GIS datasets and web services
The following datasets are available for download from DataMapWales, Welsh Government’s GeoPortal for Wales.
Web services and links to metadata are also available.
This dataset comprises Listed Buildings in Wales.
Buildings and structures of national importance are given legal protection by being placed on a ‘List’ of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Under Section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the Welsh Ministers are required to compile and maintain this list.
In Wales there are over 30,000 buildings and structures on the list. Listed buildings range from Medieval Churches to modern commercial premises etc, structures can include railings, gate piers, walls, war memorials, gravestones, post boxes and telephone boxes etc.
This dataset comprises Scheduled Monuments in Wales.
Archaeological sites of national importance are given legal protection by being placed on a ‘Schedule’ of monuments. Under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, the Welsh Ministers are required to compile and maintain this schedule.
In Wales there are over 4,000 examples of Scheduled Monuments, which include Roman remains, burial mounds, castles, bridges, earthworks, the remains of deserted villages, industrial sites and 20th century military complexes etc.
This dataset comprises World Heritage Sites in Wales.
World Heritage Sites are places that the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has inscribed on a list of international sites because of their outstanding universal value, the importance of which is so great as to transcend national boundaries.
Wales currently has four world heritage sites – the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd, north-west Wales; The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales; Blaenavon Industrial Landscape in south-east Wales; and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in north-east Wales.
This dataset comprises Protected Wrecks in Wales.
Wrecks’ are designated under the 1973 Protection of Wrecks Act. There are numerous maritime wrecks in the seas around Wales. Although all of them have historic value, six currently have legal protection. These six are known as ‘designated wrecks’ or ‘protected wrecks’.
This dataset comprises The Register of Historic Landscapes in Wales.
It is a non-statutory, advisory register. Its primary aim is to provide information and raise awareness of an initial selection of the most important and significant historic landscape areas in Wales in order to aid their protection and conservation. This information is intended to help owners, Government, statutory bodies, Local Authorities, developers and all those who are involved with land management and protection to make better-informed decisions about areas on the Register.
Wales has a rich inheritance of historic parks and gardens. They form an integral part of the historic and cultural fabric of our country.
The statutory Register incorporates the existing non-statutory Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales, which was first published in six county volumes between 1994 and 2002. A supplementary volume was published in 2007 and nearly 400 sites have been registered.
The Register was compiled in order to aid the informed conservation of historic parks and gardens by owners, local planning authorities, developers, statutory bodies and all concerned with them.
The Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 makes it a statutory duty for the Welsh Ministers, through Cadw, to compile and maintain a register of historic parks and gardens in Wales.