World Heritage Sites in London

London is a city steeped in history and it even has four sites and attractions listed by UNESCO as being of special cultural or physical significance.

Each of these sites and attractions has a rich history combined with a unique architectural design.

London also has many other historic sites, such as those looked after by English Heritage and also a whole host of free-to-enter National Trust buildings.

Enjoy these UNESCO world heritage sites and allow them to give you a unique flavour of what the capital has to offer.

1. Cutty Sark

Venture onto one of the world's most famous ships and the last surviving tea clipper. Part of world heritage site, Maritime Greenwich, Cutty Sark has a rich history that can be explored by walking along the many decks and passageways. Don't miss special events and activities throughout the year.

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2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Enjoy a great day out at one of the world's most famous gardens. Explore over 130 hectares of gardens with more than 30,000 types of plant and wander through the glasshouses. There are also four cafes and restaurants and a lake. Step inside Kew Palace to discover its history.

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3. Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory Greenwich is home to Greenwich Mean Time, the Meridian line and London's planetarium. There's plenty to do, after you've jumped between the Eastern and Western hemispheres, take in a planetarium show, see London's only public camera obscura, or visit the time galleries.

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4. Tower of London

Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king's bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

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5. Westminster Abbey

Fully deserving of its world heritage status, more than one million visitors a year flock to this 700-year-old building. Head to one of its highly popular tours and take in a site steeped in the history of British Kings and Queens of old.

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6. Greenwich Park

Stop off in London’s oldest Royal Park, Greenwich Park, for breathtaking views over the river Thames and the City of London. The former hunting park is still home to a small herd of deer, as well as the Prime Meridian Line, Royal Observatory, and several cafes.

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7. Houses of Parliament

Discover one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Houses of Parliament, which is the hub of Britain’s political activity.  Marvel at the building from afar or take an audio and guided tour and learn about the Gunpowder plot and other major events.

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8. National Maritime Museum

One of the world's greatest maritime museums, the National Maritime Museum contains models, paintings and trophies from every continent. Find out about the traditions of maritime London, recall the romance of great ocean liners, and study the controversial history of trade across the Atlantic.

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9. Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is a World Heritage Site designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Experience this twin-domed masterpiece in the heart of Greenwich and explore more than 500 years of British history at the acclaimed Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre.

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10. Queen's House

Enjoy this charming World Heritage Site and bask in hundreds of years of British history. Marvel at the "Tulip Staircase" and cubic Great Hall or simply enjoy fantastic views over Greenwich Park in this first Palladian-style house in England.

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11. Big Ben

Gaze up at the world's most famous bell tower. Officially named the Elizabeth Tower, the tower is commonly referred to as Big Ben, a name which actually refers to its bell. Making up part of the Houses of Parliament, enjoy its distinctive chime and marvel at its fantastic infrastructure. Tours are only possible if you make an application through your MP. Read More

12. St Margaret's Church

Situated in the grounds of Westminster, St Margaret's Church is the least known of London's World Heritage Sites but one of the most architecturally beautiful. Enjoy the east window of Flemish stained glass and spend time in the main hall where former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was married.

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