Stonehenge World Heritage Site

In 1986, Stonehenge was designated by UNESCO, together with Avebury, as the “Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site”. The description of the World Heritage Site (WHS) includes a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value which explains why the WHS is considered to be of such importance to mankind. The UK Government is signatory to the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Article 4 of the Convention states that:

“Each State Party to this Convention recognizes that the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage referred to in Articles 1 and 2 and situated on its territory, belongs primarily to that State. It will do all it can to this end, to the utmost of its own resources and, where appropriate, with any international assistance and co-operation, in particular, financial, artistic, scientific and technical, which it may be able to obtain.”

UNESCO requires States Party to the Convention to produce management plans for their WHSs. Until 2015, Stonehenge and Avebury previously had separate management plans but a management plan for the whole WHS has now been published.

The new Management Plan includes a useful set of maps showing different aspects of the WHS:

Stonehenge WHS maps

Maps of Stonehenge World Heritage Site

You can write and urge UNESCO to to demand that the widened A303 must not cause further damage to Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Email UNESCO here today!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

“World Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.” UNESCO World Heritage

The full list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and details about them can be found here.

The UK is a signatory to the ‘Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage’.  The World Heritage Convention can be found here.  Of particular relevance to our campaign is Article 4 quoted above.

UNESCO & Stonehenge WHS updates

UNESCO’s mission, which visited Stonehenge in October 2015 to understand the changes that were being considered, published its report in May 2016.


They interviewed a number of stakeholders including The Stonehenge Alliance.    Our report is here and BBC press report here.

Previously, In response to our campaign UNESCO made the following statement on 19 May 2015:


Click on image to see statement in full.


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