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Visiting a subway station is a chance to experience history, up close and personal.
Visiting a subway station is a chance to experience history, up close and personal.

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Abandoned subway stations you can visit

They’re called ghost stations: abandoned underground subway stations that time has seemingly forgotten. That’s changing, though, as city dwellers rediscover the world beneath their feet.

Clapham South Station, London

The oldest underground network in the world has more than 40 disused stations. Most are closed to the public, but every so often London’s Transport Museum offers tours. In October, it’s Clapham South, where Londoners sheltered during the Blitz of World War II. Plans are underway to develop some of the stations, with an underground garden already in place.

Clapham South Station

Balham Hill, London

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Cost: £30

Dupont Underground, Washington DC

Closed since 1969, the 75,000 square feet of abandoned platforms and tunnels beneath Dupont Circle have just reopened as a cultural space featuring cutting-edge art and design, pop-up retail and dining, and educational events. The history of the area has been respected, so a visit here will be both modern and retro.

Dupont Underground

19 Dupont Circle NW, Washington

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Cost: Varies according to event.

New York Transit Museum

The most extensive subway system in North America is littered with ghost stations. Most are off limits, but you can take a guided tour of the majestic City Hall Station, which closed at the end of 1945. A more unique way to see this station is to take the downtown-bound Number 6 train all the way to the end. During the turnaround you’ll be treated to a slow tour of the platform, which is remarkably intact. Court Street in Brooklyn is another one you won’t want to miss – and you won’t, as it’s where the Transit Museum is located.

New York Transit Museum

Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, New York

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Cost: $40 and up.

Estacíon de Chamberí, Madrid

The elegant Estacíon de Chamberí opened in 1919 and closed in 1966. In 2008, the station was once again opened to the public, this time to give people a taste of the past. The one-in, one-out policy means you get a real sense of solitude and space as you explore, along with century-old memorabilia and the sound of trains echoing in the distance.

Estacíon de Chamberí

C/ Santa Engracia, 55, Madrid

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Cost: Free

Last edited: December 6, 2018

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