World Heritage in Edinburgh

We are currently reviewing the management plan for the old and new towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site. We will keep you informed of progress on the blog and on Twitter @planningedin. Our partners organisations will also be sharing information @HistEnvScot, @EdinburghWH

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO's) list of World Heritage sites in 1995.

UNESCO stated that site "represent a remarkable blend of two urban phenomena: organic medieval growth and 18th and 19th century town planning".

Managing the world heritage site

There is a management plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site 2011 to 2016. The previous management plan covered the period of 2005 to 2010.

Download the 2005 to 10 management plan (PDFs)

UNESCO requires every world heritage site to have a plan which says how the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the site will be protected. OUV is the collection of things which make the area special.

The management plan informs a separate action plan, which can be downloaded below.

The Council atlas shows the boundary of the World Heritage Site, conservation areas and listed buildings.

Download the world heritage action plan (PDF, 63 KB)

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