Having checked the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites attributed to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we found we had visited a number of them.
Some were easy to visit as they are in the London area and we are London based.
- Tower of London
- Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
- Maritime Greenwich
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Others were further away.
- Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church
- Ironbridge Gorge
- Blenheim Palace
- Jodrell Bank Observatory
- Dorset and East Devon Coast
- Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
- The English Lake District
- Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
- Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
- Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
- New Lanark
And one we are planning on visiting this year
Not yet visited
Although we’ve been to a lot, there are a number of places we haven’t visited. Some are relatively easy to visit and some we’ve tried to visit without success.
We did try to visit Bath once, but found we couldn’t park so ended up visiting nearby Wells instead.
We’ve also seen Stonehenge from a distance, but have yet to visit the tourist attraction. Similarly we have seen the Forth bridge but not been on it.
The list includes some places we will never visit. Remote islands, especially those inaccessible and untouched by a human presence, are never going to happen.
But Bermuda? (Why is that under UK sites?*) Now there’s an idea……
- City of Bath
- Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
- The Forth Bridge
- Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast
- Durham Castle and Cathedral
- Derwent Valley Mills
- Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey (Yorkshire)
- Saltaire (West Yorkshire)
- Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (Cornwall and West Devon)
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (north-eastern Wales)
- St Kilda (volcanic archipelago situated off the coast of the Hebrides)
- Heart of Neolithic Orkney (remote archipelago in the far north of Scotland)
- Gorham’s Cave Complex (The steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar contain four caves with archaeological and paleontological deposits that provide evidence of Neanderthal occupation over a span of more than 100,000 years.)
- Gough and Inaccessible Islands (located in the south Atlantic – “Gough Island Wildlife Reserve”).
- Henderson Island(Henderson Island, which lies in the eastern South Pacific, is one of the few atolls in the world whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence.)
- Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda
*Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches, so it’s UNESCO site is included as a UK site.