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Listing, scheduling, registering and protecting are all forms of designation, for protecting buildings, monuments, parks and gardens, battlefields and wreck sites respectively.

Designation is the act of identifying the most important parts of our heritage so they can receive special protection. We celebrate their significance - and make sure that our history can be enjoyed by present and future generations.

  • Exterior of modern warehouse with field of golden grass in foreground.

    Search the List

    The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the only official and up-to-date database of all listed and designated heritage sites.

  • Two cars racing at Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit in Surrey, in its heyday

    Enrich the List

    Take part in a new initiative to enrich our understanding of our nationally important historic sites.

  • Model village in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, constructed between 1936-1940 and recreating the C17, C18 and C19 buildings of the village at a scale of 1:9. Listed Grade II.

    Get a Historic Site Listed

    Find out how you can get a historic building or site protected through listing.

  • Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

    What is Listing and Designation?

    An overview of what designation is and why Historic England does it.

  • Church of All Saints, Panxworth, Norfolk, listed Grade II*

    Listing Guidance

    Our selection guides help us to recommend whether or not a site should be added to the List.

  • Image of Preston bus station by night.

    Showcasing Designation

    Our showcase of some of the hundreds of outcomes we've delivered over recent years in identifying heritage through designation.

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