Local attractions on Heritage site list

Some of the regions biggest tourist attractions have been put forward by the Government to get World Heritage Status.

The famous Rows in Chester and Offa's Dyke on the Welsh border are on the list.

There are also nominations for the North Wales slate mining area and Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.

Other sites that already have World Heritage Status include the Great Wall of China and the Statue of Liberty.

The Government plans to submit a tentative list of sites to Unesco next year with a view to making nominations in 2012.

Tourism and heritage minister John Penrose said:

"The UK's heritage is world class and this list represents the unique variety and history present in all corners of this country and our overseas territories.

"We wanted a strong and varied list to eventually put to Unesco and I'm delighted that so many wonderful, diverse places have been put forward."

He went on: "Any list that includes Jodrell Bank, the Forth Bridge, Blackpool and the Turks and Caicos Islands certainly doesn't lack variety.

"But what all 38 sites have in common is a wow factor and a cultural resonance that makes them real contenders to sit alongside The Pyramids and Red Square in this most distinguished of gatherings."

Here's the list in full:

:: Arbroath Abbey, Scotland
:: The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
:: The Birth of the Railway Age, Greater Manchester area
:: Blackpool
:: The heroic period of civil and marine engineering in England 1822, Bristol
:: Bronte Landscape and Haworth Village. West Yorkshire
:: Brunel's Great Western Railway
:: Buildings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow
:: Chatham Dockyard and its Defences, Kent
:: Chester Rows, Chester
:: Colchester, Camulodunum and Colonia Victricensis, Essex
:: Creswell Crags, Derbyshire
:: The Hill of Derry, Northern Ireland
:: The Dover Strait, off Kent
:: The Flow Country, Caithness and Sutherland, Scotland
:: The Forth Bridge, Scotland
:: The Fountain Cavern, Anguilla, Caribbean
:: Gorham's Cave, Gibraltar
:: Gracehill Conservation area, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
:: Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
:: The Lake District
:: The Laxey Valley, Isle of Man
:: Historic Lincoln
:: Malone and Stranmillis Historic Urban Landscape. Belfast
:: Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
:: Merton Priory, Surrey
:: Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof: The Crucible of Iron Age, Shetland
:: The Royal Sites of Ireland - Navan Fort, Northern Ireland
:: The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
:: Slate Industry of North Wales
:: Offa's Dyke, England/Wales border
:: St Andrews, Medieval Burgh and Links, Scotland
:: Island of Saint Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
:: Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean
:: Tynwald Hill and environs, Norse assembly sites of NW Europe, Isle of Man
:: Former RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
:: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, England/Wales border
:: City of York