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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK

The United Kingdom is home to 25 sites, 17 in England, 4 in Scotland, 3 in Wales and 1 in Northern Ireland.
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Skara Brae

Skara Brae in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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Jurassic Coast

The fascinating rock formations and fossils of the Jurassic Coast chart 185 million years of the Earth's history. Enjoy the coastal walks and cliff-top views of a natural World Heritage Site, and soak up some sea air at the same time. (Photo by DorsetScouser via Flickr)

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

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Edinburgh

Scotland's capital is one of Britain's most exciting tourist destinations with a unique cityscape, varied cultural attractions and thriving arts, eating and entertainment scenes.

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Caernarfon Castle

According to UNESCO “the castles and fortified towns of Gwynedd are the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”. This is one of the four castles - Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

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Beaumaris Castle

According to UNESCO “the castles and fortified towns of Gwynedd are the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”. This is one of the four castles - Beaumaris Castle Anglesey (Photo by PhilnCaz, via Flickr)

Beaumaris Castle

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Conwy Castle

According to UNESCO “the castles and fortified towns of Gwynedd are the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”. This is one of the four castles - Conwy Castle (photo by alan tunnicliffe, via Flickr)

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Blaenavon Ironworks

Blaenavon is a town and World Heritage Site in south eastern Wales, famous for its ironworks, steel-making and coal mining industries.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace - Birthplace of William Churchill

Blenheim Palace

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New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark, Scotland New Lanark is the site of an 18th century cotton mill founded by David Dale and Robert Owen. It has undergone extensive renovation and restoration since the 1960s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New Lanark, Scotland

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Albert Dock

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City

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Maritimes Greenwich

Maritime Greenwich

Maritime Greenwich

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church. Together these historic buildings showcase the growth of the English monarchy and have been the setting for many of the events that have shaped the British nation.

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The Old Royal Observatory Garden

Home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the National Maritime Museum, Maritime Greenwich is a popular tourist destination. One of the most popular things to do for tourists is to stand astride the Prime Meridian, technically standing in both the eastern and western hemispheres at the same time. You can also witness the ball drop at the top of the Greenwich Observatory at 1pm every day, a tradition which has occurred every day since 1833.

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Harlech Castle

According to UNESCO “the castles and fortified towns of Gwynedd are the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”. This is one of the four castles - Harlech Castle

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Saltaire Visitor Information Centre

Saltaire Village is an industrial housing estate with communal facilities and the old “Salt`s Mill” from the time of the “Industrial Revolution” which was built between 1851 and 1872 by the industrialist Titus Salt.

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Ironbridge

Iron Bridge, Telford, England. Opened in 1781, the Iron Bridge is the defining symbol of the Industrial Revolution. It was the world’s first cast iron bridge, built using iron made in the nearby blast furnace, a feat made possible only by the flowering of coke-powered industry in this area.

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The Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle & Henge

Orkney - Standing Stones at Brodgar

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Derwent Valley

In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. It is recognised as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production. http://www.derwentvalleymills.org/

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Giant's Causeway

One of Northern Ireland's best-known attractions, the Giant's Causeway is a remarkable natural rock formation.

Giant's Causeway

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Fountains Abbey

Tucked away in a scenic river valley just outside Ripon, Fountain's Abbey is a World Heritage Site and a picture of medieval grandeur. Fountains Abbey by Alan Stenson, via Flickr

Fountains Abbey

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Jurassic Coast

Backlit Durdle Door Landscape by DorsetScouser, via Flickr

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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is one of Britain's most magnificent buildings, and looms high on the city skyline today as it has for close to 1,000 years. It is one of the world's finest examples of Norman architecture.

Durham Cathedral

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Westminster Abbey's architectural treasures – in pictures

Westminster Abbey's architectural treasures: a photo gallery from the Guardian. Photos by David Levene

Westminster Abbey's architectural treasures – in pictures

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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England.

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The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level.

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