Lake District World Heritage Bid

The Lake District’s quest for World Heritage status was officially launched in 2014 with 25 of the area’s leading organisations formally endorsing the Lake District’s Nomination.

Partners including Cumbria Tourism, National Park Authority, the National Trust and Natural England agreed the documents that will make the Lake District’s case for being globally important and deserving its place on the prestigious World Heritage list. These were submitted to the UK government and Historic England in autumn 2015 ahead of the formal submission to UNESCO in the ‘cultural landscape’ category in early 2016.

In February 2016 the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) and Historic England submitted the four volume nomination to UNESCO, making the English Lake District the latest, and only, UK submission for World Heritage status in 2017.

The dossier will be reviewed during the next 12-18 months and include a visit to the Lake District, ahead of a decision being made in summer 2017.

We would love you to get involved with the World Heritage Bid campaign – use the hashtag #lakedistrictbid when sharing your photos, messages and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, YouTube and other social media channels. These will be pulled through to the ‘Your Story’ newsfeed on the Lake District World Heritage Bid website:

What can I do to find out more and join in?

  • Visit the brand new Bid website
  • Be inspired by our You Tube videos on the Lakes World Heritage channel.
  • Share photos of you out and about in the National Park and use #lakedistrictbid on your social media posts.

Watch our World Heritage campaign videos …

Our World Heritage campaign currently has 3 videos that you can share, they can be found on our youtube channel.

  1. View our youtube channel

For further information

Contact Sarah Jones on
01539 822222 or