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Where to Photograph World Heritage Sites in the UK

The listing of World Heritage Sites are collectives of places with a common feature rather than an individual place, so for example the Frontiers of the Roman Empire  includes places in a number of countries where parts of walls or defences exist across Europe and Northern Africa. Some others are difficult to identify, for example the Liverpool listing says "Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool".  Our objective in part here has been to try to identify the most significant places that make these up.

This is different to our other listings in that the first column links to an external site, where you can see the definition of the titled area, the second column are places we can identify, hyperlinked to one of our Location Guides with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added.

Items marked have Location Guides in development or are a part of sections that are planned to appear shortly.

See also Proposed World Heritage Sites in the UK

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Location Guides


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Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

Conwy Castle   Conwy Castle

Beaumaris Castle

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

North Wales


Caernarfon and Conwy, plus Beaumaris and Harlech Castles

Durham Castle and Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Castle 


Durham Cathedral
Castle and university visits

Durham castle

Durham cathedral

Ironbridge Gorge

Ironbridge - Blists Hill Victorian Town

Iron Bridge and Toll House

Jackfield Tile

Coalport China

Museum of Iron

Museum of the Ironbridge Gorge  

Tar Tunnel

Bedlam Furnaces

Broseley Pipeworks

Darby Houses



Ironbridge Museums

1. Coalbrookdale: It was here in 1709 that the Quaker Abraham Darby I developed the coke iron production technique which began the great 18thC iron revolution. There still remains a high concentration of 18thC and 19thC dwellings, warehouses and public buildings in Coalbrookdale.

2. Ironbridge: The community draws its name from the famous Iron Bridge erected in 1779 by Abraham Darby III. At the eastern end of Ironbridge stand the remains of two 18thC blast furnaces, the Bedlam Furnaces, built in 1757.

3. Hay Brook Valley: South of Madeley lies a large open-air museum which incorporates the remains of the former Blists Hill blast furnaces and Blists Hill brick and tile works. Also of importance is the Hay Inclined Plane which connected the Shropshire Canal to the Coalport Canal, which in turn linked with the River Severn.

4. Jackfield: This small community on the south bank of the River Severn was important for navigation, coal mining, clay production, and the manufacture of decorative tiles.

5. Coalport: Located at the eastern end of the site and on the north bank of the River Severn, industrialisation came to Coalport in the late 18thC and is remembered principally for the Coalport China Works.

St Kilda

St Kilda


St. Kilda (National Trust for Scotland)

Island off Scotland

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites



Silbury Hill, nr Avebury   

West Kennet Long Barrow

West Kennet Long Barrow

The Sanctuary, nr Avebury

Durrington Walls 



Stonehenge (English Heritage)

Avebury (National Trust)

Wikipedia - Stone Henge, Avebury and associated sites

Stonehenge,  the Avenue, the Cursuses, Durrington Walls, Woodhenge,  Avebury,  Windmill Hill,  West Kennet Long Barrow, the Sanctuary, Silbury Hill, the West Kennet and Beckhampton Avenues, the West Kennet Palisaded Enclosures, and important barrows.  Plus more around the area.

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens


National Trust

Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall Castle, neo-Gothic castle of Studley Royal Park

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace    

Blenheim Palace Gallery


Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

City of Bath

Roman Baths, Bath

Georgian Bath


Roman Baths

Bath Assembly Rooms (The National Trust)


Roman Baths

Georgian Bath

Bath abbey

City landscape

Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Roman Section

Antonine Wall

Hadrian's Wall  

Hadrian's Wall - Featured Places

Hadrian's Wall Route Guide

North England and Central Scotland

Hadrian's Wall Heritage

Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum (Vindolanda Trust)

Hadrian's Wall & Housesteads Fort (National Trust)

Hadrian's Wall (Northumberland National Park)

Housesteads Roman Fort (Hadrian's Wall) (English Heritage)

Antonine Wall

Hadrianís Wall, Antonine Wall, forts and other items near to and extending from these.

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Palace

Saint Margaret's Church


Westminster Abbey Website

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church

Canterbury Cathedral

St Augustine's Abbey

St Martin's Church


Canterbury Tour - Into the Cathedral precincts

Canterbury Cathedral (Canterbury Cathedral OnLine)

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church

Tower of London

Tower of London  


Royal palaces

Tower of London

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh


Mid Lothian

Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

Edinburgh World Heritage City

Historic Scotland


Maritime Greenwich



Maritime Greenwich

1. Old Royal Naval College

2. The Queen's House

3. National Maritime Museum

4. Royal Observatory

5. Greenwich Royal Park

6. Ranger's House

7. Historic town centre. Many of its buildings are by major British architects of the 17th and 18th centuries, and as a whole the Site is a unique historic townscape.

Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle

Stenness Stone Circle

Maes Howe

Skara Brae


Historic-Scotland. Orkney

large chambered tomb (Maes Howe), two ceremonial stone circles (the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar) and a settlement (Skara Brae)

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

Big Pit National Coal Museum   


Big Pit (Wales Tourist Board)

Blaenavon, South Wales, a variety of industrial heritage.

Derwent Valley Mills

Derwent valley


Arkwright Society

Ancient Mills in Derbyshire

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills


The Derwent Valley, mills, and houses

Dorset and East Devon Coast

Dorset Coast

South West Coastal Path

Dorset and Devon

The Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon

Cliffs and fossils

New Lanark

New Lanark Cotton Mill Village 


New Lanark Conservation Trust

Robert Owen

Historic Scotland

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)

18c village and mills of New Lanark, Scotland




Saltaire Village

19c industrial village of Saltaire, mill, and model town

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Gardens History

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Winter Ice Rink


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew gardens.

Liverpool Ė Maritime Mercantile City




1. Pier Head

2. Albert Dock

3. Stanley Dock

4. Castle/Dale/Old Hall Street Commercial Centre

5. William Brown Street Cultural Quarter

6. Lower Duke street

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Morwellham, Devon

Cornwall and Devon


18thC and 19thC mining

1.St Just Mining District

2. The Port of Hayle

3. Tregonning and Gwinear Mining Districts with Trewavas

4. Wendron Mining District

5. Camborne and Redruth Mining District with Wheal Peevor and Portreath Harbour

6. Gwennap Mining District with Devoran and Perran and Kennall Vale

7. St Agnes Mining District

8. The Luxulyan Valley and Charlestown

9. Caradon Mining District

10. Tamar Valley Mining District with Tavistock

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 



18km Pontcysyllte Canal and Aqueduct

Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

Giants Causeway, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Co. Antrim

Giantís Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site (Environment and Heritage Service)

Natural features and cliffs

See also

Proposed World Heritage Sites in the UK

World Heritage Sites     

World Heritage Sites - Further Information

This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.


By: Keith Park  Section: Heritage Section Key:
Page Ref: WHS_UK Topic: Heritage  Last Updated: 07/2009

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