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The best of British

From the mining landscape of Devon and Cornwall in the south, to Neolithic Orkney in the north, Britain boasts a host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so maybe there's one you can visit near you. If there isn't, why not take a look at our photo gallery and start planning your next getaway?

There are lots of places of cultural and natural heritage around the British Isles that UNESCO considers to have outstanding universal value. They range from the great megalithic blocks of Stonehenge and Avebury to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, from the breath-taking feat of engineering that is Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to the awe-inspiring Gothic monumentalism of Westminster Abbey. They include castles, cathedrals and palaces, religious and public monuments, gardens and natural and industrial landscapes, the ancient and the relatively modern. We've chosen a selection from the 25 UNESCO sites around the British Isles. What do you think?

Check out the full list on the UNESCO website.

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Greenwich
The stark white symmetry of the seventeenth century Queen’s House is only a part of the fascinating complex that makes up Maritime Greenwich alongside the Thames on the outskirts of London, home to the Greenwich meridian - the baseline for the world’s time zone system 

Westminster Abbey
Since the eleventh century, all the sovereigns have been crowned in Westminster Abbey, which houses the tombs of many of the nation's greatest figures from the fields of politics, literature and science 

Tower of London
Dating from the times of William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has witnessed nearly a thousand years of the nation's history 

Wales
Along with the fortified towns at Conwy and Caernarfon, the four castles of Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech are a supreme example of medieval military architecture designed by King Edward I of England’s chief architect 

Kew Gardens
Created in 1759, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, in west London, is a haven of tranquility within easy reach of the capital 

Liverpool
As a maritime centre of commerce, Liverpool played a key role in the growth of the British Empire as well as developing innovative technologies in dock construction and port management in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries 

Giants' Causeway
Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is a unique rock formation of over 40,000 black basalt columns that rise out of the sea and has been the subject of myths and legends for centuries 

Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury, home to Christ Church Cathedral - scene of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 - St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church, has been a place of pilgrimage since Chaucer's time 

Ironbridge
In the heart of the green Shropshire countryside, Ironbridge is world famous as a symbol of the Industrial Revolution, and, as its name suggests, home to the world's first bridge constructed of iron 

Durham Cathedral
The largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England, Durham Cathedral was built to house the relics of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede 

Hadrian's Wall
The 118-kilometre-long Hadrian's Wall was built in the second century AD and indicates the northernmost limits of the Roman Empire in Britannia 

New Lanark cotton mills
Set amidst the beautiful scenery of Scotland, the eighteenth-century village of New Lanark was transformed into a model industrial community by the Utopian Robert Owen 

Stonehenge
The iconic silhouette of the megaliths at Stonehenge are part of a complex of prehistoric monuments that also includes the henge at Avebury and Silbury Hill 

Blenheim Palace
Set in a romantic park landscaped by the great 'Capability' Brown, Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, was the birthplace of Winston Churchill 

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The geology of Dorset and the East Devon Coast displays some 185 million years of the planet's history and is considered by earth scientists to be one of the most significant teaching and research sites in the world 

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