Visit the most beautiful World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom
It is not a surprising fact that there is a large number of spectacular World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom. In the following article there will be presented the most beautiful ones of the 28 sites (including the overseas territories) which were listed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Seventeen such sites can be found in England, three in Wales, four in Scotland, one in Northern Ireland and the remaining three in the United Kingdom’s overseas territories. Probably the most popular and best-known World Heritage Site of the country is the mysterious Stonehenge. Other spectacular sites are the following: the city of Bath, the Canterbury Cathedral, the Giant’s Causeway, St Kilda and so on.
The worldwide famous prehistoric monument called Stonehenge can be found in the county of Wiltshire, England. The spectacular circular monument of huge standing stones gave birth to numerous and varied myths and legends. No one knows exactly the purpose of its construction. Although, it is considered that it served as a burial ground and was built between 3000 and 2000 BC. Stonehenge is today one of the best-known prehistoric monuments in the world and attracts dozens of visitors each year. Since 1986 the monument with its surroundings is listed as a World Heritage Site.
The city of Bath
Bath is a spectacular city, having some magnificent attractions. It is situated in the county of Somerset, England. The whole city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. Bath includes some gorgeous attractions such as Roman sites (the Roman Baths), numerous museums, theatres, the spectacular Bath Abbey, the impressive Royal Crescent and buildings relating to the famous writer, Jane Austen. Bath is undoubtedly one of the best must see cities of the United Kingdom. Visiting the city is surely an unforgettable experience.
Situated in the city with the same name, in the county of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral is a magnificent jewel of Gothic architecture, including some characteristics of Romanesque style, too. The cathedral is considered one of the oldest Christian buildings in England. It was founded in 597, than rebuilt in 1070-1077 and later, in 1174. Both the interior and exterior parts of the cathedral are breathtaking. Canterbury Cathedral is a World Heritage Site since 1988.
The Giant’s Causeway
This World Heritage Site is situated in the county of Antrim, in Northern Ireland. The thousands of basalt columns which form the famous Giant’s Causeway, are the result of a volcanic eruption. It is considered the best-known tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. The unique natural attraction named Giant’s Causeway attracts dozens of visitors each year.
St Kilda is the name of a spectacular isolated archipelago. There are numerous attractions here dating from the prehistoric era. The archipelago was inhabited for about 2.000 years, but since 1930 there are no permanent residents on St Kilda. It is well-known for being a breeding ground for many seabird species, such as puffins or gannets.