Posted on 18th April 2020 by Lindsey McDean

World Heritage Day – How many do you know?

Another lockdown weekend is upon us and here the rain has arrived too. Definitely welcomed by fields and gardens after the string of warm days we’ve had recently. So, this soggy Saturday 18th April is World Heritage Day. An event to celebrate, raise awareness and protect sites around the world of cultural importance and significance.

This World Heritage Day – like many other special events and dates at the moment – is certainly one that will not be forgotten. They pass us by whilst the world is in a grip of the Covid-19 outbreak and there are containment measures in place right across the world. Yet we must still recongnise their importance and significance, allowing us to hold on to some sort of ‘normality’ at the moment.

On my Facebook and Instagram pages today I popped the question ‘how many UNESCO World Heritage sites are there in the UK?’

The answer is 32. I hadn’t realised there were so many but of those 32 there are 4 which are Overseas Territory’s of the United Kingdom (these are territories with a constitutional link to the United Kingdom and there are 14 in total) There is also 1 which includes locations in the UK and Europe giving it transnational properties. Not just a simple list of 32 places in the UK as you may have thought.



I’ve put the full list here for you to see how many you’ve visited before. Maybe you can pay some a visit post-lockdown? (Anyone fancy Berumda?).

Of course, if you fancy a virtual tour the world wide web is a treasure trove of images to delve through. Not a bad way to spend some time with a nice nice cup of tea whilst the rain bashes the window outside…

List of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage sites in the UK:

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape (Cardiff, Wales)

Blenheim Palace (Oxfordshire)

Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church (Kent)

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd (North Wales)

City of Bath (Avon)

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Derwent Valley Mills (Derbyshire)

Durham Castle and Cathedral

Frontiers of the Roman Empire (includes Hadrian’s Wall, Antonine Wall Scotland and the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes Germany)

Gorham’s Cave Complex (Gibraltar)

Heart of Neolithic Orkney (Scotland)

Historic Town of St. George and Related Fortifications (Bermuda)

Ironbridge Gorge (Shropshire)

Jodrell Bank Observatory (North West England)

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

Maritime Greenwich (London)

New Lanark (Scotland)

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church (London)

Pontcysylte Aqueduct and Canal (North East Wales)

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (London)

Saltaire (West Yorkshire)

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (Wiltshire)

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Foundations Abbey (North Yorkshire)

The English Lake District

The Forth Bridge (Scotland)

Tower of London

Dorset and East Devon Coast

Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast (County Antrim, Northern Ireland)

Gough and Inaccessible Islands (south Atlantic)

Henderson Island (eastern South Pacific)

St. Kilda (off the coast of the Hebrides)


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Lindsey McDean

Posted by Lindsey McDean

LCC Founder & Creative Director

Hello and welcome to the LCC. I'm a rural-loving mum (of the horse, human and dog variety!) living in Cheshire in the North West of England.  For as long as I can remember I have always had a fascination with the great outdoors. Eager to understand the 'how' and the 'why' of the world around us. I created this platform where we can connect and share our love of the the countryside and rural life.

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