World Heritage Site

WStonehengeorld Heritage Sites are designated by the World Heritage Committee, part of UNESCO. The World Heritage Committee has approved 788 listed sites (611 cultural sites, 154 natural sites and 23 mixed sites), in well over 100 states, (correct to 2004). UNESCO World Heritage Site website.

A World Heritage Site is probably the most distinguished designation that any site can receive. There are only about 24 such in the UK (depending on what you call the UK). This designation is not a designation of nature conservation value, although not surprisingly many World Heritage Sites are of immense nature conservation significance. Examples in the UK include:

Stonehenge
Avebury
Durham Cathedral and Castle
Giant's Causeway
Fountains Abbey
Hadrian's Wall
Blenheim Palace
City of Bath