Hotels in the UK and Ireland with incredible rooftop pools

The UK and Ireland are not known as your typical rooftop pool destinations, and yet our islands offer some of the most spectacular pools with incredible views over cityscapes, beaches, and clifftops in Europe!

We’ve scoured the two countries/nations and found some real gems that are perfect for a romantic weekend away or simply a friend’s weekend of champagne and pampering. So, pack your swimsuit and get ready to dip your feet in some of the most decadent pools in the country.

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

Edinburgh

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Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is in prime position for a weekend in the heart of the city. Surround yourself with modern luxury, including a rooftop hydro-pool providing jets of warm water at optimal body temperature complimented by the fabulous view. Sneak in early in the morning to watch the city come alive and to start your day invigorated by the fresh morning air.

sheraton-grand-hotel-spa-rooftop-pools-roomYou’ll also find an indoor pool and a thermal suite including a Hammam, Aroma Grotto, Rock Sauna and Bio Sauna. There’s also a first-rate gym as well but if you don’t put in a personal appearance we won’t judge – you’re on holiday. All the rooms are modern and follow a kind of minimalist chic, with pure white linen and elegant furniture. Choose from a castle view room or classic room or upgrade yourselves to a suite and enjoy the increased space and luxurious décor including tartan wall paper!

King Street Townhouse

Manchester

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What more could you want on a romantic city break than stylish interiors and an amazing rooftop infinity pool right in the centre of Manchester? With views over the iconic spire of Manchester Town Hall, the pool is ideal for capturing unique sunsets or people watching from on-high. Accompanied by a steam room and relaxation room, there’s no excuse not to spend hours in the spa recharging your batteries.

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The hotel is housed in a beautifully renovated Italian Renaissance building, and many of the rooms maintain period features such as high ceilings, but have been updated to include floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the city. Opt for a suite and the cityscape views come courtesy of a free-standing bath placed directly in front of the windows.

When you’re feeling peckish, head downstairs to the King Street Tavern for plenty of seared steak and red wine. If you are looking to treat yourselves go for a classic Afternoon Tea, or catch the bottomless brunch including bottomless bottles of champagne.

St Bride’s Spa

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A luxury spa hotel with a killer view over Saundersfoot Beach, this hotel features an infinity hydrotherapy pool that looks as if it simply melts into the sea beyond. Heated to body temperature, this is a cosy rooftop pool perfect for relaxing in – even on the chilliest of winter days.

The spa also features an aroma steam room, salt infusion room, herbal rock sauna, and ice fountain, plus a host of treatment rooms should you be looking for that extra mile of pampering.

swanshower, roooftop pools, st brides hotelThe hotel is home to 34 individually designed rooms, and most feature a balcony looking out across the sea. Each of the rooms are decorated in a style that recalls summer holidays filled with salt in your hair and the smell of sun cream, with light grey walls, blue accents and artwork depicting seascapes, as well as handmade wooden furniture and woven bed throws.

Canary Riverside Plaza

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An elegant 5-star hotel in Canary Wharf, The Canary Riverside Plaza allows all hotel guests access to the health and leisure club adjacent to the hotel, featuring a rooftop pool with panoramic views over the Thames and a state-of-the art gymnasium.

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Where indulgence meets comfort, every room at the Riverside Plaza comes with large bay windows to make the most of those views over landmarks such as The Shard and Tower Bridge. The rooms are designed with the ultimate of comfort in mind, meaning plush fluffy carpets, high and bouncy beds, a lavish bathroom with soaking tub and l’Occitane toiletries.

The Cliff House Hotel

Ardmore, Ireland

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A 15-metre pool facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Irish sea is what awaits you at The Cliff House Hotel. This is joined outside by a natural rock pool, a relaxation terrace complete with Jacuzzi and two stone baths, so you can take in the refreshing sea air whilst remaining warm and cosy in the water.

the-cliff-house-admore-ireland-rooftop-pools-roomsIndoors, the spa features a sauna, steam room and four treatment rooms including a couple’s treatment room for those on a relaxing romantic break. The rooms are equally luxurious, you can select a cottage, a deluxe room or a suite. The cottages are decorated in a blue and white seaside style, and offer space for up to 6 adults and extra space for children. These are a great self-catering option whilst enjoying all the perks of a luxury hotel.

If you are looking for a romantic break then a deluxe room or suite are perfect, with options including sea view rooms, or even those including a balcony or terrace. From here you can head downstairs in the evenings for Michelin-starred cuisine at the ocean-side restaurant.

The Scarlet

Newquay, Cornwall

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The pool at the Scarlet is not technically a rooftop pool, but rather a cliff-top pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows look down a crevasse to the sea below and outdoors there’s a hot Jacuzzi and a natural pool that doesn’t use chlorine, but instead cleaned by reeds. Why reeds, you ask? Well, that’s because this is one of the UK’s premier eco hotels and combines 5-star luxury with earth-friendly innovations.

the-scarlet-cornwall-rooftop-poolsOn top of reed pools and cliff-top Jacuzzis, the hotel spa also boasts a steam room, copper tub, Hammam and a Rhassoul used for messy mineral mud sessions – you can literally slather yourself in mud without worrying about damaging the décor.

Opt for a spacious room to enjoy floor-to-ceiling views over the clifftop and out to sea – this is not for the faint hearted, as you’ll also have your own balcony with seating area, seemingly over the drop.

The Berkeley

London

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A serene retreat in the heart of London’s opulent Knightsbridge area, The Berkeley hotel is home to a ‘seventh heaven’ outdoor pool on the seventh floor of the building. The pool is tiled in iridescent white and gold mosaic and the surrounding relaxation area features padded sun loungers and windows with views out over London. The pool has a retractable roof so even if the weather is less than favourable, you can still enjoy some time by the water.

the-berkeley-london-rooftop-pools-roomAt every turn, The Berkeley is luxurious whether it be the light filled Collins Room dining room where you can also enjoy the über fashionable Pret-a-portea a witty take on a fashionista afternoon tea, or enjoying a sophisticated cocktail in the Blue Bar.

Tasteful and stylishly decorated, the rooms at The Berkeley are designed with comfort in mind so that after a long day of exploring the city, the fluffy carpets and thick mattresses are exactly what you need to feel relaxed in this home-from-home.

The Ned

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London’s latest hot-spot hotel, The Ned is a converted Georgian bank right in the centre of the bustling Bank district. The hotel is a wealth of luxurious outlets and it doesn’t come more luxury than a rooftop heated pool with a view over St Paul’s cathedral. Plus, an indoor heated pool and Turkish hammam spa downstairs.

The vaulted ceilings and large open spaces of this grand building lend themselves to the grandeur of nine diverse restaurants and live jazz bands that add to the ambiance in several areas of the hotel. There’s also a secret bar downstairs in the bank vaults, which you may recognise from the James Bond film Goldfinger.

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When you aren’t gorging yourself on nine different types of cuisine or lazing by one of the pools, you can explore your seriously stylish bedroom. Decorated in a 1930’s style, the rooms include eye-catching upholstery and bespoke floral wall paper, whilst maintaining modern touches such as a rainforest shower and Cowshed spa products.

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This Company Could Turn You Into A Diamond When You Die

Diamonds are forever, and apparently so is dying now… Algordanza is a Swiss startup company that’s reinventing the wheel when it comes to memorial keepsakes made from the ashes of deceased loved ones.

The company uses cremated human remains to create memorial diamonds that can be worn conveniently wherever you go.

As it stands, diamonds are simply pressurized carbon atoms that are baked then squeezed from underneath earth’s mantle using extreme pressure and heat.

Human bodies are around 20 percent carbon which allows Rinaldo Willy, founder of Algordanza, to use a unique process that grows synthetic diamonds.

Although the service appears geared towards the upper classes, Willy claims a “diamond burial” could be less costly than traditional options, particularly with the growing premium on real estate (both for the living and the dead.)

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According to Algordanza, the process works like this, “During cremation, the majority of carbon escapes as carbon dioxide. In the ashes remain 1-5% of carbon.

In our laboratory we are able to isolate this carbon from all other substances. This isolated carbon is the foundation for the diamond growth following the example set by nature.

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The carbon solely from the remains of your loved one converts under high pressure and high temperature to graphite. The purified graphite is the foundation for the subsequent diamond transformation inside our own HPHT (High Pressure – High Temperature) machines.

A diamond starter crystal within the growth cell triggers the growth of the Memorial Diamond. It is melted into a metal alloy and does not conjoin with the carbon isolated from the cremation ashes. More diamond crystals slowly crystalize on the surface of the starter crystal.

The growth process takes weeks – depending on the desired size of the Memorial Diamond. The starter crystal is then removed from the surface of the rough diamond.”

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The Biggest Art Heist in History Still Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later !

Could Human DNA carry a message from Extraterrestrials ?

According to scientists from Kazakhstan, the human DNA was encoded with an extraterrestrial signal by an advanced ancient alien civilization in the distant past.

In a study called “The “Wow! signal” of the terrestrial genetic code“, researchers Vladimir I. shCherbak and Maxim A. Makukovfrom the a Department of Mathematics, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan and the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan respectively believe in the existence of a “Biological SETI” as they are calling it, which is a mathematical code located within the human DNA, something that cannot be explained by the process of evolution as traditional theories claim.

And all of a sudden the Ancient Astronaut theory and the idea that humans are in fact an engineered species doesn’t sound as provocative as it did in the past. Ancient Texts mention how humans were created in the image of the “Gods”, now science is a step closer to proving it.

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According to writing in the Journal Icarus, the duo states: “Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales; in fact, it is the most durable construct known. Therefore it represents an exceptionally reliable storage for an intelligent signature. Once the genome is appropriately rewritten the new code with a signature will stay frozen in the cell and its progeny, which might then be delivered through space and time.” The theory presented by the two scientists suggests the human DNA is structured so precisely that it reveals an “ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language”.

The above mentioned study has led other researchers to suggest that humans were in fact engineered or designed outside of our solar system by our creators several billion years ago, a suggestions that goes hand to hand with numerous ancient texts that speak about the creation of mankind and the creator ‘gods’.

However, this also supports the hypothesis that life on Earth is in fact the result of interstellar life being distributed across the cosmos by asteroids and comets, which act as transporting devices which seed life onto certain planets.

shCherbak and Makukov argue that their detailed analysis of the human genome shows a previously ignored precision-type orderliness in the mapping between the DNA’s nucleotides and amino acids.

In the study, shCherbak and Makukov state that: “Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language.” They say this includes the use of decimal notation, logical transformations, and the use of the abstract symbol of zero. “Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing,”

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In the study shCherbak and Makukov state there are versions of the code: “The nearly symmetric code version with arithmetical patterns acts as the universal standard code. With this code at hand it is intuitively easy to infer the symmetric version with its ideography. Vice versa, if the symmetric version were the universal one, it would be hardly possible to infer the nearly symmetric code with all its arithmetical patterns. Therefore, with the standard version alone it is possible to “receive” both arithmetical and ideographical components of the signal, even if the symmetric version was not found in nature. There are two possible reasons why it is actually found in euplotid ciliates: either originally when Earth was seeded there were both versions of the code with one of them remaining currently in euplotid ciliates, or originally there was only the standard version, and later casual modification in euplotid lineage coincided with the symmetric version. What concerns other known rare versions of the code, they seem neither to have profound pattern ensembles, nor to be easily inferable from the standard code. As commonly accepted, they represent later casual deviations of the standard code caused by ambiguous intermediates or codon captures (Moura et al., 2010).”  (source)

What theory sounds more plausible in this case? A Religious view, suggesting that a higher entity called God Created the universe and life as we know it on Earth, or that perhaps somewhere out there, in the distant corners of the universe, intelligent beings inhabit the cosmos, these beings manipulated our DNA and created mankind, perhaps in ‘their image’ as some ancient texts suggest?

While panspermia could have occurred naturally in the universe, seeding life on planets and moons, it is plausible to think about life on Earth and how it might have bee created by far more intelligent species with the ability to ‘create life’.

Could These Be The most DANGEROUS ROADS of all time!

North Yungas Road, Bolivia

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Back in the ’90s before an alternative and safer road was built, it was identified as the most extremely dangerous road in the world. Only thrill-seeking adventurers use it now, and for good reason.

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The World’s Most Expensive Billionaire Homes

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Billionaires have been trading multimillion-dollar real estate with tremendous zeal in recent years, slapping down record sums for trophy homes while quietly floating other properties in their portfolios through brokers in unofficial, off-market offerings. While the downturn paused activity in the super luxury end of the market, high net-worth buyers started fresh buying sprees in late 2010, trolling for high-end trophy property ‘bargains’ selling at markedly lower prices than their housing bubble heights or parking investment cash in prized pied-a-terres tucked inside the world’s most exclusive buildings. In fact, billionaire buying activity in the super luxury end of the world’s most expensive housing markets has been, according to a recent report from Savills, “so intense over the last seven years that it has led to a doubling of property values in this [super luxury housing] sector.”

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Antilia,-Mumbai,-India

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Owner: Mukesh Ambani, worth $21.5billion

Value: upward of $1 billion

The twenty-seven story, 400,000-square foot skyscraper residence, named after a mythical island in the Atlantic, has six underground levels of parking, three helicopter pads, a ‘health’ level, and reportedly requires about 600 staff to run it. It is the world’s most expensive home far and away with construction costs topping $1 billion.

Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-mer, France

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Owner: Lily Safra, worth $1.2 billion
Price: 500 million euro ($750 million at the time) in 2008
King Leopold II reportedly built a series of waterside homes for his many mistresses. This 20-acre estate was valued at 500 million euros in 2008, when Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov attempted to buy it. He eventually pulled out of the deal, forfeiting a 50 million euro deposit.

Fair Field, Sagaponack, N.Y.

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Owner: Ira Rennert, worth $6.5 billion

Property value: about $248 million, according to 2012 tax assessments

The industrial billionaire’s hulking 29-bedroom, 39-bath Hamptons compound has not one, but three swimming pools, plus its own power plant on premises.

Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.

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Owner: Lakshmi Mittal, worth $16.5 billion

Purchase Price: 117 million pounds ($222 million at the time) in 2008

The steel magnate is believed to own three homes on the high-security street known as Billionaires Row, including a neo-Georgian mansion near the Israeli embassy. The home (not pictured), rumored to have been purchased for Mittal’s son, was sold by hedge fund billionaire Noam Gottesman.

One Hyde Park, London, U.K.

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Owner: Rinat Akhmetov, worth $15.4 billion

Sale Price: $221 million in 2011

The world’s most expensive apartment, located in posh Knightsbridge, was purchased by the Ukraine’s richest man. It boasts a staggering 25,000-square feet, bullet proof glass and 24-hour hotel concierge service.

Ellison Estate, Woodside, Calif.

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Owner: Larry Ellison, worth $43 billion

Value: estimated $200 million to construct

The Oracle founder, arguably the world’s most avid collector of real estate, built his 23-acre Japanese-style estate in 2004 with 10 buildings, a man made lake, a tea house, a bath house and a koi pond. The property is currently assessed at just over $70 million.

Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.

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Owner: Roman Abramovich, worth $10.2 billion

Purchase Price: 90 million pounds (about $140 million) in 2011

The Russsian tycoon owns several huge London estates (not pictured), including a Billionaires’ Row mansion. Since purchasing, plans to build a subterranean extension that includes a tennis court, health center and auto museum were approved by the city. He also owns a French Riviera chateau and in 2009 spent a record $90 million on a 70-acre estate on St. Bart’s.

Blossom Estate, Palm Beach, Fla.

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Owner: Ken Griffin, worth $4.1 billion

Total Purchase Price: nearly $130 million in December 2012

The hedge fund titan purchased four side-by-side properties totaling eight acres on the ocean. Three lots tout houses while the fourth was already torn down; the entire swath of property was once used as a single estate.

Xanadu 2.0, Seattle, Wash.

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Owner: Bill Gates, worth $67 billion

Market Value: $120.5 million, according to 2012 tax assessments

The high-tech Lake Washington complex owned by the world’s second-richest man boasts a pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500- square foot gym and a library with domed reading room.

Mountain Home Road, Woodside, Calif.

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Owner: reportedly Masayoshi Son, worth $8.6 billion

Purchase Price: $117.5 million in 2012

The most expensive home sale on record includes a 9,000-square foot neoclassical house, a 1,117-square foot colonnaded pool house, a detached library, a retreat building, a swimming pool, a tennis court and formal gardens.

Further Lane de Menil, East Hampton, N.Y.

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Owner: Ron Baron, worth $1.6 billion

Purchase Price: $103 million in 2007

The investment guru snapped up more than 50 acres of undeveloped oceanfront Hamptons land during the market’s height with the intention of constructing his own home.

Silicon Valley Mansion, Los Altos Hills, Calif.

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Owner: Yuri Milner, worth $1.1 billion

Purchase Price: $100 million in 2011

Bought as a secondary home, the Facebook investor broke records with the recent purchase of a French chateaux-inspired limestone abode that touts indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom and second-floor living areas that gaze out on San Francisco Bay.

Broken O Ranch, Augusta, Mont.

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Owner: Stanley Kroenke, worth $5 billion

List Price: $132.5 million

Purchase Price: undisclosed

Thanks to state laws, the final sale price of this 124,000-acre operational ranch is undisclosed and unconfirmed. The estate boasts a 10,000-square foot main house with indoor pool, horse stables, nearly 4,500 heads of cattle, extensive water rights, and substantial agricultural capacity for small grain crops and alfalfa hay.

Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.
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Owner: Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone

Purchase Price: 45 million pounds in 2011 (roughly $70 million)

Estimated Construction Costs:20 million pounds (about $30 million)The heiress has spent an estimated $98.7 million on a 55-room house (not pictured) on Billionaire’s Row factoring in renovations that include a $1 million Amazonian crystal bathtub, a private nightclub, a bowling alley, a subterranean swimming pool, a beauty salon, a dog spa and a car lift.

15 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.

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Owner: Daniel Loeb, worth $1.5 billion

Purchase Price: $45 million in 2008

The hedge fund titan owns the coveted 10, 674-square foot penthouse on the very top of the exclusive Central Park-flanking high rise. It has been rumored to be for sale with an asking price of $100 million.

Maison de L’Amitie, Palm Beach, Fla.

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Owner: Dmitry Rybolovlev, worth $9.1 billion

Purchase Price in 2008: $95 million

Originally listed for $125 million, the sprawling oceanfront 60,000-square foot compound, bought from real estate billionaire Donald Trump, includes diamond and gold fixtures and a garage with space for nearly 50 cars.

Promised Land, Montecito, Calif.

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Owner: Oprah Winfrey, worth $2.8 billion

Market Value: $88 million, according to 2012 tax assessments

Purchased in 2001 for nearly $52 million, the media queen’s 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style manse sits on more than 40 acres, boasting a tea house, more than 600 rose bushes and an upscale outhouse.

15 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.

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Owner: Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev

Purchase Price: $88 million in 2012

An LLC associated with the Russian heiress scooped up the Central Park-facing 6,744-square foot penthouse for the full asking price, less than six weeks after it came to market. At roughly $13,500 per square foot, it’s the most expensive sale by square foot ever in the U.S.

The Manor, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Buyer: Petra Ecclestone, daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone

Sale Price: $85 million in 2011

Originally listed for $150 million, the 56,500-square foot Holmby Hills mansion is stocked with every amenity imaginable including dog grooming room, five bars, a gift-wrapping room, a flower-cutting hall with professional florist fridge, and a bowling alley.

Places in the world that Are Off-Limits

Some places are just off limits…..Here are a list of the worlds Top 20.

1. Coca-Cola Vault

It’s mostly a free world, but there still remains places which are closed to the general public. The next time you want to visit these fun locations, you might want to check with the government… or at least some local security.

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Coca-Cola was the first of its kind over 120 years ago. The recipe was safeguarded and locked into a vault in Atlanta. Tourists are allowed to tour the facility but they cannot directly access the secret recipe. If you try, you might be killed.

Okay, probably not, but you’ll definitely be arrested for trespassing. If you plan on visiting the Atlanta area any time soon, buy a ticket and give it a whirl. They have a stunning 4-D Theater with moving seats, and a 7 foot tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear to give you a friendly hug.

Feel free to sample any combination of the 100+ beverages Coca-Cola has to offer you. But don’t count on learning their secret recipe. It is forever under lock and key.

Despite the privacy measures of this vault, it’s nothing like our next facility…

2. Area 51

The famous military facility in the Nevada desert has a rich history of secrecy. Missiles, aircraft, and numerous other weapons have been developed and tested there. In the 1950’s it was primarily used for flight testing of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft.

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While it’s fun to maintain the illusion that aliens are freely roaming the grounds of Area 51, there’s no definitive evidence to suggest this is the case. Every few years a patron will claim extraterrestrial activity which always gets disproved as either a hoax or a simple misunderstanding.

Aliens aside, the mystique surrounding this barren area of land remains massive. Ever since President Eisenhower approved it to the Atomic Energy Commissions Nevada test site, conspiracy theory have run rampant. It’s like having an itch on your back that you can’t reach. You know it’s there but are unable to access it.

3. Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant, Ethiopia

Any artifact that is biblical is kept under a tight watch. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church claims it to be housed within a treasury near the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, with a simple fence in the way.

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It is believed that this Chapel contains the wooden chest clad with gold containing two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. It is believed that the real Ark of the Covenant was transported to Ethiopia via divine assistance.

Recent publications have asserted that the ark spent many years in Egypt before being sent to Ethiopia via the Nile River. In 2009, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia said he would announce the unveiling of the Ark. The following day he changed his mind, while asserting its existence.

4. Disney Club 33

You’ve heard of exclusive clubs in Los Angeles or New York, but Disneyland? Welcome to Club 33. Located in New Orleans Square within Disneyland, the facility is a full service bar with servers.

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You’ve heard of exclusive clubs in Los Angeles or New York, but Disneyland? Welcome to Club 33. Located in New Orleans Square within Disneyland, the facility is a full service bar with servers. It is believed that the place opened in order to accommodate the 33 corporate sponsors of Disneyland in the 1960’s. Corporate members have to pay an initiation fee of $40,000.

In order to enter the room, you are required to press a buzzer on the intercom which is hidden underneath a panel in the doorway. Sounds pretty stealth right? Or you can tap your membership card over an emblem, which is probably the more 21st century way to enter. Once inside, you are free to explore one of two levels. The second floor houses many pieces of antique furniture that were collected by Lillian Disney, as well as various props from classic Disney movies.

5. Jiangsu National Security Education Museum

Even if you are a museum goer, you’d better be a Chinese citizen to visit this place. It contains classified documents and equipment used for Chinese spying. Yikes!

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In case you were planning to take a camera inside, photography is not allowed within the facility. Apparently, they house a series of sensitive documents from as far back at 1927.

The only bit of information they’ve divulged? Certain exhibits include guns that are disguised as lipstick as well as maps hidden within decks of cards. Talk about sneaky behaviour.

6. Google Data Center

The Google Data Centers include rooms filled with CPUs containing trillions of bits of data. Understandably, Google keeps the public out. Only IT whizzes have access, and even then they can’t merely “hang out.”

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Limited views inside the facility are available via Google maps. While you can’t zoom in very closely, you’ll get an understanding of the massiveness of the facility. It’s plain to see how much data the center houses.

Thousands upon thousands of servers allow the company to index over 20 billion web pages each day. Chances are you won’t have enough time in your life to read all of them.

7. Bank of England Vaults

The Bank of England Vaults contain lots of bullion… lots and lots and lots. The second oldest central bank in the world is obviously off limits to the public, as it contains hundreds of thousands of gold bars.

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The floor space over this vault covers a region about the size of the third-tallest building in London (Tower 42). The keys to open the vault door are a whopping 3 FEET LONG!

The gold deposits in the vault are estimated to hold a value of 156 billion pounds, making it one of the largest gold reserves in the world. It’s sort of like its own state, since the person in charge of the Bank of England is referred to as Governor.

8. Lascaux Caves

These caves in the South of France are over 17,500 years old, from the Palaeolithic era. People had drawn paintings of livestock and other local creatures. Sorry public, you can’t soak up this kind of history, legally.

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The cave contains nearly 2,000 figures, grouped into three main categories: animals, humans, and conceptual signs. More specifically, there are 90 paintings of stags out of approximately 900 total animal drawings. One particularly fascinating section is called The Great Hall of the Bulls where many wild animals are depicted.

This cave opened to the public after World War II, but the facility quickly became susceptible to mold and uncleanliness issues. By 1963, the caves had to be closed in order to remain preserved.

 

9. Moscow Metro-2

The Russian government has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of this underground metro system. It was supposedly constructed during Joseph Stalin’s time, and parallels the current rail system.

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Allegedly code-named D-6 by the KGB, it is rumored to connect the Kremlin with the Federal Security Service headquarters, the government airport, and an underground town at Ramenki. If it exists, it could still be operated by the Main Directorate of Special Programmes and Ministry of Defence.

In 1994, an urban exploration group, the Diggers of the Underground Planet, proclaimed to have discovered the underground entrance to the rail system. Then ten years later, former Soviet adviser Vladimir Shevchenko finally confirmed the facility’s existence.

10. RAF Menwith Hill

This facility in North Yorkshire, England contains intelligence and communications data for the UK and United States. Sorry, you can’t enter.

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Menwith Hill Station opened on 545 acres of land in 1954 and leased to the United States. The U.S. Army Security Agency established a high frequency radio monitoring capability which could receive communications from the Soviet Union.

The facility continues to be used, with some individuals in an uproar that it might aid in drone attacks. Needless to say, you aren’t allowed inside.

Now let’s move on to a military facility in the desert…

11. Dulce Base

The Dulce Base in New Mexico is rumored to be home to extraterrestrials. It is an underground facility underneath the Archuleta Mesa in Dulce, New Mexico.

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Allegedly, this is a joint human and alien underground facility. Beginning in 1979, Albuquerque businessman Paul Bennewitz was positive he was intercepting electronic communications from alien spacecraft and he let the entire community know.

The site was featured on the History Channel show UFO Hunters and an episode of Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura. Some experts label is as “the real Area 51.”

Political scientist Michael Barkun chronicled how the Cold War underground missile installations in the region gave a fake sense of plausability to UFO rumors.

12. Pine Gap

This secret facility in the middle of Australia consists of a large computer complex with nearly 1,000 employees. It attempts to locate radio signals in the world’s Eastern Hemisphere, via information fed into the U.S. drone program. No surprise… you can’t go there!

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The facility commenced operations in 1970 after 400 American families moved to Central Australia. By 1999, the place expanded from two antennas to eighteen. The facility is essentially a ground control station for satellites that ascertain signals intelligence data.

On July 11th, 2013, Edward Snowden revealed information about Pine Gap’s surveillance practices. It is part of the PRISM surveillance program conducted by various United States intelligence agencies.

13. Mezghorye, Russia

You are looking at Russia’s nuclear missile site which contains the nation’s ballistic missiles. Needless to say, if you feel an earthquake in the area you know what’s happening.

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Reports have indicated that ballistic missiles are housed here which are capable of being launched automatically. This town is technically “closed” which sounds extremely scary.

Located in the southern Ural Mountains, it has been reported that there are automatically triggered sensors that can detect a nuclear strike.

14. Room 39

Sounds like a bad horror movie, but ‘Room 39’ is just a secretive organization in North Korea. Supposedly, the organization contains over a dozen bank accounts in China and Switzerland.

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Room 39 was established by Kim Il-Sung in the late 1970’s, but the origin of its name remains unknown. Some experts believe that Room 38 was merged into Room 39. But in 2010, the two were split again because of issues with foreign currency.

The organization is estimated to rake in between $500 million and $1 billion each year. Not surprisingly, it may be involved in illegal activities.

15. Vatican Secret Archives

Housed in the middle of Vatican City, these documents contain state papers, papal account books, and correspondence. Qualified individuals from scholarly institutions may apply for an entry card, but there has to be a legitimate reason to be entering.

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The use of the word “secret” in this case is more akin to the word ‘private’ rather than ‘hidden.’ Still, good luck trying to enter these premises. There are 53 miles of shelving which contain around 35,000 volumes.

Only qualified scholars can apply for an entry card into the site. They still need an introductory letter from a recognized institute of research.

16. Snake Island

This unvisited island off the coast of Brazil might be small in size, but it houses many rare and native snakes. Because they are so endangered, the island is off limits to the general public.

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It is located 18 nautical miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is approximately 110 acres in area. There is a lot of beauty and diversity on the landmass with hills, and cliffs overlooking the open ocean.

Since there are so many snakes on the island, studies show there could be as many as one snake to every square meter. Competition for resources is always at a premium.

17. White Gentlemen’s Club

Known as the White’s Club, it is the most famous and historic gentlemen’s club in England. Created in 1693, it only accepts male members who must be personally invited by a current member and then be approved by another two members. Of course, there are exceptions. If your name is Prince Harry, staff refer to you as a regular.

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The club was originally situated in Mayfair, in 1693. Yes, that was a while ago. White’s also became a gambling house in the 18th century, with frequenters being called “the gamesters of White’s.”

Facilities include a private dining room and billiards hall, with a menu including some spectacular delicacies like wild salmon, partridge, gull’s eggs, potted shrimps, smoked trout, and smoked eel.

18. Bohemian Grove

Located on nearly 3,000 acres of land in Monte Rio, California, Bohemian Grove hosts a two week encampment with some of the most prominent men in the world. Among the constituents include artists, musicians, and businessmen.
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The gathering includes an all-male membership, and guests have to undergo a screening process. After 40 years of membership, the men earn “Old Guard” status, providing them reserved seating at the daily talks.

Prestigious members who have served in the group include Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Edwin W. Pauley. Even earlier, members included author Jack London and George Sterling.

Membership was strictly limited because of the small size of facilities on the grounds.

19. Surtsey

Ever heard of a four year eruption? Icelandic volcano Surtsey blew up over the course of a four year period from 1963 to 1967, prompting major ecological changes. To this day, scientists are the only humans allowed access to the remote location so that the island can undergo natural ecological succession.

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Scientists have found that since the end of the eruption, the island has been steadily losing height. If it continues at this rate, the island will be mostly below sea level by 2100.

In 1965, it was declared a nature reserve while the eruption was still ongoing. Fast forward to 2008, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in order to acknowledge its scientific value.

20. North Sentinel Island

This portion of the Andaman Islands is home to an indigenous group of Sentinelese. If any foreigners even attempt to sneak a peak, they are met with spears at the coastline. One of the last remaining tribes on earth that is completely untouched by modern civilization, the Sentinelese want to keep it that way.

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India had administered the island as part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory in 1947. But no treaties were signed, so the island remains in limbo.

In 2005, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration stated they had no intention to interfere with the lifestyle of the Sentinelese. Populations are estimated to be in the few dozens.