Travel has always been the central theme of Urban Ghosts, from historic/unique places across the world to seemingly innocuous neighbourhood structures such as abandoned pubs, cinemas and theatres. Many places featured on this site are ignored by traditional travel publications, but nonetheless appeal to an audience far beyond their immediate location.
For the latest installment in our creatively converted chapels and churches series, they don’t come much more inspired than the Pitcher and Piano bar in Nottingham.
Disused buildings are a factor of every town and city, but entire abandoned roads are arguably the most haunting. Devoid of the purpose they were built for and heading for places that may no longer exist, these streets are a ghostly reminder of lost homes and forgotten destinations.
Methodist chapels were often simple and austere places, dedicated to the worship of God over the comfort of the congregation. But this Gothic example in Kingston, Devon, has been repurposed as an ultra-comfortable fishing lodge.
Quirky place names like Slack Bottom, Crackpot and Drinkers End are a British institution. Inspired by such rural oddities, Dominic Greyer hit the road to track down the most eccentric of them all.
As beautiful and majestic as the natural world is, there’s definitely something to be said about not living in the age of dinosaurs. Can you imagine going about your daily routine with with these giraffe-sized reptiles gliding above the urban landscape?
The latest installment of our popular Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities of the World series takes us to Antarctica, where former whaling stations and abandoned research facilities have remained virtually untouched since they were vacated generations ago.
Hotels, hospitals and schools are three institutions that rely on guests, patients and pupils to keep them functioning. Take those elements away and the buildings cannot survive for long, leaving only peeling walls and crumbling corridors to remind us of their past.
Here’s one British tradition that continues to burn brightly! When Guy Fawkes and his cronies conspired to blow up London’s Houses of Parliament in a failed bid to assassinate King James I, little did they know that they were providing the British people with a roaring legacy that has been celebrated every year since.
We’ve all heard those bizarre stories that resurface in various forms over the years, gradually becoming ingraining into the annals of urban legend. Here are five tales of the natural world that may have mundane origins, but have been extrapolated over time.
Fancy spending Halloween night in a haunted hotel? If so, here are seven to thrill and frighten. And with such classy establishments, who can blame the spirits for returning to their “old haunts” and refusing to move on?
The Christiania area within Denmark’s capital is a place both reviled and celebrated. It is a controversial community considered a successful social experiment by some, a lawless drug den by others.
Like American’s Old West, many ghost towns and abandoned cities in Oceania were once humble mining camps that became bustling communities with extensive modern infrastructures – only to fall into abandonment due to the depletion of natural resources.
What more appropriate location for a ghost town than the aptly named Death Valley? That’s where the remains of Rhyolite stand, and even today the ruins tell of a prosperous and relatively grand settlement.
In the modern world of commercialism the only real way to save ancient buildings from decay is to make them profitable. Spain’s incredible “Paradores” are an excellent example of historic buildings that have been transformed into luxury hotels, as Escapio reports.
For the first time ever, the railways that sprang from the Industrial Revolution connected distant corners of the world, and journeys that had once taken months could now be completed in weeks or even days. But nothing lasts forever, and today the railways are a ghostly shadow of their former glory.