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Profile Tom Livesey

I only started WHS hunting in 2013 but I'm getting there slowly. I write about my visits at https://whstravellers.wordpress.com

The UK is a good base for a WHS-er because of its abundance of cheap flight connections to airports in the world's densest continent for WHSs. Unlike others on this site I love to fly, and prefer to arrive at a destination by air, always at a new airport if possible.

Map of Visited Sites

Recent Reviews by Tom Livesey

Longobards in Italy Tom Livesey

Of the seven sites I have so far been to three: two in Umbria (visited April 2015), and one in Friuli-Venezia Guilia (July 2015).

The Clitunno Tempietto wasn’t easy to find, but I had been prepared for that and we soon located it. For a while we were the only people there, which was nice. I love it when I go to a World Heritage Site and there is nobody else around. You can see the Roman-style architecture of this temple – it looks nothing like a church, yet it was built for Christian worship in the Dark Ages.

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Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau Tom Livesey

My trip to Barcelona in March 2015 was initially sparked by a desire to attend an artichoke festival. That turned out to be disappointment, but the trip was made worthwhile by the gem that is this Art Nouveau WHS.

Whilst the tour was great, clearly the best time to visit the wonderful music hall for a performance must be a matinee, when you can benefit from the vast amount of natural light that floods into the hall through the side and rear windows and of course the magnificent skylight, nicknamed ‘the Glowworm’.

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Tower of London Tom Livesey

The first thing to note about the Tower of London is that it’s pretty steep to get into, at £25 for an adult! This is up from £22 when I last went, in October 2013.

One of the sights that was of limited interest to me at the time was the supposed spot where Henry VI was murdered. Having since then enjoyed watching Benedict Cumberbatch's Henry being murdered in the fabulous 'Hollow Crown' adaptation of Shakespeare's trilogy, I now appreciate it all the more.

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Kew Gardens Tom Livesey

Kew holds a special place for me because it was the first WHS I visited once I decided to embark on this esoteric hobby. It is also, now I live in London, my local WHS - being only 1.5 miles from my house. I've been a number of times since my first visit, in June 2013, and am now a member (entry is very pricey if you pay the normal entry fee).

I'm no herbiphile but it's always nice to enjoy the tropical environment of some of the glasshouses.

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Kotor Tom Livesey

I arrived in Kotor in July 2013 from Podgorica with two friends. It really is a beautiful town – all narrow medieval streets crowded by red-roofed buildings. The old town is car-free, so the only way to get around is on foot. The walls around Kotor remind me less of the gently undulating walls of Dubrovnik, and more of the exhaustingly steep Great Wall of China. Scaling the 280 metres in the heat of the day is not recommended unless you are prepared to get sweaty (though luckily there is a beer vendor half way up!).

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Tom Livesey's Lists

  1. Acropolis
  2. Alcala de Henares
  3. Amiens Cathedral
  4. Ancient Kyoto
  5. Aquileia
  6. Bamberg
  7. Belem
  8. Belfries
  9. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  10. Blenheim Palace
  11. Botanical Garden, Padua
  12. Bridgetown
  13. Brugge
  14. Canterbury
  15. Castel del Monte
  16. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  17. Chichen-Itza
  18. Churches and Convents of Goa
  19. City of Bath
  20. City of Luxembourg
  21. Cologne Cathedral
  22. Colonia del Sacramento
  23. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  24. Corfu
  25. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  26. Cuenca
  27. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  28. Dubrovnik
  29. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  30. Edinburgh
  31. Elvas
  32. Evora
  33. Flemish Béguinages
  34. Florence
  35. Forth Bridge
  36. Fortifications of Vauban
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  38. Genoa
  39. Giant's Causeway
  40. Gorham's Cave Complex
  41. Great Wall
  42. Guimarães
  43. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  44. Gwynedd Castles
  45. Heritage of Mercury
  46. Himeji-jo
  47. Horyu-ji Area
  48. Independence Hall
  49. Ironbridge Gorge
  50. Istanbul
  51. Jelling
  52. Kew Gardens
  53. Kotor
  54. Kronborg Castle
  55. La Lonja de la Seda
  56. Laurisilva of Madeira
  57. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  58. Liverpool
  59. Longobards in Italy
  60. Maritime Greenwich
  61. Matera
  62. Medici Villas and Gardens
  63. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  64. Monastery of Alcobaça
  65. Monastery of Batalha
  66. Monticello
  67. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  68. Old City of Berne
  69. Oporto
  70. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  71. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  72. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  73. Pitons Management Area
  74. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  75. Pompei
  76. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  77. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  78. Prague
  79. Roman Walls of Lugo
  80. Rome
  81. Roskilde Cathedral
  82. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  83. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  84. Santiago de Compostela
  85. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  86. Sintra
  87. Skocjan Caves
  88. Statue of Liberty
  89. Stonehenge
  90. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  91. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  92. The trulli of Alberobello
  93. Toledo
  94. Tower of Hercules
  95. Tower of London
  96. University of Coimbra
  97. Valletta
  98. Vatican City
  99. Venice and its Lagoon
  100. Vézère Valley
  101. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  102. Villa d'Este
  103. Wadden Sea
  104. Warsaw
  105. Westminster
  106. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  107. Würzburg Residence
  108. Zollverein

Profile data

Country: United Kingdom

Visited WHS: 108

Most impressive: Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Proposal for a new WHS: Works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Recently visited WHS

Update December 21, 2016
Giant's Causeway