Is hell a real place?
Jesus claimed that hell was real. There was a time where Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to minister to the people in the surrounding communities. He gave them certain instructions and told them not to be afraid.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jesus was not telling a parable when he spoke of hell, not a mythological location, but a place that was real.
Read what Peter said about hell as he was lead by the Holy Spirit.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment.
2 Peter 2:4