Welsh Slate Landscape UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Becomes the 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK, joining the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon National Park and Machu Picchu
- UK Government Heritage Minister Caroline Dinenage hails the announcement as a huge achievement and testament to the importance of Wales’ slate mining heritage
The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales has become the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been granted the accolade today, at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee.
The landscape has become the UK’s 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the 4th in Wales, following the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Blaenavon Industrial Landscape and the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd.
The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales, which runs through Gwynedd, became the world leader for the production and export of slate in the 1800s. Slate has been quarried in the…