York is a city with an outstanding past. The quality and range of historic buildings, monuments and archaeological deposits make it one of the most interesting and important historic places in the world.

World Heritage Sites

A 'World Heritage Site' is a place which meets certain criteria for outstanding universal cultural value. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) nominates sites for World Heritage status in the UK, and UNESCO decides whether or not to add them to the list of World Heritage Sites.

York's World Heritage status

We would like York to gain World Heritage status so the unique qualities of the city are recognised and celebrated. Such status would deliver a number of significant economic and social benefits for the city.

The York World Heritage Steering Group currently meets regularly to draft a bid for the next available opportunity to present our case for World Heritage status.

See information about why the Group wants to bid for World Heritage Site status for York, and details of a previous application for World Heritage Site status.

The UK Tentative List of World Heritage sites is closed at present.

Also see

Heritage Gateway

Search local and national records of England's historic sites and buildings.

Heritage Gateway


City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA