The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, including St Margaret’s Church was inscribed as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1987. The inclusion of this group of buildings on the world heritage list makes them one of 981 sites worldwide considered to have ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ as part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage. A map showing the boundaries of the World Heritage Site is available to download below.
The reasons for the inscription and why the site is considered to be of outstanding universal value can be summarised as follows:
Further information on the unique qualities, history and significance of the site can be found in the Westminster World Heritage Site Management Plan (available below). The conservation area audit for Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square Conservation Area also contains further information on the site and its context, including important views.
The Westminster World Heritage Site Steering Group comprises all organisations involved in the management and protection of the site and this is currently chaired by Westminster City Council. Latest minutes are available below.
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