British and Irish world heritage sites

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panoramic view of the Lake District

the Lake District: the newest UNESCO World Heritage site

After the success of the Lake District in gaining UNESCO World Heritage status, some readers have asked for a list of all those in the UK and Ireland plus links to the sites.

In all there are two sites in the Republic of Ireland and 31 sites in the UK


Brú na Bóinne – a prehistoric landscape in County Meath

Skellig Michael – off the coast of County Kerry, a centre of early Christian monastic life

United Kingdom

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape – an iron and coal industrial site in the South Welsh valleys

Blenheim Palace –  the Oxfordshire home of the Dukes of Marlborough

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, St Martin’s Church  – the site of the re-birth of Christianity in England

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd -mediaeval castles to maintain authority over the Welsh

Bath's Roman baths

Bath and the Roman Baths

City of Bath –  important Roman site and, later, a fashionable Georgian watering place

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape – mining landscapes in Cornwall including tin

Derwent Valley Mills – Eighteenth and nonenteenth century cotton mills in Derbyshire

Dorset and East Devon Coast – also known as the Jurassic Coast due to the rock formations

Durham Castle and Cathedral – sites of mediaeval importance in the North East of England

Frontiers of the Roman Empire – border of the Roman empire in the UK including Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine wall; part of an international border that includes The Limes in Germany.

Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway.

Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast – 40,000 interlocking basalt columns in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Gorham’s Cave Complex – natural sea cave in Gibraltar

Gough and Inaccessible Islands – wildlife reserve in the South Atlantic Ocean

Heart of Neolithic Orkney – neolithic stone monumnets in Orkney

Henderson Island – uninhabited raise coral island in the Pacific Ocean

Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications  – early seventeenth century colonial area of Bermuda

Ironbridge Gorge – ten museums in Shropshire that chronicle and link the industrial past

Lake District – England’s largest national park which contains the highest peak and deepest lake.

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City – Liverpool’s waterfront and maritime heritage

Maritime Greenwich – maritime and astronomical heritage where the east and west hemispheres meet.

Houses of Parliament

the Houses of Parliament – part of the Palace of Westminster UNESCO site

New Lanark – purpose built eighteenth century Scottish village for cotton mill workers

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s church – a seat of power for 1,000 years

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal – a navigable aqueduct 38 metres above the ground

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – world-wide resource for plant knowledge in west London

Saltaire – Victorian model village in West Yorkshire

St Kilda – a nature reserve near the Outer Hebrides in Scotland

image of Stonehenge

Stonehenge – perhaps one of the most recognised sites in the world

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites – megalithic sites dating back 5,500 years in Wiltshire

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey – monastic site and surviving eighteenth century gardens

The Forth Bridge – iconic railway bridge over the Firth of Forth

Tower of London – prison, palace and integral to English history since 1066 ; the crown jewels are on display

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