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Historic Buildings & Monuments

The UK has a full and varied history. Many activities, events, battles, wars, builders, inventions, invasions, fires, diseases and peoples have all changed and left a rich tapestry of heritage behind. Many people like myself believe it important to preserve the physical evidence that has been left behind so that we can better understand the past and save it for for future generations.

Some of the organisations involved in the preservation and restoration of these sites are listed below and it is important that they are fully supported to protect the past from destruction or decay. It is possible to join some of these organisations for a small fee and help support the cause. In return you may receive entry discounts and access to thousands of historic sites.

Some locations have worldwide significance and have been granted World Heritage sites in order to preserve them. There are 29 of these sites in the United Kingdom or in overseas territories.


New Lanark

Blenheim Palace

Canterbury Cathedral

Liverpool Waterfront

Ironbridge Gorge

Maritime Greenwich

Kew Gardens


Fountains Abbey

Tower of London

Palace of Westminster

Giants Causeway

Derwent Valley Mills

Dorset Jurassic Coast

Durham Castle & Cathedral

Forth Bridge

Cornwall Mining Landscape

City of Bath

Hadrian & Antonine Walls

Neolithic Orkney

Castles & Walls of Wales

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal

Edinburgh Old Town - Middle Ages

Edinburgh New Town - 17th C

Open-air Living Museums

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The United Kingdom has a number of sites where open-air museums have been created. Inside these areas buildings and sometimes entire villages have been preserved.

Blists Hill - Ironbridge - is a recreation of a Victorian village. Visitors can exchange modern money for old English coins that can be spent in the village. Victorian townsfolk go about their daily lives as it was at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign. Trades men and women demonstrate the skills and activities common during that period. School children can attend a Victorian class to experience what it was like during those times.

Beamish - is an open-air museum that replicates a working Northern town from the early 20th century. Costumed staff recreate Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life. The village is complete trams, buses, school, church, railway station, colliery village, home farm and even a chip shop.

Black Country Open-air museum - is an award winning open air living museum that tells the story of the world's first industrial landscape with buildings, vehicles, objects and costumed characters for you to interact with and explore. With a village and charismatic residents to chat with. Trams to ride. Games to play. Things being made. Stories to hear of triumphs and troubles. There are lots of things to enjoy.

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