World Heritage in the UK

World Heritage Sites in the UK cover a broad thematic range, including archaeological sites, seats of power, industrial sites, natural sites, sites related to the early Christian Church, and 18th century ensembles.  

The first sites to be inscribed in the UK, in 1986, were: 

  • The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Wales
  • Durham Cathedral and Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway Coast
  • St Kilda
  • Stonehenge & Avebury
  • Studley Royal Park and the Ruins of Fountains Abbey
  • Ironbridge Gorge. 

More information on each of Britain's UK sites can be found by clicking on the images in the gallery above, and from the Local Authority World Heritage Forum.

The two nearest World Heritage Sites to Durham are Hadrian's Wall and Fountains Abbey.