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Heritage Sites in the U.K

There are around 480,800 objects in the Heritage collections. This includes 1,218 easel paintings and frames at 28 sites, with paintings by Rembrandt, Velazquez and Vermeer.

Some of the significant historic artefacts include Charles Darwin’s notebooks, Queen Victoria’s bathing machine and the Duke of Wellington’s boots

English Heritage runs the London Blue Plaque scheme, with over 900 plaques across the city

Below we have a selection of English Heritage Sites

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The stones stand around 4 metres high by 2 metres wide and weigh around 27 tons. It is believed that it could have been a burial ground. Today Stonehenge is one of the best known sights in the United Kingdom.

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is a Grade I listed building, and part of a heritage site that also includes the former monastic buildings to the north, which are also listed Grade I. The cathedral (formerly the abbey church of a Benedictine monastery, dedicated to Saint Werburgh) is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since 1541 it has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester. In addition to holding services for Christian worship, the buildings are a major tourist attraction in Chester and the cathedral is used as a venue for concerts and exhibitions.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by Henry VIII).

St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury

St Augustine’s Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in Canterbury, Kent, England. The abbey was founded in 598 and functioned as a monastery until its dissolution in 1538 during the English Reformation. After the abbey’s dissolution, it underwent dismantlement until 1848. Since 1848, part of the site has been used for educational purposes and the abbey ruins have been preserved for their historical value.

Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

The Secret Tunnels were originally used as weapons storage and this was also the case during World War 1, during the Second World War the tunnels were extended and used as a secret military command centre and underground hospital.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey. The abbey and its possessions were confiscated by the crown during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. The abbey church was situated overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. The substantial ruins of the church have been declared a Grade I Listed building and are in the care of English Heritage, while its site museum is housed in Cholmley House.

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