Shafts of sunlight over the Langdale Pikes copyright Val Corbett

World Heritage Inscription for the Lake District

International recognition

A group of local, regional and national organisations worked together to make the Lake District a World Heritage Site. We are now England's premier national park joining Egypt's pyramids, the Taj Mahal and Hadrian's Wall as an internationally recognised site.

A cultural landscape

This partnership is sought inscription under the cultural landscape category. The spectacular landscape of the Lake District has been shaped by farming, industry, picturesque landscape design and the conservation movement. It stimulated poets and artists of the romantic movement from the late 18th century and conservationists from the 19th century.

It continues to culturally inspire the millions who seek out what captivated Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.


The Lake District has become a World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim. Find out how you can celebrate the identity, inspiration and conservation of the Lake District on our Lake District World Heritage website.

On 26 March 2018, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, unveiled a special installation to mark the National Park’s World Heritage inscription at a special community event at Crow Park, Keswick. The special inscription event was made possible through funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development as part of the LEADER programme.

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