12 of our favourite Unesco World Heritage sites to visit in the UK

The Lake District is the latest British spot to be granted World Heritage status by the UN's cultural agency. Here are some of our other favourites.

The UK is a nation with a proud and rich history so it’s no wonder it’s home to so many Unesco World Heritage sites, chosen for their cultural, historical or scientific significance.

We round up our favourite spots in the UK from the 31 that have gained Unesco recognition.

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1. Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge is one of the world’s longest cantilever bridges, connecting Edinburgh and Fife by rail.

The bridge itself, which opened in 1890, is a breathtaking site and the view from the bridge over the River Forth is spectacular.

It’s well worth the train ride.

2. Lake District


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Unesco says that the hills and lakes in North West England “exhibit an extraordinary beauty and harmony”, and we couldn’t agree more.

Rustic stone walls, rugged hills and tranquil water – what could be more relaxing?

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3. Liverpool


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Liverpool gained world heritage status thanks to its history as a major port.

Take in the views from Albert Dock and see the spots where history was made.

4. Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd


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The well-preserved castles and town walls of Beaumaris, Harlech, Conwy and Caernarfon are the work of military engineer James of St George and date back to the late 13th century.

Visit North Wales to explore some of the best examples of military architecture of their time.

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5. Durham Castle and Cathedral


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Durham Cathedral is the largest example of Norman architecture in England.

It’s design was ahead of it’s time and so it gained Unesco World Heritage status.

Head to Durham to see it in all its glory.

6. St Kilda


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This uninhabited island in the Outer Hebrides is home to many beautiful bird species.

The island has some of the highest cliffs in Europe.

Come for the rugged landscape and keep an eye out for puffins, gannets and other birds.

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7. Blenheim Palace


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Blenheim is a perfect example of an 18th century princely dwelling and is also where Dior would show their gowns to Princess Margaret.

If you see if for yourself, we’re sure you’ll see why the French design house chose this spot to showcase its most elegant creations.

8. Bath


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The Georgian townhouses in the city blend seamlessly with the Roman baths.

It’s not just the spas that make Bath a city worth visiting.

It’s also famed for its art and literature.

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9. Maritime Greenwich


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Greenwich in east London is a spot famed for scientific endeavour.

You’ll also find the spectacular Naval College designed by Christopher Wren.

10. Orkney


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In the heart of Orkney you’ll find a group of Neolithic monuments including a tomb, ceremonial stone circles and a settlement.

History buffs, come here to get a glimpse of island life over 5,000 years ago.

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11. Dorset and East Devon Coast

Not only is it beautiful, but geologists believe the Dorset and East Devon coast is one of the most significant research and teaching sites in the world.

Fossils found in the area - dubbed the Jurassic Coast - show 185 million years of Earth’s history.

12. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


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The extensive gardens at Kew have made significant contribution to plant diversity and botanical science over the years.

They’re also really beautiful to look at.

What Unesco sites have you visited? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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