the youtube video, it’s fascinating:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZKjdYLDAec

  • m-go

    Club 33 isn’t that hard to get into. Just know someone that works at Disney. Had my 16th birthday there… gratis.

  • ZibbyYamala

    i always wanted to get into area 51, SOOO bad!

    @yumyum
    i don’t get how saying ‘nice list’ is a stupid comment….. :(

  • tetrofosmin

    I’ve been in Club 33 twice, and from what I was told about it, Disney needed money to open his park. Well he got 33 investors, so he opened a club dubbed Club 33. My brother worked as a high level executive for one of these early investors, and was able to make reservations for me. You get free entrance to the park with reservations, of course it’s $60.00 per person to eat there. That was 9 years ago when I was there. things may have changed since then, but I got no super great parking spot. I had to waddle thru like everybody else.

  • kitkatkt

    i’ve been to club 33 in disneyland TWICE!!

  • Anonymous

    #10 – US Government should just stfu and mind their own business. They nuked two major cities killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people – they themselves are the ones who they should be concerned about, being a proven unstable, unreliable, negligent organisation.

  • What an interesting read! Thanks for this list. It was very insightful. I always wondered if Club 33 existed at Disneyland. I had no idea that there was a 14 year waiting list and the cost is so high!!!

  • Scott

    @Anonymous (150): What the hell are you talking about?

  • jake

    theres the main oil line that starts in greensboro nc, there are huge tanks full of oil that takes oil up and down the east coast of the US, there are white rocks that surround those tanks that get presure washed everyday, so at nite if there is a outline on them, armed gaurds can shoot someone dead on sight. its was listed at one of the top ten targets for attackes on sept 11. but its really hard to get cearence to check the place out if you wanted to…….just a fun fact, great list

  • jake

    oh and that club at disneyland sounds awesome

  • trfan

    I’m surprised Chernobyl isn’t on this list, but I guess it’s a given.

  • kitkatkt

    club 33 is awesome its very victorian-era themed …even the bathrooms! the times i’ve been there the food was AMAZING HUGE chocolate fountain…. best chocolate i’ve ever had with a lobster/crab/fillet mingion/ type of buffet plus you get free tickets to the park itself!

  • Chris

    What about places that are simply inaccessible? I think there should be a sequel to this list. Places like the middle of the Amazon, the bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean and places that are just impossible for people to get to due to remoteness or danger. Maybe I’ll write one and submit it when I get the chance.

  • Packeranatic

    What about the supposed location of Mount Sinai? I heard about it from a documentary and even though the rest of it wasnt very credible about the ten plagues the location they theorized as the actual Mount Sinai seemed very believable. The area is off-limits because it’s (Saudia Arabian?) military land.

  • Great list Jamie! Your lists are like a whiff of fresh air :)

  • McQueenGirl

    Aren’t there caves in Pennsylvania or someplace like that that houses confidential documents for all sorts of corporations? I think it also may have old docs from the US patent office. I remember seeing a documentary about them and I’m pretty sure that they’re sealed off to the public and only employees of the company who owns the cave and provides the archiving services has access. I tried googling it but no luck.

  • LIM

    hey jr farter can i make a list about the terminator

  • ianz09

    @trfan (155): Actually, it is possible to go to Chernobyl, although it rarely happens. Most people end up in Prypiat, the nearby city (Call of Duty 4 enthusiasts will know about), and the nuclear reaction that caused the meltdown is encased in a solid concrete box known as the Sarcophagus. But a good portion of the radiation, both in Chernobyl itself and in the surrounding exclusion zone, has faded away enough to allow people to enter it. However, some areas remain unsafe, and should the Sarcophagus fail (which is likely, because it was built hastily and a good portion of it is stabilized by the damaged reactor walls), the whole disaster could essentially recur, making the area radioactive once again. But according to Wikipedia, a new much more sound structure is going to be completed by 2011 which will encase both the reactor and the Sarcophagus.

  • mena

    good list! :)

  • LIM

    i got psn account and i play good at killzone 2 and modern warfare 2.IANZ 09 do u have ps3….

  • ianz09

    @LIM (164): I do not, I’m an Xbox 360 man myself

  • LIM

    what game do u have??????i got resident evil 5,metal gear solid 4,little big planet,burnout paradise and call of duty…x box 360 always spoil and come out red colour light,and that thing feel so stupid dude.why u dont buy ps 3?????????

  • Gregory

    Wow a decent list at last, prolly something to do with JFraters return.

  • Eradicate

    @137/Incitatus

    It’s called White’s, because the guy who made it had the last-name ‘White’.

  • Ruairi

    This is a great list

  • Karl

    Nice list. Mysterious….

  • Aj

    amazing and very interesting list.happy new year JF

  • nice lisy for cisco.

  • wow , i learned alot

  • mickeymousepants

    this is my favorite list so far :D

  • great list

  • zubair kaka

    great list.
    notable ommission would be the Kabba in Mecca. The little black box which you’d probably seen on tv. It is the direction to which 2 billion muslims face in prayer yet very few are allowed to enter.

  • Oni

    I am surprised that the tomb of Qin Shi Huang wasn’t included, as that would count as one of the oldest places on this list.

    One cannot enter it because it is said to house flowing rivers of pure mercury, something thought impossible.

  • Firefly

    This list got me thinking about places I knew (as in ones that are near to me) but couldn’t enter. My old university (UCD in Dublin) has loads of tunnels beneath it. The campus was built around the time of the student riots in France in the 1960s. They were afraid that type of behaviour might spread to Ireland so they made the college ‘riot proof’. One of the things they did to do so was build tunnels connecting the main buildings so that the lecturers etc could escape in case of rioting students. I’m not sure how many they built and if the whole thing is still open. The entrance to one of them was in the arts building and you could go down a little way before meeting a locked door.

    Any fellas who are still wanting to get into the ladies toilets may want to try Fibbers on Parnell Street. There are always guys in there!

  • Incitatus

    @Eradicate (168):

  • Anti-rant

    I’ve been to Menwith Hill many times – it’s just a military base that has radar.

    Jeez…

  • I am sure the list can be extended! Would be neat to read of other places “normal” folks don’t have access to. Hadn’t even heard of #2 yet, and I AM in the US! :-P

    Or places to visit for your bucket list.
    Great blog entry – I’ll never look

  • Mickey Duck

    Club 33 isn’t that hard to get into, if you know the right people. Some businesses (such as banks) have accounts with Club 33, and reservations can be set up through the designated account holder (usually someone in HR). I’ve been there twice. it’s all right.

  • ianz09

    @LIM (166): Well I don’t get a PS3 cause frankly, I’m strapped for cash anymore, otherwise I’d gladly pick one up. BUt I’ve had my 360 for 2 years now, and I have yet to get red ringed. I’ve got Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, GEars of War, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Rock Band 2, and Bioshock. All excellent titles, I’d say.

  • oouchan

    @LIM (166): & @ianz09 (183): I don’t have a XBOX 360 but here is what I do have:
    XBOX (original)
    PS3
    PS2
    Wii
    Sega Genesis
    Game Cube
    Super Nintendo
    Original Nintendo
    Atari
    DS Lite

    Can you tell that I like video games? :)

  • jneen

    hello!
    i think that the kaaba (mecca, KSA), the black thing muslim people turn around while praying, should be added to that list because:
    1) christians can’t go to mecca.
    2) no one is allowed to ever enter it.

  • ianz09

    @oouchan (184): An impressive lineup, no doubt, but you are missing a crucial piece of machinery: Nintendo 64. I love my 360, I enjoy my PS2, but my single biggest mistake was allowing my parents to sell the N64. That was my first game system ever.

  • Wow what a list its all exciting, makes me just want to see all those places all the more now….we always want to go where we should dont we?

  • Zizzy

    The location of Mount Weather is well-known to most everyone in the Washington DC area. Its outside of Berryville, VA (near Winchester). At the time it was built, Berryville was considered rural, and it was far from the hustle and bustle of the national capital, but now its just part of Northern Va’s ever growing suburban sprawl. As such it doesn’t offer the safe retreat it once did, but still has practical use as mentioned in the above and other articles.

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  • maximus

    awesum list!

    mind you, can’t say i agree with no.1 or 2, i mean, come on… an raf base just off the a59 skipton road, is the most secret place in the world!

    i could probably get a job in those places if i really tried, which sounds easier than getting inside freakin area 51 or marrying a japanese princess..

    again awesum list though..!

  • bernard dominique

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  • maximus

    at the end of raiders of the lost ark, the large secret facility where they stashed the ark..

  • lol
  • nick70

    Disneyland included? Really?

    It cannot possibly be an exclusive place if anyone can pony up some cash and wait 14 years…. and I am betting that the wait isn’t quite that long anymore.

    Finally… could there be a tackier club membership… perhaps you get there on a mobility scooter while eating nachos and sipping a 70 oz. coke.

  • Ken Jacobsen

    you forgot to add the Coptic Temple in Axium Etheopia that ostensibly houses the Ark of the Covenant!

  • FATSEXY

    Yes, that temple has been mentioned in a few replies, and it’s the first place I thought of when I saw the list title! Great call, Ken Jacobsen!

  • canuck

    I haven’t read through it all, but I must say, as for the ladies toilets, at the univesity here they have the bathrooms on two of the floors backwards (like Mens on the left on one and on the right on another) and I have messed up at least ten times. I don’t know who designed that but I bet they had a maniacal laugh when they were done.

  • I would love to visit any of these forbidden places

  • Steve H

    How about the London Tube System’s decommissioned lines.

    http://www.fictionalcities.co.uk/tunnels.htm
    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/printthread.php?t=237184
    http://underground-history.co.uk/front.php

    Or, the tunnels that were used as bomb shelters in WWII and later by BT? The entry to one of them is on Furnival St (east side of the street). If you get thirsty looking for it, it’s near the Castle pub. Well, okay, if you are in the market for unique fixer-upper opportunities, it probably isn’t so secret…

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/28/business/tunnel.php
    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/11/26/business/1128-TUNNEL_index.html
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbcworldservice/sets/72157608110583848/

  • superbloop

    Great list

  • AuthorityFigure

    What about the place where thet keep the internet?

  • Alicia

    @AuthorityFigure (201): Oh, psh. That’s just on top of Big Ben. No big deal. :P

  • trfan

    162: Wow, I didn’t know you *could* visit Chernobyl. :o

  • Joe Blackk

    Phhhhhh! I don’t care if I can’t get into any of these places, sounds like places where lames hang out. I don’t even care. I know of more awesome places. You don’t even know!!…. Lmao.

  • jim

    I think that you forgot to mention the underwater palace in the Caspian Sea, said to be a secret headquarters for the country of Azerbaijan where they perform various dangerous sub-atomic tests.

  • tom

    I would add:

    The secret subway system(s) to get the President and congress out of DC. These are located under the main DC subway with side connections to the white house & congress.

    The nuclear proof control bunkers for AT&T, MCI & Sprint. These carriers supply (or supplied in AT&T’s case) telecom services to the US government (military, white house, etc.) and are required to have survivable facilities. Good luck finding them.

  • Manticore

    heh. the Echelon…

  • Cool

    Agree with #80 – Mount Ararat I was expecting to see.

  • calm_incense

    What’s with the last two weirdos?

    Though, I suspect “they’re” the same person. Still a weirdo.

  • Your lists never fail to interest me J. :D
    Great list!

  • Avriel

    Great list, I probably will never visit most of these sites. Except that is for number 1. Ive been there already! Not in the “operations and monitering” centre but in another part of the base

  • Honto

    Great list!

    I have been inside the base at Menwith Hill.

  • Robert W

    Niihau, Hawaii

  • Trazz

    well done – how do you find these places? you must have good research skills! as an aside story: I once got into Sudan by hiding on the top of a car on a freight train coming from Aswan (Egypt). Short story – got caught and escorted out, with a little help from my embassy along the way. not really recommended…

  • tophat

    “the archives are not secret despite their names. You can view any document you wish. But you cannot enter the archive. You must submit your request for a document and it will be supplied to you.”

    If you have to request the document, then you must know of its existence beforehand. You can’t enter and browse the archives. That’s de facto secrecy.

  • htmrov

    Club 33’s 14 year waiting list is now closed to new additions. You get valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel, instant FastPasses for any E-ticket ride (no timestamp), access to the Lilly Belle Presidential Car caboose on the train, discounts at all Disney shops and restaurants, invitations to special events (like Candlelight and new attractions) and probably the best food you’ll ever eat anywhere, oiften next to movie stars and politicians. Disney employees are not given access to the Club.

  • Bibi Mukherjee

    one of the coolest lists seen in a long time.. I am sure there are many more such locations where public viewing is a taboo

  • F

    @ Anthony (103)

    You’re right. Some of this has been directly lifted from Wikipedia, unless he wrote the Wikipedia articles.

  • Yash

    Great List !

  • claire20

    i was hoping famagusta might of been on this list

  • norkio

    I must say that while Club 33 is exclusive, it’s not completely closed only to members. Say for instance a business has a membership, they can invite employees who don’t have a membership to enjoy a meal and a visit to Disneyland. So, people like my mom have gone – multiple times. It’s not just for movie stars and corporate big wigs.

  • peacefultoker420

    lol, I’ve been to Menwith Hill to play those guys at baseball!!

  • The Brain Cell

    If the Ise shrine is rebuilt every 20 years and only the imperial family, etc is allowed in, who are those who rebuild it?

  • headtofoot

    Im on the next train to visit this list, fantastic.

  • Seagull

    Another place that is hard to get into is Hanger 19 at Andrews AFB. It is where they Keep the two VC-25A’s (SAM-28000 and SAM 29000) that are used by the President of the United States when he travels.

  • forgot to remember

    the us capitol sub basement

  • Mrs. Antichrist

    Interesting list.

  • Untit1ed

    Well Metro 2 is not secret anymore. It is confirmed and moreover partially opened to public.

  • Lucky Eddie

    The Vatican Secret Archives aren’t really secret? Says who? The Vatican! Whether you believe them or not is up to you.

  • ragingredneck

    Just noticed something. I was using stumbleupon when I found this guys blog. Not sure if he is affiliated with you or the site or anything but both of you have surprisingly similar lists.

    http://www.dreyx.com/2010/01/top-10-places-you-cant-go.html

  • Groovymarlin

    Mount Weather is definitely not a secret. I believe it has been decommissioned as an emergency government site, but FEMA is still doing work there. There are many employees from several different federal contractors who go to work there every day. It’s pretty mundane, actually.

  • cthulhu

    “The shrine is demolished and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto idea of death and rebirth (the next rebuilding will be in 2013). This ranks very high on the list of places you will never go because the only person who can enter is the priest or priestess and he must be a member of the Japanese imperial family.”

    So, who rebuilds it? The priest or priestess flying solo?

  • Mon Acosta

    I wonder why DMZ was not included in the list.

  • Jeff

    Future list might include Oranjemund, Namibia. It is a company town owned by DeBeers, and the entire area all around it is restricted because of the abundance of diamonds and diamond mines.

  • kertamen

    http://www.dreyx.com/2010/01/top-10-places-you-cant-go.html Someone from another site stole this list, almost verbatim.

  • nicoleredz3

    Club 33 has me the most intruiged!

  • Snooker

    Menwith hill is about as hard to get onto as any military base. Like all military bases, there are some places civilians and uncleared can’t go. We have a school, grocery store, bowling alley ect. It’s a normal military base that makes people curious because of the golf balls.

  • Dark Fist

    I’m going.

  • Kai

    ‘lo there!

    I’d have expected to read Gruinard Island on the list but then I realized you could indeed go there … but probably never return, since Anthrax Bombs were tested there in 1942 and the official decontamination is still doubted :)

    conf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruinard_Island

    regards

  • KayTee

    Ron Howard and Dan brown haven’t created foolishness or junk. In fact, your knowledge of the Archives is probably not as great as Brown’s, due to the research required to write the book. I cannot take your word on that entry.

    “You can view any document you wish” is most likely an exaggerated statement as well. You would need very good reason to view most documents housed there. I bet more people’s requests get denied than accepted.

  • Kinami

    Interesting list!

    Just a technicality, but you actually can enter Ise Shrine. There’s a large park-like complex with tons of other shrine buildings, you just can’t go in the main one. I visited there once – it’s beautiful!

  • Nunya

    Wow, even Wikipedia knows where Mt. Weather is…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Weather_Emergency_Operations_Center

  • DVL

    If the Ise Grand Shrine in Japan is destroyed and rebuilt every 20 years and the only person allowed in is the high priest/priestess who is a member of the royal family who does the rebuilding?

    Anyone can destroy easily enough but rebuilding is work.

  • Dave

    Number 1 – Osama’s asshole.

  • Stewart

    I went to FEMA sponsored radiological training at the Mt. Weather facility back in 2003. They don’t hold it there any more, and I didn’t get to see the ultrasecret part of it.

  • wolfrock

    good list, but you’d forgotten “the holy of the holiest” in Jerusalem.

  • swissknifev

    I guess the only lucky guys who get to see all these mysterious places are the heads of their respective states.
    I love the eerie feel of that U.S.base ( Area 51). It’s the simplest place of all but seems like the deadliest. It simply warns of a deadly force that can be used if someone tries to trespass. I have read stories about the U.S. and Russian air forces spotting strange alien entries. They don’t disclose it to the public. Another place that no one is allowed to enter are the deadly underground catamarans in Paris. Scary. They have hundreds of miles of multi-level tunnels that go deep into a maze. They were grave yards for 1000s of dead bodies. Anyone who gets inside rarely comes out. The French government has sealed the place.

    Great list.

  • deeters

    No ziggurat of Ur?
    You can’t exactly waltz on in there.

    Nice list though!!

  • Murfle

    http://www.dreyx.com/2010/01/top-10-places-you-cant-go.html

    I believe this article has been stolen.

  • rouxlas

    its a very nice list but i believe that if “mount athos”or “holy mountain”(agion oros in greek) ever come to your attention you will concider this list’s no1 place. since 1046!!!!! no women are allowed there till nowadays and even E.U. cant do anything about it.the reason is simple and stupid: because this place 350km2 is dedicated to monachism women are not allowed there because the monks will be tempted!!!!!and yes, in 34 years it will be a full 1000 (ONE THOUSAND)years that women are banned from there.
    i’d appreciate a comment if you concidered this place while doing this list. thanx

  • Gautam

    You forgot Mount Kailash, which no one can climb because it is supposed to be the abode of lors Shiva

  • katerinaelaena

    The governments around the World obviosuly ahve many secrets to hide form the public…

  • pinko

    great site, just found it today but i can’t stop reading the lists lol

  • shafiislam

    What about the Kaaba in Al-Masjid al-?ar?m at Saudi Arabia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaaba its the most highly secured place in the world. Three million pilgrims simultaneously gather to circle the building on the same day but no one in the world is allowed in it.

  • bigal

    reference to menwith hill.
    i have been on the site, as an electrician (fitting their air con) though only in the canteen not i the classified parts.
    security was crap!!!!!!!!!!

  • unitedhybrid

    The Disney Land one, that one you CAN see and get served if you have a meeting with the company you worked with. That was the cool thing about being a manager for Arby’s at the time. For those of us that were legal to drink, we got a free drink from them. They also have an auditorium in that club which we got to use as well. I guess their “membership” is only night time or certain days? The rest of the time they rent it out? Sure, you’re not joining the club. But that’s overrated anyways.

  • Y.P.

    I hate not being allowed into places. I especially hate that gentlemen's club (b/c it's discriminatory) and club 33. I knew there was a reason I didn't like disneyland!

  • jess

    ive been to club 33 twice :)

  • John Doe

    I'm afraid this list is a fail. I indeed have been to RAF Menwith Hill and have been inside the operations building. They do have a rather nice cafeteria for an RAF facility.

  • Soendoro Soetanto

    Great list and info. Thanks.

    Soendoro Soetanto

  • karla chavez

    awsome list sux i cant go to all those places

  • silversmoke

    Too bad Room 39 attracted the attention of some seriously frighteningly powerful people.If N.Korea thinks they're going to be allowed to continue their stupid little games for more than five more years,they're in for one hell of a surprise.
    It seems that Kim-jong-what's his face has pushed some people too far…and these people think N.Korea would be best turned into a massive stripmall.
    Remember his latest health issues?
    That was all a 'gentle warning' from these scary people,a little of this,and a little of that,one in his drink and another in his food…whammo,instant stroke,but nothing one cannot recover from.
    This is no conspiracy theory,he's managed to seriously upset some very,very powerful and phenomenally wealthy people…the kind that buy and sell little companies like Microsoft and Apple like trading cards.
    I used to work for these people,and I'm ecstatically happy that I'm not between them and Kimmy-jong-il…but I'll be just as happy to watch from the sidelines as they take away his bank accounts and make it impossible for him to do anything beyond throw the temper tantrums he's famous for…seriously,three years ago in China,he threw a fit just like a 3 year old when he was told the area was under strict curfew for the entire week and he couldn't leave the hotel.
    He also expected us to speak Korean,he can't even ask where the toilet is in Cantonese!!!
    I would call him an idiot,but I understand there is a minimum standard one has to achieve to be considered an idiot–which he hasn't managed yet.

  • Number 4 is room 39. is it not called room 39 because it is located along lattitude 39?

  • the mick

    well, your number one entry may not be the only place of this nature…
    In Australia, there is a region called Pine Gap. It is in the middle of nowhere (google it)
    There is a U.S. base there that looks like the number one entry on the list.
    Access, as far as i know, is restricted on par with Area 51 in the States.

    As for what goes on in there…Well, if memory serves me correct, a former Prime Minister (Gough Whitlam) told the yanks to pack up and go. Two days later, he was overthrown (ejected, sacked) by the Govener General. (and this was a Prime Minister that, if you asked most Australians, he was the most loved)…
    Go figure…

    And lets not start talk about missing Prime Minister Harold Holt…

  • nato2101

    Your comment about the Vatican archive is unfounded, you claim people can see any document, and that there are no hidden/special documents in the archive. Yet no-one may enter. So if only those who work for/in the library can see the documents that are actually inside how do we know such documents don't exist?
    All we have is their word for it, and given the many other things the church covers up this is pretty minor and not unreasonable to assume there is something else in there.

  • VVN

    I’ve eaten at Club 33 – got invited as a guest of a friend who’s company had a corporate membership. It’s really nice.

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  • Soendoro Soetanto

    Nice list. Maybe one day I could visit them :)

    Soendoro Soetanto

  • Guest

    Ive been to menwith hill, I still live close to there. I know someone who used to work there, and regularly had lunch there, I was only about 5 at time, so I can't remember too much, but what I do remember is they have really nice jelly, and I remember how the car used to be checked for bombs sometimes. The most recent time I went there was still quite a while ago, I was in my teens, and there were quite a few protesters at the enterance.

  • LaurenGod

    Driven past Menwith looooads of times. When I was a kid, and i'd just learnt to read so was reading everything, I asked my mum "What are those Menwith balls?". Been brought up in many conversations just for my humiliation lol.

  • Easy

    I would suggest also a shrine in Axum, Ethiopia where they claim to have the Arc of the Covenant to be kept. The site is prohibited to enter, the only person who can do it is a keyholder.

  • Kyle

    I used to live on Menwith Hill, trust me its not that too exciting and just about any U.S. Military personal can get on it. Plus it may say "RAF" But the british have about absolutely nothing to do with it other than MOD to secure it, and contractors that help keep it maintain such as janitors and construction workers or repairing. The NSA, U.S. Military and American contractors run it. This is the most stupidest shit I have ever heard of.

  • MrBuxton

    You used to be able to go onto RAF Menwith Hill. I was at RAF Alconbury and we used to go to Menwith Hill for sports. Although you can no longer go to RAF Menwith Hill as it has ceased operation.

  • col

    I'm going to get into all of these places.

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  • s.rahman

    i like the top ten list

  • anon

    How about the Kaabah?

  • Livingston

    World's welfare interests me. Ex's Royalty. looking to connect with brains.

  • Jacob

    I was at Menwith hill when I read this list. Find some sources before you make another.

  • Jacob

    FIX THE LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Area 51 should be below menwith hill. I’m there right now(as in M.H.)

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  • Aubrie

    This should be the #1
    The room called “Holy of Holies” inside the Salt Lake LDS Temple. There is only ONE person in the entire world (at one time) who can enter this room. PERIOD. The Prophet of the Church (Currently Thomas S Monson) is the only one who enters this room. The door to this room doesnt even look like a door and is covered by a very large potted plant. There are two fake doors on either side of it too, so it just looks like 3 fake doors with plants in front. Very Cool! Salt Lake Temple is the only Temple (of the 130 worldwide) that has a “Holy of Holies”.

  • Jamie

    I have been inside Menwith Hill. I'm a HGV driver and delivered stone inside. I had to have my passport and written permission to enter. I was escorted at all times. I had my phone, watch, laptop and all other electrical equipment confiscated until exit. You also have to drive on the right hand side of the road and you can't even go to the toilet by yourself. Obviously I wasn't allowed underground, only on the surface.

  • rallierf1

    We have those radars in Cyprus and they are HUGE!!!!! they can be seen from miles away and even sometimes on a good day and on top of a high building with binoculars from Nicosia too

  • Victor

    It's incredible that Club 33 made the list! We love the old place and have been going for a number of years. Funny how Walt's creative mind continually impresses and intrigues us all.

  • Manzurul Hassan

    You have put RAF no1 in every no body can enter the military base it’s no only RAF i think no 1 is MAKKAH & MADINA in saudiarabia where non Muslim can’t go what do you say

  • Travis

    Dude, I lived at Menwith Hill for THREE YEARS. It’s really not all that. I went on a school field trip inside their base of operations and the radomes. Neat place, but not all its cracked up to be. Don’t try and break into it, though, or you WILL be shot and/or arrested. they have every single inch of that place covered w/ cameras

    • Julia

      Was is Mr Hasselbring who took you on a field trip inside the Radomes? Man, I miss him. He gave the entire senior class $5 when we graduated. He was such a cool guy.

    • Alex

      “Shot and / or arrested” I know what you mean but I can’t help thinking of some guards shooting a person dead THEN arresting them. XD

  • Scotter

    I’ve been to club 33. twice.

  • cynicalgenius

    By definition, aren’t super-secret and other fantastically exclusive places supposed to remain unknown?

  • Jim

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  • Julia

    I actually lived on RAF Menwith Hill. In fact, I graduated from high school there. I knew it was pretty restricted, but I had no idea it was more restricted than Area 51…

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  • erin

    i can only see the one pic

  • Leedsinator

    I actually live really close to Menwith Hill so i was surprised to see it number one on the list. Every time I go passed the place it gives me a shiver. You can’t see nobody inside the whole parameter. Also the domes are humongous. They look a lot bigger than what you can interpret from the picture.

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  • ONE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU

    Who cares about that place. If people can’t enter it, fine than ! That place can’t be bringing till dead into grave.. When we died, all thing we will leave behind. So the conclusions are, Better fine the place we can go, many interesting place we can go for holiday than the above place. Goodbye Everybody! Just ignore that place OK !

  • I am surprised that the Pentagon is not listed……

  • Heather

    I feel sorta proud that I’ve actually been to one of these places! I had a friend who’s husband worked in 33. So, we had Easter brunch there a few years ago. For something so hard to get into… no one’s really missing out. It’s just like every other place inside Disneyland.

  • Robert W. I used to work at The Bishop Museum in Hawai’i from 1991 – 1993 as the Purchasing Agent there and if you are a Native Hawai’ian, with special permission (say you live in Kaua’i or Lana’i etc.) you can travel there. AND if you are a scientist, which The Bishop Museum is loaded with, they can also obtain papers to go there

  • Yes David your right. I used to work at The Bishop Museum from 1991-1993 and was the Purchasing Agent there. With proper paperwork and are a scientist (which the Museum had many) then you would be allowed to go to Niihau.

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  • Josh

    i went to menwith hill today as i live quite close to it, i went there for bowling

  • C0gentman

    What about the Ethiopian shrine that is said to possibly hold the Ark of the Covenant? What about the burial site of the first emperor of China (Jin, I think)? What about Skull and Bones in Yale? Not sure if these apply to your list. Maybe you can make a second list for several more forbidden areas.

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  • Alice

    Nice, i always wanted to go to Area 51 but i know thats not possible, but however its ridiculous that we cannot go to some of these places.. rights are takien away from us…we live her to.. you have to always always work for the goverment to go somewhere or do something.. they are hiding so much from us, something is seriously getting hidden and i think we should know about it.

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  • Cody C

    Considering I, no one of importance, lived for 11 years on RAF Menwith Hill simply because my mother worked there, I feel as though you have over-ranked it significantly.

  • Jonny Rocketta

    I would replace Menwith Hill with “Gold Base” for Scientology outside of Hollywood, CA. The reason I say that is cuz I went to HS on Menwith Hill… it’s really not that secretive. No more secretive than an nations military installations. And after reading all the Tom Cruize divorce mumbo-jumbo that “Gold Base” place seems awful!