I Went to an Abandoned Old School

Does anyone know that amazing feeling you get when you can check something off of your bucket list? That rush of adrenaline when you’re about to do said thing that you’ve worked up in your head for so long? It’s easily the best and most indescribable feeling, especially when said thing is even better than you built it up to be.

This is exactly what happened to me- the feelings I felt when I finally got to check off this item on my bucket list.

  • Visit one of the oldest, historical elementary school’s in my town ✔︎

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I was able to check this amazing adventure off of my bucket list August of last year (2017) hence the pretty fall background of the photos. It was my favourite time of year, which made this experience even better.

It was a normal day, and my good friend Kelly was the only person who was down to have a photoshoot that day so when we were coming up with cool places to take pictures I mentioned this old school. We jumped into the car and headed to the school, just thinking that we could get some cool shots with the outside of the really old building.

When we arrived, that’s exactly what we did and we had no intentions or idea that it would go further than seeing the outside. Walking around the building scoping out all the best places for the perfect photo- we spotted a way inside the building. 

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The school is called Prince of Wales and it was constructed in 1876. This is majorly the prime reason that I was so obsessed with it for so long (still am) because I am utterly fascinated with history, and old buildings that date back hundreds of years.

Unfortunately this beautiful school was closed on June 30, 2011 and they are doing ‘selective demolition’ to the building. You can read more about that here.

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As you can tell, there was dust on everything. It just goes to show how long its been since it’s actually been a functioning school.

The shelving in the classrooms was very antique and you could tell that it has been there quite a long time as they are extremely outdated. In the upstairs hallway there was what looked like some kind of wash sink, and a locker beside it.

We could tell that there had been a lot of water damage because there was visible rust spots on the wall above the wash basin. The school had seen better days, but we still could capture it’s original aesthetic by imagining.

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The bathrooms were for lack of better wording, kinda gross. But what can you expect after not being used for 7 years?

It was super interesting to me that there was a bathroom right in the classroom, and even more interesting it seemed to be the only classroom that had a bathroom inside of it.

The staff bathroom was super interesting because to get to it you had to walk down this really narrow hallway, with nothing at the end of it except this bathroom, and then up the stairs. I’ve never seen anything like it before I was honestly in shock at all the fascinating things we were coming upon.

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Some of the classrooms were in better shape than others, the ones that looked really bad we didn’t enter I just got a shot from the doorway (safety first)

It was eerily quiet and cold- but I was so excited that I didn’t even feel it. The school has three or four floors so we didn’t stop moving for long- we wanted to see the whole thing!

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This was my favourite part of the whole entire school, the stairwell. It was so cool to walk in and see the painting that sprawled across the entire wall.

I instantly fell in love with the wood stairs that I can only image is the original staircase, and is something you don’t see in schools anymore.

The broken windows in the doors at the top of the stairs told us that we weren’t the first people to explore this place, but unlike those people we left everything the way we found it.

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Another jaw dropping feature of the stair well was this gorgeous window, with wooden window panes. It was so stunning and took my breath away- now this is something you’ll never see in a school again. This is why I love history and the historical buildings that we’re still lucky enough to have around today.

We had to get a few pictures specifically with the window because, you know, aesthetic.

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This was one of the worst rooms that we encountered, and again we didn’t enter it for our own safety.

It was extremely water damaged and smelled really musty which obviously is a sign of mould. We only stayed long enough to get some pictures then continued on exploring!

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Seeing every day objects in a place that doesn’t ever get used anymore is a weird feeling.

I love that you can tell that this school is old, down to the trim around the door. It’s so cool knowing that it was built so long ago but those things have held up all this time, just goes to show you how cheaply things are made these days.

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The last thing that we discovered was the basement. Yup, a basement in a school- can it get more creepy than that?

It was super cold down there, and all I kept thinking was “who the heck would ever want to teach down here?!”

The painting on the wall was pretty cool, and although it seems like a picture from a horror story I was honestly too excited with imagining what it was like for the people who went to school here and had a class in the basement, to be scared. Or did they even use it as a teaching space? I guess I’ll never know.


I’m so glad that I was able to check this off my bucket list when I did, because about two weeks later they started the ‘selective demolition’ and tore down half of the building. I was super sad to see it go (errr, I guess partly go) but I’m glad that I’ll always have the memory of my adventure and the photos to go along with it.

What’s something you’ve checked off of your bucket list?! Let me know in the comment section below!

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11 thoughts on “I Went to an Abandoned Old School

  1. Gosh, how freaking cool!! I can’t believe you guys found a way in and were able to walk around the whole place. All of the pictures you got are so good, especially of the stairwell and artwork. So glad you were able to see and share with us this building before RIGHT before they tore it down. Just wow!

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  2. That huge window in the stairwell really is so breathtaking! It’s absolutely gorgeous and definitely not something you’d ever find in a school these days. Those sorts of details could make schools so much prettier and enjoyable for students!

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  3. Wow… You’re much braver than I am. There is a sort of charm that old buildings have and I enjoy historic buildings too but I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to explore this one as in-depth as you did.

    I’m glad you did though… It was a great tour and I especially loved that huge window near the staircase. Would be a nice place to sit and read a book 🙂

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    1. I totally agree with you, old buildings have the greatest charm! I was a little scared but I just had to see the inside! My favourite part about my little tour was discovering that window! So gorgeous & absolutely, a great place to read a book!

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