UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom

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Stonehenge, of course, is probably the most famous of the Unesco World Heritage sites in the UK.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the full name of the country that we usually just shorten to England. Of course, Great Britain includes England, Scotland, and Wales. And Northern Ireland is across the Irish Channel on the island of Ireland.

The United Kingdom has a total 31 UNESCO World Heritage sites, which puts it eighth on the list of countries by number of World Heritage sites.

We’ve visited many of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in England and Northern Ireland, but some of them were before we started this blog, so we have no entries for them. We’ll have to get back there soon to fill out out collection here.

Cultural (26)

  • Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (2000)
  • Blenheim Palace (1987)
  • Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church (1988)
  • Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd (1986)
  • City of Bath (1987)
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (2006)
  • Derwent Valley Mills (2001)
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral (1986)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire (1987,2005,2008)
  • Gorham’s Cave Complex (2016)
  • Heart of Neolithic Orkney (1999)
  • Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda (2000)
  • Ironbridge Gorge (1986)
  • Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (2004)
  • Maritime Greenwich (1997)
  • New Lanark (2001)
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (1995)
  • Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church (1987)
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (2009)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2003)
  • Saltaire (2001)
  • Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (1986)
  • Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey (1986)
  • The English Lake District (2017)
  • The Forth Bridge (2015)
  • Tower of London (1988)

Natural (4)

Mixed (1)

  • St Kilda (1986,2004, 2005)

Here’s a list of other UNESCO World Heritage sites we’ve visited. It needs updating.

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  1. Lesley December 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I think Stonehenge is my favourite place to visit in Salisbury. Well deserved on the Unesco list!

    • Tom Bartel December 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Clearly, Stonehenge and Avebury are remarkable sites and well deserve their Worl Heritage status. I just wish I knew more about them.

  2. Rita Robison December 5, 2018 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Are there any in Northern England? I don’t recognize any names on the list from there.

    • Tom Bartel December 5, 2018 at 4:53 am - Reply

      York, Hadrian’s Wall, Blenheim. All fairly far north. Don’t have much bandwidth, so I can’t check them all. Look at the actual UNESCO site. They have a map.

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