The Lake District has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its natural beauty.
"A priceless and irreplaceable asset, not only to the UK but to humanity as a whole"... but don't take their word for it, come and experience it for yourself on a Lake District holiday!
We are delighted with the decision made at a meeting of United Nations cultural body UNESCO in Krakow, Poland, where 33 different sites were under consideration for the award. Our region was praised by the committee for the inspiration that its natural beauty has provided for generations of writers, artists and poet William Wordsworth, who described the lakes as "the loveliest spot man hath found".
Our beautiful region, famed for its stunning scenery, joins the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon on the illustrious list and is the UK’s first national park to be given the status.
It was our region's third attempt to be awarded the status and it was a journey which has taken 30 years.
John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: "The Lake District is one of the UK's most stunning and ancient landscapes and I am thrilled it has been granted World Heritage Site status. It is a unique part of the world that combines a vibrant farming community with thousands of archaeological sites and structures that give us an amazing glimpse into our past."
Castle Rigg Stone Circle
The Lake District has provided inspiration for some of the country’s best-loved writers including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. It also boasts sites of historical importance such as King Arthur’s Round Table and is home to England's largest natural lake - Windermere - and highest mountain - Scafell Pike.
It is the 31st place in the UK to make the list, following in the footsteps of Stonehenge, the city of Bath and Canterbury Cathedral.