This year’s Heritage Counts reveals that visiting different types of historic places can have a positive impact on our general wellbeing and happiness. The results found a significant relationship between life satisfaction and visiting heritage, from historic towns to archaeological sites, and for the first time ever have identified the types of heritage sites that can have the most positive impact on our quality of life.
5. Archaeological Sites
Archaeological sites offer a world of mystery and romanticism so it’s no surprise that visiting a place like Wharram Percy can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. These sites give us a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors and can make us feel connected to our past. There are many archaeological societies running community archaeology digs in local areas and the Council for British Archaeology have interesting events and projects listed on their website.
4. Historic Places of Worship
After the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are the most visited paid historic attractions in Britain, but visiting a historic place of worship can be as easy as taking a stroll around your local parish church.
3. Historic Industrial Sites
Visiting a historic industrial site like J.W. Evans Silver Factory ranked third for impacting positively on our wellbeing. You can also do more than just visit: listed industrial buildings are more at risk than almost any other kind of heritage and our Heritage at Risk programme shows ways you can get involved in supporting your industrial heritage.
2. Historic Buildings
Historic buildings like National Trust property Little Moreton Hall are the type of heritage to have the second best impact on wellbeing. Looking for a quick pick-me-up? Try looking for listed buildings in your local area using the Heritage Gateway or search by postcode on our website.
1. Historic Town or City
Out of all the different types of heritage identified in the research, visiting a historic town or city such as the beautiful Berwick-Upon-Tweed will have the most positive impact on your happiness.