World Heritage Day, also known as the International Monuments and Sites Day, is a day filled with the celebration of heritage across the world. It’s about spreading awareness of the importance of diversity across natural and cultural heritage, while making preservation efforts for future generations to come. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sites are cultural or natural sites with 'Outstanding Universal Value' to us and future generations.


This year we celebrate World Heritage Day on 18th April. The day grants us the perfect opportunity to venture into the outdoors and enjoy the beauty offered to us across a number of heritage sites. From breathtaking landscapes to magnificent historical sites, we have some fantastic recommendations to keep you busy. In this guide you'll find our top picks for visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK. 


Bath, Somerset

The city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for its history, Georgian architecture, and natural hot springs. Filled with Roman and Georgian heritage, Bath boasts iconic landmarks such as the Roman Baths, the Royal Cresent, and the Bath Abbey.


When visiting Bath, outdoor lovers can immerse themselves in the ancient Roman bathing rituals, wander alongside the beautiful stone buildings, or explore galleries and museums. Whether you are drawn to Bath for its architectural magnificence, cultural attractions, or even the therapeutic spa treatments on offer for a blend of history and relaxation, a visit to Bath promises an unforgettable passage through time and heritage.  


If you’re heading to the Roman Baths after a trip to the Bath Assembly Rooms, why not pop into our store along the way, which is conveniently located in the middle. Ideal for a quick browse!


Roman Baths, Somerset - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire -UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Garden, Yorkshire

The ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Garden, a UNESCO Heritage Site located in North Yorkshire offers a captivating blend of medieval ruins and picturesque landscapes. For centuries, individuals have been drawn to this site with compelling history dating back to the 12th century.


The ruins of Fountains Abbey stand as a testament to architectural skill and are an interesting visit. Neighbouring the Abbey is the Studley Royal Garden, one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian water garden in England. The garden enchants outdoor enthusiasts with ornamental lakes, canals, and eye-catching greenery.


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Garden offer a captivating journey through time and nature. For those seeking further exploration, our Harrogate store in North Yorkshire is a quick 24-minute drive away from this site.


Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is a renown UNESCO World Heritage site which invites visitors to immerse themselves in magnificent Baroque architecture which is characterised by ornate detailing and symmetrical design. Blenheim Palace was constructed in the early 18th century as a symbol of victory and power, creating an awe-inspiring visit.

A visit to Blenheim Palace will provide you with a trip through time with a glimpse into the grandeur of Britain’s aristocratic past. For those eager to extend their adventure, our nearby Oxford store is a 26-minute drive away!


Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Saltaire Salts Mill, Shipley  UNESCO World Heritage Site

Salts Mill, Saltaire, Shipley 

Salts Mill, once a busy textile mill which opened in 1853, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers a unique blend of art, history, and culture nestled within the scenic surroundings of West Yorkshire. Visiting this site not only provides a fascinating glimpse into the industrial past of Yorkshire, but the picturesque village of Saltaire and surrounding countryside offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration, from walks along the river Aire to hikes along the nearby woodlands and moors.


Whether you’re drawn to the promise of historical interest and galleries, or the beauty of the landscape, Salts Mill offers something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. And while you’re visiting, you’ll find Rohan stocked in the Trek and Trail Saltaire store, perfect for picking up any last-minute essentials while exploring the area!


The Lake District, Cumbria

The Lake District was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017 due to its universal value as a cultural landscape, and in recognition of the inspiration the region has had on artists, writers, and poets for many years. When visiting the Lake District, you can enjoy hikes, walks, or even kayaking while taking in the stunning scenery this heritage site has to offer.

The Lake District offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature, creating an unforgettable outdoor experience for nature lovers. If you want to stock up on adventure essentials or chat to fellow outdoor enthusiasts, our Ambleside and Keswick shops are perfectly located to drop in on your trips across the Lake District.


Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site


Each of these locations offer a unique glimpse into history, culture, and impressive natural landscapes. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to delve deep into the discovery of heritage sites this World Heritage Day.

For those who decide to visit one of our stores local to heritage sites, our team are ready to provide you with a warm welcome and local expertise to enhance your heritage experience.