Shafts of sunlight over the Langdale Pikes copyright Val Corbett

World Heritage Inscription for the Lake District

The Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn more about what this means for protecting our landscape, preserving our traditions, and how the inscription can be used to promote our rich and diverse visitor economy.

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 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.