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The Top 13 Urban Exploration YouTube Channels Right Now

Youtube is chock-full of amazing urban exploration videos. Lots of urban explorers like to film their explorations and post their videos on youtube for the whole world to see.

That’s great and all, but the problem is that several of the videos on youtube are pretty bad. They’re either low quality, have poor audio, or they don’t give any context on the video of the place they’re exploring. All which make the viewing experience pretty terrible.

I don’t know about you, but when I watch urban exploration videos on Youtube, I want to see a video that’s filmed in high quality and properly edited. Most of the urban exploration youtube channels don’t give you that.

I created this list to share with you who I think are the top urban exploration youtube channels right now. Yes, these are my personal favorites so I am being subjective.

But I genuinely believe these 13 urban exploration youtube channels are better than almost 90% of all the other youtube channels.

They’re all high-quality content creators and have tons of subscribers. This means lots of people enjoy their videos so there’s a chance you might too.

Let’s get started.

 

Exploring With Josh Youtube

Exploring With Josh

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/theartofrealitycrew

No urban exploration youtube list is complete without including Exploring With Josh. 

Josh has undoubtedly the most popular urbex youtube channel right now. He’s one of the reasons I got into urban exploration. 

So many people love him and his videos because he’s a likable type of guy. He films in incredible locations and takes you along with him for the ride.

Josh has been on youtube for over 6 years and has amassed an impressive 3.7 million followers. 

Some of his most popular youtube exploration videos consist of Josh exploring an abandoned gold exchange bank. Going into an empty drug dealer mansion and walking around the Suicide Forest in  Aokigahara, Japan.

His videos are always high quality and the locations he explores are just absolutely incredible.


 

The Proper People

The Proper People

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/TheProperPeople

Two friends, Bryan and Michael, travel in search of abandoned buildings around the US to explore and photograph the most amazing locations they can find.

What I absolutely love about these guys is that their videos are properly edited. They have voice-over recordings on their videos giving you context on the building they’re exploring every step of the way.

Knowing the backstory of the places they’re exploring gives you some amazing insight into the video you’re watching. Which make for a great viewing experience. 

Some of their most notable videos include Bryan and Michael exploring an abandoned Disneyland knock-off. Or them driving down Clinton Road which is considered America’s most terrifying stretch of road.

Their videos can be considered mini-documentaries with how detailed and high quality they are.

Check them out, you won’t regret it!


 

Dark Exploration Films

Dark Exploration Films

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/xJailBreaks

Dark Exploration Films is quickly becoming one of my favorite urban exploration youtube channels.

Devin, the guy behind DEF, is not afraid to venture into abandoned locations that are quite dangerous. It’s what makes his videos so damn interesting to watch.

He films in abandonments that you don’t often see on youtube.

He’s explored everything from insane asylums, churches, amusement parks and just about any other place you can think of.

DEF is adding new videos every week so that’s always a plus.


 

This Is Dan Bell

This Is Dan Bell

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/moviedan

Dan Bell is a professional producer and film-maker. So you know his videos are going to be top-notch!

Dan has been featured on several news sites such as NY-Times, Time Magazine, The Baltimore Sun and several others. He’s a popular urbex YouTuber with half a million subscribers.

He explorers the most insane locations and has gotten himself in some dangerous situations. Most notably, the time he stumbled into a drug house with actual drugs inside. 

The drug dealers came back for their drugs and Dan had to hide in a nearby bathroom. All while the drug dealers were in the room next to him!

I can’t find the video I’m talking about at the time of writing this. If you can find it, please post the link in the comments.

Dan also has a series on his channel called The Dead Mall series. He travels the country and explores shopping malls that have been left to decay. It’s a super interesting series which I can’t recommend enough. Check it out.


 

Broken Window Theory Urban Exploration YouTube Channel

Broken Window Theory

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCQjlzE-BSD1PDW988vbqVjw

The channel, Broken Window Theory, is run by two college students named Till and Marco who are both from Germany.

What I most like about BWT is that they explore buildings we Americans don’t often get to see.

German architecture is somewhat similar to ours. But there definitely are some differences. You see it in their videos on the incredible locations they explore.

They’ve explored castles, nazi bunkers, army camps, and several more fascinating locations.

Their most popular video is one where they explore a castle worth more than 10 million dollars. It’s a castle that’s been used for movies and tv shows.


 

Steve Ronin

Steve Ronin

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/sunsteprising

I came across Steve Ronin while I was watching one of Exploring With Josh’s videos.

They’re both buddies and have several videos of them exploring together.

Steve is a world-wide traveler. He moves from place to place which gives him the opportunity to explore several different locations from many different countries.

One of Steve Ronin’s most popular videos is one where he and his crew are exploring a cave system and accidentally find a little girl that’s been lost. They found her scared and crying alone in a dark cave and ended up helping her get back to her parents.

This is just one of the many incredible videos in Steve Ronin’s YT channel.


 

Kibara Youtube

Kibara

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/ThatsBrainStorming

Kibara is a female urban explorer from Spain.

Though she doesn’t speak English in her videos, that really doesn’t take anything away from how awesome her explorations videos are.

What I like about Kibara is that she isn’t afraid to push her limits. She’ll often explore areas of a building that her friends don’t want to go in to.

One of her most popular videos is one in which she explores an abandoned Arabic mansion in Spain that’s full of creepy dolls.


 

Freaktograpy

Freaktography

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCstrXRqOR2dotMpxE81i8Jw

The guy behind Freaktography is a professional photographer who explores the typically off-limits and unseen parts of civilization.

His YouTube channel is full of amazing high-quality videos documenting his explorations.

What I like about Freaktography is that he has a website where he shares his experience through photos and words.

His videos capture the physical location he’s exploring. But sharing how the places he’s explored made him feel is a completely different experience. One which you can’t always describe as you’re experiencing it on video.

One of his most popular urbex videos in one where he finds over $7,000 dollars in an abandoned house.


 

Urbex Dane

Urbex Dane

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCof2oJ9jC4YaKtJj8gAQtvQ

Dane is mostly known for his explorations in the urban areas of Cleveland, Ohio & the incredible ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Some of his videos have been featured in several documentary and short films in 2018.

This guy is absolutely fearless when it comes to exploring.

He’ll explore an entire abandoned neighborhood that’s known to be dangerous, all by himself. He’s not afraid to explore alone, no matter where he’s going.

He knows the risks all too well, but that doesn’t stop him.


 

Exploring With Fighter

Exploring With Fighters

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCTNdfPdLPsQkR45BSotGVzw

Dan, the guy behind EWF, is a UK based urban explorer and travel vlogger. He has a passion for history, architecture, and decay.

Think of a place you’d like to explore. Now go to this youtube channel and I can almost guarantee he has a video of him exploring that place.

He’s explored everything from abandoned towns, forgotten amusement parks, and haunted underground mines.

I found out about Dan from one of Exploring With Josh’s videos. Dan and Josh are good friends and have several videos of them exploring together.

With how much Dan travels, he gets incredible opportunities to explore so many different places, from not just one country, but several. 


 

Urban Exploration With Janne Flinck

Urban Exploration With Janne Flinck

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/FlinckJanne1981

Janne Flinck is a Finnish based urban explorer. 

Several of his urban explorations videos take place in Finland, but certainly not all of them. He’s traveled to a few other countries such as Japan and Belgium and carried out some explorations there too.

He’s popularly known for exploring abandoned houses that are full of stuff. Houses that appear to have been abandoned overnight.

Some of his explorations include houses that were used by the Nazi’s during the 2nd world war. These videos I find absolutely fascinating. You get a feeling of going back in time and seeing with your own eyes how and where some Nazi soldiers lived.

Definitely a channel to check out.


 

Exploring The Unbeaten Path

Exploring the Unbeaten Path

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UC73dVtWf9mpjiWYkXyIlm7A

Bob Thissen, the guy behind Exploring the Unbeaten Path, has a passion for researching and exploring abandoned buildings. Since 2007 he has been to uncountable locations worldwide to capture the beauty of decay.

His dedication is unquestionable. His videos and pictures shot in abandoned places are covered a lot in the media.

Do yourself a favor and watch his 10 part video series on exploring the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone in Japan.

It’s absolutely incredible. The aftermath of the nuclear disaster is simply jaw-dropping. Over 100k+ people up and left their living quarters. Bob goes in and explores the houses and buildings left behind.

His videos are simply incredible. Certainly, one you should subscribe to. 


 

RnK All Day Youtube

RnK All Day

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCHYk6Jn9Irscb8Sf4V7ebiA

Robb and Kristy, or RnK, are a wife and husband urban exploration power duo.

They’re a New York-based explorers but certainly don’t stick to only exploring in New York. They travel all over the United States in search of abandoned locations they can explore.

Some of their most viewed videos are one in which they explore abandoned millionaire mansions.

They’re fearless explorers and their videos are proof of that. They’ve been arrested, had guns pulled on them, and have gotten injured while exploring unsafe areas of a building.

Nothing stops them from going into abandonments and having a look around.


 

Who Did I Miss?

I know there are thousands of urban exploration youtube channels out there.

But not too many of them post good quality urbex videos worth watching.

I am curious and would like to hear from you. 

Who are your favorite urban exploration youtube channels? Who would you add to this list?

Leave me a message in the comment section. I’m always looking for new urbex youtube channels to subscribe too!

15 Comments

    1. Just checked out his channel and I gotta say, I’m loving his videos! I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this guy. Thank you!

      1. I second that. I absolutely love Abandoned World Explorer!! Dave and Mark are 2 best friends travelling the UK and Europe. Their banter is just hilarious!

  1. Shiey

    His series Illegal Freedom is insane. He regularly visits places like abondoned cold-war bunkers etc

  2. Unseen Society, small channel but very high quality editing (I’d say same level as proper people, explroing with Josh and those big ones), plus shes a female, from Sweden

  3. Urbandoned
    Young UK based channel, soon to be at 20K subs. You can see the growth of their skill and style over 3 years worth of videos. Interested in the purpose and history of the places they explore, smaller more intimate spaces as well as the big OMG ones. And they’re cool guys.

  4. Hi, my name is Tino Pesenti and I started creating Japan Urbex videos on YouTube about 3 months ago, I am at my starting point but I am working really hard on trying to show the best that I can of the places I’m exploring with my own touch into it. And I also think that my plus, is that I’m living in Japan and I know this country pretty well, while filming/exploring, I am adding some cool things to learn about Japanese culture or objects, furniture etc… I hope to one day climb up to these above and believe that I will. My content isn’t 4K yet but little by little I’m getting there.

    Ps: My channel is oriented to Japan and what you never thought about, while “thinking Japan”, I post 1-2 Urbex video per month.

    http://www.youtube.com/c/TinoPesenti

    Let me know if I’m dreaming a little too much?

    Tino

  5. Explore with Us used to great, but they stopped because weird people started stalking their social media profiles. It’s a shame, they had a lot of great content. They still make vids, but it’s you’re standard “weird disappearance/anomolyous places” youtube channel now, instead.

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