Quiz: How well do you know the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

The UK is blessed with 33 sites that are prized by UNESCO for their outstanding universal value. How many are you familiar with?

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1. Which UNESCO site was added to the UK’s list of treasures in 2021?

The Crucible of Iron Age Shetland

Cheddar Gorge

The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales

Gaping Gill

2. Which of these palaces is on UNESCO’s list?

St James's Palace

Eltham Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Blenheim Palace

3. Volcanic activity 55 million years ago caused 40,000 basalt columns to jut out of the sea in Northern Ireland. What’s the name of this striking site?

The Basalt Coast

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Stepping Stones

County Antrim Park

4. How many castles make up the Welsh UNESCO site collectively known as Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd?

Two

Three

Four

Five

5. This Scottish archipelago is valued because of evidence of 2,000 years of human occupation and its colony of one million seabirds. What’s it called?

Shetlands

St Kilda

Orkney

Inner Hebrides

6. Built by the Normans in the 11th century, Durham Cathedral is also significant because three saints were laid to rest there. Who?

Thomas, John and Edward

Margaret, Hilda and Aelred

Cuthbert, Bede and Oswald

Wulfstan, Justus and Boniface

7. Ironbridge Gorge is special partly because its home to the world’s first iron bridge. Which town is it closest to?

Kidderminster

Shrewsbury

Oswestry

Telford

8. The 18th century village of New Lanark, made up of cotton mills, workers’ houses and a school, is credited to a philanthropist. Who?

Robert McLean

David Chalmers

John Christie

Robert Owen

9. Jodrell Bank Observatory is treasured because its studies have developed our understanding of space. Which town is it nearest to?

Macclesfield

Chesterfield

Crewe

Chester

10. Which engineer designed the 18km Pontcysyllte Aqueduct?

Tom Hurry Riches

Thomas Telford

Edward Leader Williams

James Green

11. Which river runs through Studley Royal Park, which is home to the ruins of Fountains Abbey?

River Ure

River Wharfe

River Skell

River Ouse

12. In which year did the Forth Bridge open?

1831

1890

1910

1925

13. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is valued for its contribution to botany and beautiful landscapes which were partly designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. What was his real first name?

Lancelot

Charles

William

David

14. Who is the 19th century industrial village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire named after?

Henry Salt

William Salt

Titus Salt

Isaac Salt

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