UK in the top 10 of UNESCO countries – two UK sites make it on the most popular list

David Attenborough reveals where the Jurassic Coast is

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Whether cultural or natural, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are attractions for tourists all over the world. UNESCO turned 75 this month, and its mission to “build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture” is still relevant today.

The competition for the most World Heritage Sites was won by Italy, with 58 sites, followed by China with 56 and Germany with 51.

The UK, with 33 sites came eighth.

The sites are predominantly cultural, with only four natural: Dorset and East Devon Coast, Giant’s Causeway, Gough and Inaccessible Islands and Henderson Island.

St Kilda is considered a mixed site.

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Some notable cultural sites include the Lake District, Kew Gardens, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, frontiers of the Roman Empire or Blenheim Palace.

Two of the UK sites made it on the list of most popular World Heritage Sites in 2021.

Just missing out the top 10, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh was 11th.

And at number 28 was the Dorset and East Devon Coast, which beat Italy’s Dolomites and the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.

The Jurassic Coast goes from Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage and is one of the most popular UK holiday destinations.

One of the coast’s most famous sights is Durdle Door, which has recently been named one of the seven natural wonders of the UK.

The most popular UNESCO site in the world was the Historic Centre of Rome, followed by Rio de Janeiro and Venice and its Lagoon.

A spokesperson from Design Bundles, who commissioned the study, said: “This study shows that these stunning places still inspire and amaze people around the world.

“They are likely to be high on the list of people’s dream destinations as the world begins to open up again.”

Top 10 countries with the most World Heritage Sites 2021

1. Italy

2. China

3. Germany

4. France

5. Spain

6. India

7. Mexico

8. UK

9. Russia

10. Iran

Design Bundles

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