Top World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge ©nyaa_birdies_perch/Flickr

The UK is a country of so many cultures as well as natural beauties, so no wonder there are quite a number of World Heritage Sites in there. You have probably heard about many of them, like Stonehenge, the Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Abbey or the Tower of London.

However, as usual, there are less known sites that are at least as amazing as their popular companions. So accept Jamie Oliver’s invitation to Great Britain and let us discover the top World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom together. 

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

For me one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world is the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The formation is a collection of about 40,000 basalt columns creating a path-like image. The unusual site is surrounded by legends and myths that go back into the ancient times, if you are lucky, you can hear some fine stories from the locals…

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway ©TS Drown/Flickr

The Jurassic Coast, England

One of the most amazing sights, the Jurassic Coast is like a slide show of 185 million years from the history of the planet. The rocks walk you though the time of the dinosaurs, the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras in a manner entirely unique in the whole world. But if you take off your geologist glasses, you can also enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches of England.

Stonehenge, England

Of course, everyone heard about Stonehenge, one of my favorite historical monuments of all time and as well as one of the big mysteries of human history. It is attracting visitors from all over the world for hundreds if not thousands of years and apparently it dates back 50,000 years.

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge ©nyaa_birdies_perch/Flickr

Saint Kilda, Scotland

One of the few places on earth that are on UNESCO’s list both as a cultural and natural World Heritage Site. Saint Kilda has been inhabited for 2,000 years – though the last inhabitants left over 80 years ago – and is a breeding place for many seabirds. This higher points of the islands also offer spectacular views over the area.

Edinburgh Old Town, Scotland

The Old Town of Edinburgh is an amazing image of what a medieval city must have looked like. With the castle in the center and all the cobbled streets and narrow alleys the atmosphere of Scotland’s capital is like that of fairy tales.

Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh castle ©PhilnCaz/Flickr

Britain has got 25 World Heritage Sites altogether ranging from cultural to natural sites and quite naturally, everyone has got their favorites. Let me know in the comment section which UNESCO sites do you prefer in the United Kingdom – or any other part of the world for that matter.


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