UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK

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.

World heritage sign at Blaenavon Industrial Landscape - photo by juliamaud
World heritage sign at Blaenavon Industrial Landscape – photo by juliamaud

List of  UK world heritage sites

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

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – photo by Juliamaud

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape - photo by juliamaud
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape – photo by juliamaud
Tower of London - photo by Juliamaud
Tower of London – photo by Juliamaud
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City - photo by Juliamaud
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City – photo by Juliamaud
Maritime Greenwich - Cutty Sark - photo by Juliamaud
Maritime Greenwich – Cutty Sark – photo by Juliamaud

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