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Urban Exploration Links and Resources

This page presents a list of the web sites that I find useful and visit regularly with respect to urban exploration as well as a few other relevant links. 
  • Google. http://www.google.co.uk Really. It might seem too obvious to put a search engine in a list of urban exploration links and resources but as someone who works in the industry it surprises me how few people use search engines to their full potential. Google (and Yahoo! or MSN/Live) is the most formidable research tool the world has ever seen and that applies to urban exploration as much as any other field so if you learn how to use all its features it'll get you a long way further than you'd expect without leaving your PC. (Read their user guide for full details.)
  • Derelict Places. http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk  A UK urban exploration forum with a slightly broader scope than some of its competitors.
  • UER http://www.uer.ca An international urban exploration forum with a mostly north American outlook. Very useful on my trips to Canada.
  • 28 Days Later. http://www.28dayslater.co.uk A busy UK urban exploration forum with a huge archive of reports and information.
  • Flash Earth. http://www.flashearth.com  Combining the aerial and satellite photography of several sources into one interface, this site is an invaluable exploration tool for finding new sites and allowing views of the same place taken at different times to be compared.
  • Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk), Google Earth (http://earth.google.com) and Live Search Maps (http://maps.live.com). Some of the data sources used by Flash Earth, with added functionality such as 3D birds eye views and the ability to overlay geospatial data from other web sources.
  • Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/  OS 1:25000 maps from the OS themselves.
  • Streetmap. http://www.streetmap.co.uk An online mapping site that carries Ordnance Survey 1:50000 maps among others
  • Multimap http://www.multimap.com Another online mapping site with an interesting twist, this one has the feature of overlaying Ordnance Survey 1:50000 maps on aerial photographs. Zoom in, select "Ordnance Survey" from the pulldown on the "Map" button and click on the "Hybrid" button to superimpose an OS map pane on the cursor.
  • People's Map http://peoplesmap.com/ Yet another mapping site, this one with wiki-like features. What sets this site apart from other mapping sites is its inclusion of out-of-copyright OS maps, at a guess from the 1920s or 1930s. Comparing the 1930s OS map with the modern one on Get-a-map or Multimap can often reveal lost sites and site features.
  • The Defence of Britain Database (http://www.britarch.ac.uk/projects/dob/index.html) is the result of a project in the 1990s to catalogue surviving WW2 anti-invasion defences. It's not comprehensive by any means, but it's a very good place to start for WW2 sites.
  • WW2 Airfields of Oxfordshire (http://www.pixture.co.uk) A site that is only of local interest to Oxfordshire explorers, but since a large proportion of our sites here are old airfields it's a very useful resource.
  • UKMayhem (http://standingquiet.webs.com), BadgerLad (http://www.ivegota.com) and KingRat (http://www.ratsnruins.co.uk) are all local explorers with whom I have visited sites.