Visiting UNESCO Sites

Tower of London

Having checked the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites attributed to the United Kingdom, we found we had visited a number of them. Four were easy to visit as they are in the London area and we are London based.

'Maritime Greenwich’  includes The National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House.

The heart of contemporary British Politics (The area around Westminster Abbey, Saint Margaret’s Church, the Palace of Westminster and Parliament Square) 

Tower of London

Royal Botanic Gardens Review

Royal Observatory Greenwich Tickets available

National Maritime Museum
Tickets available

Houses of Parliament Tickets available

Tower of London - photo by Juliamaud

Tower of London Tickets available

Kew Gardens - photo by Juliamaud

Kew Gardens Tickets Available

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

There was also one we had booked to visit last year, before the pandemic

Frontiers of the Roman Empire(Hadrian’s Wall - The “Hadrian’s Wall” which was previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, is part of the transnational property “Frontiers of the Roman Empire”.)

Not yet Visited in the UK

Although we've been to a lot, there are a number of places we haven't visited. 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......

*Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean so it's UNESCO site is included as a UK site.

City of Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, The Forth Bridge,   Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast, Durham Castle and Cathedral,   Derwent Valley Mills, Saltaire, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal,  Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey,  Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, St Kilda, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Gorham's Cave Complex, Gough and Inaccessible Islands, Henderson Island and the Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda

still to visit

Discovering art and food in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bruges

Modern Art Trail in Bruges

Golden Triangle Trip To India

Visit the Taj Mahal

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

UK Cities of Literature

Edinburgh, Scotland (2004) - Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

It is the birthplace and home to world-famous writers, poets and playwrights including Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Walter Scott (Waverley), and JK Rowling (Harry Potter). It has its own Poet Laureate, the Edinburgh Makar.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the world’s largest literary festival of its kind, lasting for two weeks each August.

Nottingham, England (2015)

Nottingham boasts a rich history of illustrious literary figures residing within its walls, such as Lord Byron, D.H. Lawrence, Stanley Middleton and Alan Sillitoe, to name but a few.

Manchester, England (2017)

Literature has been a force for change, innovation, openness and collaboration throughout the city's history. It is where Engels and Marx worked together at Chetham's Library and where Elizabeth Gaskell wrote her campaigning novels.

Meeting Lord Byron

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