Lake District National Park Awarded Unesco World Heritage Status


Update: Sunday 9th July 2017 – 

The Lake District has joined the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu by being awarded Unesco World Heritage status.

The national park was one of 33 sites around the world to be discussed by the Unesco committee in Krakow, Poland. The committee praised the area’s beauty, farming and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers.

It is the 31st place in the UK and overseas territories to be put on the Unesco World Heritage List …read more

Published 6th June 2016 – In 2016 the Lake District National Park will apply to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lake District National Park Partnership is working on the nomination to the UK Government and UNESCO, and a wider group of organisations are supporting the bid. Find out more about supporters of the World Heritage bid.

There have been previous bids. In 1986 and 1989 the bids were deferred because the Lake District did not easily fit into the categories of World Heritage sites that existed then. In 1993 UNESCO introduced ‘Cultural Landscape’ as a World Heritage Site category. This was in direct response to the Lake District’s previous nominations.

In the 1980s one of the principal questions raised by UNESCO was about Cumbria’s ability to deliver a World Heritage Site Management Plan. This was remedied through the establishment of the Lake District National Park Partnership in 2006 – a unified approach to managing the Lake District and production of the Partnership’s Plan.

Being ranked alongside the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal is likely to make a wider audience aware of the Lake District’s cultural landscape. But bringing additional visitors to Cumbria through World Heritage status is not a specific aim. It is more probable that World Heritage inscription will be useful in attracting higher spending, longer staying national and international tourists who respect the landscape and explore Cumbria more.

How can we get involved?

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the journey to World Heritage status. Take a look at our Get Involved page for ideas.

Ways to show your support – Share your Lake District story

Use the hashtag #lakedistrictbid when sharing your photos, messages and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, YouTube and other social media channels. These will be pulled through to the Your Story newsfeed and shared as part of the story to support the World Heritage bid. Your content will be moderated prior to going live on the feed.

This is an opportunity for you to share your story – whether you are visiting, living, working, farming or learning in the Lake District – we believe it is the blend of people and place that makes the Lake District worthy of World Heritage status.

Lakes World Heritage Bid – Join the bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.





Rohan Heritage

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