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Make time to drop by the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

December 12th, 2018


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO lists and legally protect locations and landmarks that present cultural, historical, scientific and other importance to humankind and has been doing so for over 30 years. Currently, the organisation has marked a total of 1,073 sites across the globe and 31 of the protected locations lie scattered across the UK! The UK’s latest contribution, Lake District, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2017! Heritage sites ranging from landscapes and castles to bridges and factories dot the captivating countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wherever your campervan or motorhome exploits may direct you, be sure to add one of these locations to your schedule. If you’re in need of campervan or motorhome insurance take a look at Camperbug’s fabulous annual and daily insurance plans!


1. Lake District – UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site


Ullswater, The Lake District. Image by Jake Cook on Flickr


Set just below the Scottish border, England’s Lake District covers a whopping 885 square miles within Cumbria and contains 50 glittering mountain tarns and lakes plus England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
The terrain is not suited for farming yet serves as an ideal climate for sheep rearing. The region was initially graced by the holidaying Victorians who followed the first railroads into the area.

The striking beauty and quietness of Lake District do not fail to leave its mark on ambitious and famed wordsmiths and romantic poets. The picturesque landscape has seduced the likes of Wordsworth, Keats and Tennyson. Beatrix Potter lived in Lake District and operated a farm. She strived to maintain Lake District’s charming life and purchased acres of farmland and pastures. Upon her death, her lands and significant fortune left to the National Trust.


2. The city of Bath


The Roman baths. Image by bvi4092 on / CC BY


The city of Bath needs no introduction! The 2,000-year-old Roman baths make up a tiny trickle of Roman baths around the globe that utilise organic hot springs as natural heating! The entire city of Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987 and is one of the earliest world cities to make it on the list. The Roman baths, the temple compound and the relics of the Roman town Aquae Sulis are considered some of the most important Roman remains.

If that isn’t impressive enough, the city of Bath contains magnificent Palladian architecture that advanced under the rule of George III. The constriction is woven around the Roman baths further enhancing and preserving its construction.

The city of Bath offers more than just a historical and cultural stop. A lively town, Bath was once home to Jane Austen and now houses a wealth of lovely eateries, great shopping opportunities, a vibrant cultural scene and many unique museums. While Jane Austen and many of her beloved, plucky heroines sniffed at Baths supplementary social scene of the time, we’re sure she’d be suitably impressed with the excellent progress in the city.


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3. The Castle and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd


Harlech Castle. Photo credit: nicksarebi on / CC BY


King Edward, I had a plan. He wanted to frighten the Welsh and have them appoint him as their sovereign ruler, and in response, he constructed an ambitious construction schedule to compliment his 13th-century wars against the Welsh. The English king enclosed the northern Welsh province of Gwynedd within three fortified castles titled Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarvon and Conwy. The fort erected by the kings chosen architect James of St. George who, by serving master and king, constructed Europe’s grandest military architecture of the 13th and 14th century.


4. Dorset and the East Devon Coast


Durdle Door. Image by Kosala Bandara on Flickr


Staying true to the similarly titled film Jurassic Park, Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch comprising of the East Devon and Devon Coast. Made up of untamed beaches, dramatic white cliffs and intriguing rock formation, the World Heritage Site on the English Channel contain Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs that provide a wealth of buried history tracing back over 185 million years ago. It’s probably the best location to search for dinosaur track footprints and fossils!


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5. Neolithic Orkney


Skara Brae. Image by Shadowgate on Flickr


For a closer look at prehistoric construction, make time for a visit to the Orkney Islands. Some ancient structures are so old they predate the Pyramids and even Stonehenge! Take a walk along the island and view the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness, The Ring of Brodga or the Maeshowe burial mound that contains a wealth of Viking Runes. There’s even a 5,000-year-old village called Skara Brae!


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