24 July 2023

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Included In Unique UK UNESCO Sites On New Illustrated Map

Ignite your summer adventures and discover the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site alongside 57 other unique UNESCO sites in the UK and crown dependencies thanks to a newly illustrated map, now available to download for free from the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

The new map includes all 58 UK UNESCO sites for the first time

The map is illustrated by artist Tom Woolley

Visitors are encouraged to discover new sites and destinations on their doorstep

From expansive mountain ranges and stunning coastlines to vibrant cities and rural landscapes - the UK's UNESCO sites are destinations of world-class natural and cultural heritage. For the first time a map, designed by the creative cartographer Tom Woolley, brings together all of the Biosphere Reserves, Creative Cities, Global Geoparks and World Heritage Sites across the British Isles that are waiting to be discovered.

Visitors to the sites are invited to immerse themselves in the spectacular vistas of the slate landscape of Northwest Wales or the Scottish Highlands. Dive into the literary heritage of Manchester or Edinburgh. Scale the mountains of the English Lake District or the peaks of Fforest Fawr. Uncover legends and folklore along the Giant's Causeway or Stonehenge. Breathe in the sea air of Brighton and Lewes, North Devon or the English Riviera. Tackle the northernmost frontiers of the Roman empire by foot or by bike. Stroll around one of the great spa towns of Europe in Bath or a landed estate at Blenheim Palace. And dance the night away in an iconic concert hall in Belfast or at a festival under the stars at one of the world's largest deep space observatories at Jodrell Bank.

The new map, released online this week, includes 29 World Heritage Sites, 13 Creative Cities, 9 Global Geoparks and 7 Biosphere Reserves that cover 13% of the UK’s landmass. Most of the sites are free to enter and conveniently accessible by public transport offering the public new experiences to discover UNESCO sites in the UK and mark this summer with a visit to one of the world’s most special places.

There are plenty of ways to explore and discover the ten separate Areas that make up the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Each has its own character, opportunities for adventure, and a different combination of the features that make up the Cornish Mining landscape. Why not visit one our Key Centres (Geevor Mine, Heartlands or Tavistock Guildhall) or Area Centres (John Harvey’s House, Godolphin House, Gwennap Pit, St Agnes Museum or Wheal Martyn) this summer? Or, make the most of the good weather and enjoy 60km of mining trails in and around Camborne and Redruth on foot, bike or horseback - https://cdn.cornishmining.org.uk/media/pdfs/Mining_Trails_Guide.pdf. 

However you choose to explore the World Heritage Site, here are some tips and reminders - https://www.cornishmining.org.uk/about/about-the-whs/visiting-a-whs

If you would like to support Cornish Mining, you can now become a member for just £24/year -  https://www.cornishmining.org.uk/support/get-involved

Not only will you help us to continue our valuable work, but we will also share our in-depth materials with you as a thank you in the member’s area of our website.   

James Bridge, Chief Executive and Secretary-General of the UK National Commission for UNESCO said: 

“This new UNESCO in the UK map will inspire people for places to visit. It shows at a glance the breadth of amazing natural, cultural and built heritage designated by UNESCO as internationally significant in the UK. This great map highlights places to explore, on your doorstep and further afield, both the famous and those to discover for the first time.”

Stuart McLeod, Director of England - London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 

“We are delighted to support this project which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will help to inspire more people to visit the fantastic UNESCO sites across the UK. Heritage has a huge role to play in bringing people together and any way that we can enable and inspire this to happen is hugely positive.”

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Minister for Arts & Heritage in the UK Government said: 

"The UK is home to so many extraordinary cultural and natural heritage sites – from Stonehenge and the North Pennines to the Giant's Causeway, Fforest Fawr and Wester Ross. I hope this beautiful new map will encourage even more people to get out this summer and explore the wide range of wonderful locations recognised by UNESCO in every corner of our country."

Sally Weston, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Lead, says: 

“As one of the 29 World Heritage Sites featured on the map, we are delighted to be a part of this exciting initiative. It will help to promote our World Heritage Site in a national context – ten diverse landscapes, including distinctive coasts, moors and valleys, punctuated by a variety of mining heritage features, that captures the very essence of Cornish mining history.”

The map was produced by the UK National Commission for UNESCO as part of its Local to Global project, made possible with the GREAT Campaign and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players. Local to Global aims to develop a resilient network for UNESCO Designated Sites in the UK.

The map can be downloaded from: https://unesco.org.uk/our-sites