The 4 Best World Heritage Sites in the UK
The UK and its territories are home to 29 World Heritage Sites that have been designated by UNESCO. Each have been awarded the sought-after status based on their natural or cultural heritage, but where are the best places to visit? Check out the four best World Heritage Sites in the UK.
1. The Lake District
The Lake District was most recently named a World Heritage Site for its natural beauty, farming, literature and art. After all, it is the home to the Lake Poets: William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and Robert Southey. Children’s author Beatrix Potter also set most of Peter Rabbit in the Lake District.
In addition to its creative heritage, The Lake District is home to some of the most picturesque views in the UK, including the largest natural lake, Lake Windermere. People from across the globe and the UK, therefore, visit the World Heritage Site every year to absorb its mesmerising beauty. Book a stay at luxurious hotels in Windermere today.
2. Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
Liverpool was once the home of the world’s largest port, and was the most major trading centre in the world throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The waterfront was also a pioneer of modern dock technology, which revolutionised docking systems and warehouses. It was also in this very city that the Battle of the Atlantic was fought and won during the Second World War, and many of the buildings that established the city’s history still stand today as symbols of the city’s past. Unsurprisingly, the famous waterfront was awarded the title of a World Heritage Site in 2004. It’s the perfect place to experience the exquisite architecture of the Albert Dock and the Three Graces, whilst soaking in the culture and characters during a city break.
3. City of Bath
The City of Bath was founded by the Romans as a spa, and it was at the heart of the wool industry during the medieval period. It also served as a spa town throughout the 18th century, and the city was granted World Heritage Status in 1987 thanks to its varied history and preservation of Palladian architecture and Roman remains. It is therefore unlike any other city in the UK, which will delight history and art lovers, so it should be firmly placed at the top of your travel bucket list.
4. Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
It’s hard not to fall in love with Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is not only steeped in history, but the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were both granted World Heritage status in 1995. It received the title thanks to its vast history, as the city was founded in the Middle Ages, and the New Town was formed between 1797 to 1890. They therefore provide a unique contrast of modern and medieval periods. You only need to walk along the winding cobbled streets and view the gabled housing to know you are standing in a little piece of history.