Oct 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

World Heritage Sites in the UK…Treasures for Seniors

By now you probably realize how much this senior appreciates World Heritage Sites.  They exist all over the world and can be found in almost every country.  While this link has all the 26 World Heritage sites in the UK,  I want to offer a new tentative listing in the UK that is worth checking out as each of these may very well become major tourist attractions once they make the list.

The UK’s Tentative List was last updated on 19 January 2006, and consisted of these 15 sites. The properties on the Tentative List are as follows:

  1. The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland
  2. Chatham Naval Dockyard, England
  3. Darwin’s Home and Workplace: Down House and Environs, England
  4. The Flow Country, Scotland
  5. The Forth Bridge, Scotland
  6. Fountain Cavern, Anguilla – a limestone cavern which contains Amerindian glyphs carved into the rock.
  7. Gibraltar defenses
  8. The Great Western Railway: Paddington-Bristol (selected parts), England
  9. Lake District, England
  10. Manchester and Salford (Ancoats, Castlefield and Worsley), England
  11. Monkwearmouth and Jarrow Monastic Sites, England
  12. Mount Stewart Gardens, Northern Ireland
  13. The New Forest, England
  14. Shakespeare’s Stratford, England
  15. The Wash and North Norfolk Coast, England


The World Heritage Convention is an agreement set up by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1972 to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Nearly 200 countries have signed the agreement and nominated sites in their own territory for protection: these include the Kasbah of Algiers, the Great Wall of China, and the historic centre of Prague. It is the responsibility of each country to maintain its sites, and they are assessed regularly by UNESCO. Out of a total of 754 sites worldwide, 26 are presently in England. jeb

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