How many UK heritage sites have you visited?
Some of the 31 places listed as United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sites on the UNESCO world heritage website are not on mainland Britain. For example, of the 4 natural world heritage places listed as being in the UK, one is in the South Atlantic Ocean and another is in the eastern South Pacific. The cultural world heritage sites include places in Bermuda and Gibraltar.
Types of world heritage sites listed as in the UK
There are 26 cultural world heritage sites in the UK, including the Gorham’s Cave Complex, which are the steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar and the Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda.
There are 4 natural world heritage sites listed as being in the UK, including
- Gough and Inaccessible Islands which is in the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean.
- Henderson Island which lies in the eastern South Pacific
Listed as “mixed heritage”, St Kilda is a volcanic archipelago situated off the coast of the Hebrides, which comprises the islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray.
List of UK world heritage sites
- 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)
- 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)
- Dorset and East Devon Coast (2001)
- Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast (1986)
- Gorham’s Cave Complex (2016)
- Gough and Inaccessible Islands (1995,2004)
- Henderson Island (1988)
- St Kilda (1986,2004, 2005)
Visiting UK world heritage sites
Some UK sites should be easier to visit than others. How many have you visited?
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – photo by Juliamaud
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