Free entrance

WHS where the main features of the core zone can be entered without paying an entrance fee. General city centres and cultural landscapes are excluded, as well as illegal entrance, limited days and other "tricks".

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Aachen Cathedral
Aapravasi Ghat
Aflaj irrigation system
Al Ain
Amiens Cathedral
Antequera Dolmens Site
Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
Beemster Polder
Benedictine Convent of St. John Entrance to the church (the main part for its OUV) is free
Birka and Hovgarden
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape The Big Pit underground tour is free, although you now (2023) can also buy skip-the-line tickets and pre-book.
Bom Jesus do Monte To the church and the stairways
Bourges Cathedral
Cahokia Mounds Entrance is free of charge, although a donation of $4 for adults $2 for children, and $10 for families is suggested.
Canal du Midi
Central University City Campus of the UNAM
Chartres Cathedral
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chola Temples The Brihideshwara-tempel in Thanjavur is free (it's an active temple)
Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas
Cologne Cathedral
Derwent Valley Mills Vast majority of the mills are free
Dholavira: A Harappan City (last update 2022)
Dorset and East Devon Coast
Durham Castle and Cathedral castle is only by paid tour, cathedral is free
Engelsberg Ironworks
Flemish Béguinages
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
Gelati Monastery
Genbaku Dome
Giant's Causeway
Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
Great Smoky Mountains Due to deed restrictions imposed when the Park was established, there are no entrance fees
Greater Blue Mountains
Haeinsa Temple
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
Holy Trinity Column in a city centre but when the chapel inside is open it is free
Hopewell All except for Fort Ancient
Independence Hall You have to get a ticket before entering, but the tickets are free
Ironbridge Gorge The Iron Bridge at least is free
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska free entrance to the church and park
Kinderdijk pay to see interior of a windmill
Kunta Kinteh Island
Lenggong Valley
Mammoth Cave Entry to Mammoth Cave National Park and its surface features is free of charge. There is, however, a charge to tour the cave, stay in campgrounds, or reserve picnic shelters. - NPS *Note: Part of the criteria is based on surface-level features outside the cave itself "Outside the cave, the karst topography is superb, with fascinating landscapes and all of the classic features of a karst drainage system: vast recharge area, complex network of underground conduits, sinkholes, cracks, fissures, and underground rivers and springs." Part of Criterion (viii) for inscription on the world heritage list.
Maritime Greenwich Park, museum and Royal buildings are free, observatory isn't
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
Memorial Sites of Genocide The sites are free of entrance, but especially at the Kigali Memorial Center you are expected to donate something or buy the audio tour.
Monastery of Horezu
Monte San Giorgio
Muskauer Park Entrance to the Park (landscape gardens) is free. There is an admission fee to the exhibition in the New Castle.
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Pirin National Park
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal You can walk on the aqueduct and along the canal for free.
Popocatepetl monasteries
Primeval Beech Forests
Qal'at al-Bahrain
Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin Some might have an entry fee, but a lot of them are free and there are no obvious major sites among the 727 locations.
Rock Carvings in Tanum
Roman Walls of Lugo
Saint-Savin sur Gartempe Access to the church is actually free, but you will be geared to buy a ticket to the Abbey and pick up an audio guide at the visitor center.
San Antonio Missions
Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries
Selimiye Mosque
Semmering Railway
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Speyer Cathedral
Stevns Klint There's no entrance fee to the cliffs
Struve Geodetic Arc
Studenica Monastery
The Four Lifts
Vatnajökull National Park Entrance to the park is free, however there is a parking fee of 600 ISK (5.8 USD/4.9 EUR) for regular passenger vehicles
Vredefort Dome
Wadden Sea
West Norwegian Fjords
Yakushima Seibu Rindon Forest Path is, and I could not find a quote for the trail to Jomon Sugi either


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