Wales' UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wales showcase the area's historical significance. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wrexham is a waterway notable for its engineering and architecture. The town of Blaenavon is important because it was one of the major producers of iron and ore in Wales. It is also home to the Big Pit museum where visitors can tour an underground mine. In this video, we explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are present in Wales. Footage courtesy of Visit Wales.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Although Wales has been called the castle capital of the world, there are a number of other attractions in the country that are worth visiting as well. It is also home of various World Heritage Sites that are considered vital the history of humanity and are protected for their significance.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

In Wrexham, you will find the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee Valley. Built in the nineteenth century, the navigable waterway has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its masterful engineering and architecture. It can be crossed by foot or by boat and offers magnificent views of the area.


The industrial landscape of Blaenavon is another UNESCO World Heritage Site found in Wales. This area is important because the town still holds evidence of its status as a major nineteenth century producer of iron and coal. For instance, the Blaenavon Ironworks, which are now a museum, was essential for developing iron ores around the world.

The Big Pit

The Big Pit was turned into a museum, and was originally a coal mine. Now, visitors can explore its workings with a tour underground. For a general overview of the area, you can check out the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, which hosts exhibitions and contains several facilities.

Global Significance

The World Heritage Sites found in Wales are not only significant to the country’s history, but to the history of the entire world. This is just one reason why they should be visited when traveling to this United Kingdom country.

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