The Forth Bridge is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
A world heritage site can be anything, from an incredible landscape to a city with a rich history and vibrant culture. It can be a magnificent monument, an archaeological discovery or a piece of ground-breaking technology. Most importantly, it must be something of world-renowned significance and occupy a special place in history to earn this prestigious title from the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
The Forth Bridge meets all these criteria. As the world’s first major steel structure, it is a powerful symbol of Britain’s industrial, scientific, architectural and transport heritage and, in particular, Scotland’s engineering prowess and ingenuity.
Despite achieving such an accolade, it remains a working estuary crossing. The distinctive red bridge carries around 200 local and intercity trains across the Firth of Forth every day and forms a key part of the national East Coast Main Line.