Bringing the benefits of
UNESCO to the UK

Welcome to UNESCO in the UK

The United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) is the focal point for all UNESCO-related matters in the UK and a constitutional part of the UK’s membership of UNESCO.

The UKNC brings the benefits of UNESCO programmes and international agreements in education, science, culture, and communication and information, to government, academic community, and broader civil society, and ensures that these audiences fully contribute to, and shape, UNESCO’s global aims and activities.

An independent, not-for-profit organisation, the UKNC is one of a network of around 200 National Commissions for UNESCO around the world.

Our areas of work

Our Designations

Far more than just World Heritage sites… click on the appropriate image below to learn about each type of UNESCO designation in the UK.

UNESCO sites cover 12% of the land mass of the United Kingdom

UNESCO status protects our most outstanding culture and nature.

Discover the National Value of UNESCO to the UK

UNESCO in the UK facts and figures

  • 25,000 km2 covered
  • 64 physical UNESCO sites
  • £150 million generated in annual revenue
  • 174 designations including Memory of the World

Latest News from UNESCO in the UK

UK National Commission for UNESCO
98, 3 Whitehall Ct
United Kingdom

(PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept in-person visits without an appointment).