Welcome to the World Heritage Sites UK portal

What are World Heritage Sites and why are they important?

World Heritage Sites (WHS) have outstanding universal value for humanity from the point of view of history, art or science.

The 1972 World Heritage Convention aims to protect the values of cultural or natural sites, which could deteriorate or, worse, disappear, often through lack of funding to preserve them. States Parties to the Convention contribute the necessary financial and intellectual resources to protect World Heritage sites.

The World Heritage List includes places many would recognise instantly, as well as less well known places that many may be surprised to find on the list. The World Heritage List is available on UNESCO’s World Heritage Internet web site. It identifies its entries as cultural or natural properties.

Further information on the World Heritage Convention and on all the World Heritage properties can be found at the UNESCO website.