Jodrell Bank Observatory

Brief description

Located in a rural area of northwest England, free from radio interference, Jodrell Bank is one of the world’s leading radio astronomy observatories. At the beginning of its use, in 1945, the site housed research on cosmic rays detected by radar echoes. This observatory, which is still in operation, includes several radio telescopes and working buildings, including engineering sheds and the Control Building.

When it was built, in 1957, the Lovell Telescope was the world’s largest steerable dish radio telescope.

Jodrell Bank has had substantial scientific impact in fields such as the study of meteors and the moon, the discovery of quasars, quantum optics, and the tracking of spacecraft. This exceptional technological ensemble illustrates the transition from traditional optical astronomy to radio astronomy (1940s to 1960s), which led to radical changes in the understanding of the universe.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1594

I have not yet visited this site – although my mum remembers seeing one of the large dish telescopes when it was newly built. You might even be able to see them from the M6 motorway!

From my collection


Cards to swap

Spares of the card above, and the card below are available to swap.



English riviera: Global geopark

Designated: 2015


The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is situated within the stunning, rolling hills on the south coast of Devon, southern England.

Unique in Western Europe, the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is geologically renowned for its 350-400 million year old Marine Devonian limestones of great historical importance. The rich faunas yielded by these rocks were used, in part, to characterize the original Devonian System of the pioneering geologists Sedgwick and Murchison which was named after Devon the county within which the Geopark is situated. In addition, excellent exposures of classic desert sandstone and breccia in the 300-250 million years old Permian “Red Bed” sequences are recorded. The limestones themselves also include important Quaternary karstic features such as Kents Cavern. Pengelly’s excavations of the caves in the nineteenth century influenced public opinion worldwide as to the antiquity of man.

Encompassing the entire area of Torbay, including the three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham the boundary of the UNESCO Global Geopark follows that of Torbay Council Unitary boundary.

Website references


Yes – passing through. But one to explore.




The English Lake District

Brief description

Located in northwest England, the English Lake District is a mountainous area, whose valleys have been modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age and subsequently shaped by an agro-pastoral land-use system characterized by fields enclosed by walls. The combined work of nature and human activity has produced a harmonious landscape in which the mountains are mirrored in the lakes. Grand houses, gardens and parks have been purposely created to enhance the beauty of this landscape. This landscape was greatly appreciated from the 18th century onwards by the Picturesque and later Romantic movements, which celebrated it in paintings, drawings and words. It also inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them.

Unesco WHS list ref: 422

I grew up in this area, so although I haven’t visited for many years, I know parts of it very well. I’ve climbed many of the hills, and spent time exploring lakes, waterfalls and enjoying the scenery – including the beautiful Wastwater screes and Great Gable, shown in the card below.

From my collection



Cards to swap

Lots of cards available from this site – scans to be added.

Gorham’s Cave Complex

Brief description

The steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar contain four caves with archaeological and paleontological deposits that provide evidence of Neanderthal occupation over a span of more than 125,000 years. This exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Neanderthals is seen notably in evidence of the hunting of birds and marine animals for food, the use of feathers for ornamentation and the presence of abstract rock engravings.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1500

I have never visited this site.

From my collection

I don’t have any cards to represent this site yet.

Cards to swap

No spare cards available from this site.

Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church

Brief description

This site in Kent comprises 3 distinct areas: the cathedral, which is the oldest in England and a magnet for pilgrims and tourists alike, St Augustine’s Abbey – now a ruin in the care of English Heritage, and St Martin’s Church – a short walk from the other 2 and much less visited, this small church is the oldest in England.

Its probably one of the closest sites to where I live, so we’ve visited many times.

Unesco WHS list ref: 496


From my collection

I have too many cards to count! I share here one of each part of the site:




Cards to swap


Canterbury – 1

Canterbury – 2

Canterbury – 3

Canterbury – 4

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

Brief description

This site comprises the 4 castles commissioned by King Edward: Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy.

I went to university in Wales, but I haven’t visited all of these castles yet. I’ve seen Harlech, but am looking forward to seeing the others – especially Caernarfon, where you can stay in part of it, as it is managed by the Landmark Trust!

Unesco WHS list ref: 374

From my collection

Cards of each castle:





Cards to swap


Wales – 1

Wales – 2, Harlech

Wales – 3, Conwy

Wales – 4, Caernarfon

Wales – 5, Caernarfon 2

Wales – 6, Harlech 2

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Brief description

Lots of sites make up this WHS, including ruined mines perched precariously on clifftops, and restored mine engines which give a hint of the industry which went on. In the early 19th century, the region produced 2/3 of the world’s supply of copper, and the miners also extracted tin.

We’ve visited a couple of times, this mine engine is near Redruth

Unesco WHS list ref: 1215

From my collection


Cards to swap


cornwall-1Cornwall – 1
cornwall-2Cornwall – 2 (remaining card of this mine is in portrait format – same view with sea and cliffs)

Cornwall – 3

Cornwall – 4