Welcome to World Heritage UK

World Heritage UK is the only organisation exclusively focused on World Heritage in the UK, and the only one that is led by the Sites themselves, reflecting a community-driven approach that has proven effective at many Sites and which is favoured by UNESCO.

What we do

Welcome to the website for World Heritage UK, an organisation set up in 2015 to undertake networking, advocacy and promotion for the UK’s 32 outstanding World Heritage Sites, and the Tentative List Sites progressing towards WHS status.

World Heritage Sites are places from all around the world that are considered so important for the shared understanding and future of our planet we should look after them forever. There are more than 1000 Sites globally, some are natural like the Great Barrier Reef or the Serengeti, and many are man-made like Stonehenge or the Taj Mahal. World Heritage Sites are identified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), but looked after locally.

Our Vision

is that the United Kingdom will have a coherent approach to World Heritage Sites that is better known and understood, and supported through sustainable funding so that their Outstanding Universal Values can provide inspiration, learning and enjoyment for society and contribute to the UK’s standing in the world.

More about our strategy

Our Mission

is to raise the profile and secure the future of UK collection of World Heritage Sites by advocating for support, resources and recognition, facilitating learning and networking, and promoting the Sites and their values.

UK World Heritage Sites

The UK currently has 32 World Heritage Sites and more sites progressing towards World Heritage Site status. All of them contribute to the story of humankind and our planet.

They stretch across the whole of the UK and beyond to our Overseas Territories and cover geology, the natural world and all aspects of our history from prehistory to the 20th Century. Explore each of our UK World Heritage Sites and how to find out more here.

All World Heritage UK sites

Membership with World Heritage

World Heritage UK is a membership organisation, formally known as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Its voting members set the strategy for the organisation. We invite any individual or organisation with an interest in World Heritage to join us.

Whether you are responsible for the management of a World Heritage Site, volunteer for an organisation in a World Heritage Site or have a professional or academic interest, we welcome you to join us and show your support for World Heritage in the UK. We have three levels of membership currently. See below to find out more.

Download membership brochure More about Memberships

Latest news

‘Visitor Centres in a Changing World’

Webinar 18th February 2021 Expert heritage practitioners explain how visitor centres may need to adapt to transformational changes to the…

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‘Visitor Centres in a Changing World’

New Webinar date announced

Visitor Centres in a changing world World Heritage UK’s first webinar of 2021 will take place on the morning of…

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New Webinar date announced

Merry Christmas from WH:UK

This Christmas there really is only one theme in looking back over what has been a truly exceptional year. Rarely…

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Merry Christmas from WH:UK


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