04 Mar World Heritage Sites in the UK
World Heritage Sites in the UK
There are 27 world heritage sites in the UK according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The 28 sites are distributed among England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The designation of world heritage sites also recognizes sites in oversees protectorates as forming part of world heritage sites in the UK. This sites not only contain natural wonders but magnificently breathtaking buildings.
Northern Ireland has only one world heritage site called Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway coast. The protectorates boast a total of 3 world heritage sites. The first one is the Gough and the Inaccessible Islands located at the South Atlantic Ocean. We also have the historic town of Saint George in Bermuda. This town was founded in 1692 and is presumed to be the oldest English town. Lastly, we have the Henderson Islands located at the Pacific Ocean. Wales has two world heritage sites and shares the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal with England. Scotland has four world heritage sites and shares one with England.
Undoubtedly, most of the world heritage sites are located in England. England has a total of 17 out of the 27 world heritage sites located in the UK. The oldest of the 17 sites is the Stonehenge Avebury and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney that date back to the 2nd millennia BC and the 3rd millennia BC respectively. The Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s church are great works of ancient architecture. St. Martin’s Church is the oldest church in England dating back to the 11th Century. Natural world heritage sites in England include Dorset and East Devon Coast and the Frontiers of the Roman Empire that it shares with Scotland. The Westminster Palace and Abbey are not only world wonders but are still being used to this day.
It would definitely be worth your while visiting the UK to view this sites.