Education resources

We've got resources for everyone - whether you want to learn geography, teach it or get inspiration for your outdoor adventures.

Fun for everyone

MapZone games

Play games

MapZone quizzes

Play quizzes

MapZone - did you know?

Test my map knowledge

Map symbol card games

Make map symbol cards and play games with your friends and family.

Start the fun

Colour in map of UK

Colour in these maps of the United Kingdom as neatly as you can.

Print and start colouring in

Colour in map of Europe

Colour in this map of Europe and you could put it on your wall.

Print and start colouring in

Outside adventures

Here are some ideas to get you exploring the outdoors with your family and friends.

Go on an adventure

Photo finder

Take photos of places you've visited and share them with other people.

Find a photo

Minecraft mayhem

Fly around and get lost in Minecraft - but before you do, you might need an adult to help you download it.

Get Minecraft

Become a geography whiz (ages 5-7)

Make me a whiz

Become a geography whiz (ages 7-11)

Make me a whiz

Fun at home

Map symbol card games

A great way to get children learning without them realising it. Print the cards, cut them out and play games.

Make map symbol cards

Outline maps

These free outline maps are great for colouring in and pinning to your wall. Print maps of Britain, the UK and Europe.

Download outline maps


Photo finder

Encourage children to take photos of the places you visit and share them safely online. You can also find photos to help with homework.

Geograph website


Explore the great outdoors with your children, friends and family. Discover new places and make new adventures together.

#GetOutside ideas

Buy paper maps

Don't forget an OS paper map to help you on your journey. You'll get a digital download too so you can plan your route on your phone.

Find the map for me

Find your way

For a stress-free adventure, use OS Locate with your OS map. The app converts GPS readings from your phone so you know exactly where you are.

Get OS Locate

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Our mapping is used by everyone who takes part in the D of E Award. Children with a login can access our maps and plan routes.

D of E Award website (ages 11-16)

Essential skills

Map reading videos

Wildlife presenter, naturalist and #GetOutside Champion, Steve Backshall, takes you through how to map read, from using a compass to looking at contour lines.

Watch videos

Election maps

Search for up-to-date boundaries across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Help with election-related homework and swot up on your knowledge.

More about election maps

Ages 11-14


Maps for coursework

Try EDINA's Digimap for Schools for free - annotate online maps. If your school isn't yet a subscriber, you can still try it out.

Discover the Digimap for Schools community - see which schools are signed up.

The National Grid

National Grid references

About the National Grid

Convert coordinates (e.g. eastings, northings, longitude, latitude)

Election maps

All about elections

Find boundaries in map of Great Britain

Find boundaries in map of Northern Ireland

Election facts - Europe, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, local authority and parish elections.

Read maps with Steve

You might know of wildlife presenter Steve Backshall. He has some handy tips on how to read maps.

Watch videos

Duke of Edinburgh Award

If you're taking part, you'll have a login to the Duke of Edinburgh Award website. Use this to access our maps and plan your routes.

D of E Award website

Adventure ideas

If you love exploring outside, you'll love all our adventure ideas that you can do with your friends and family.

Get outside

Map of the United Kingdom

Download map of the UK (PDF)

Map of Great Britain

Download map of GB (PDF)

Great Britain before 1995-96

Download historical map (PDF)

Map of Europe

Download map of Europe (PDF)

Ages 16+

OS data for colleges

Get easy access to OS data using either EDINA or Jisc Collections's online mapping services. They're free for you to use but your college must be signed up first.

EDINA Digimap for Colleges service

Jisc Collections Geospatial Data service

OS data for universities

Access OS data to help with your studies and research. You can use either EDINA or Jisc Collections's online mapping services. They're free but your university must subscribe.

EDINA Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection

Jisc Collection Geospatial Data service

Map data for your ideas

Got an innovative idea that needs digital mapping? Choose from a whole range of free map data including backdrop maps, boundaries and postcodes.

Use OS OpenData - it's free

Maps for websites/apps

If you're a keen developer in the making, try our free OS OpenSpace API. Embed maps into a website or app and add your own information.

Use OS OpenSpace - it's free

Undergraduate research

Researching for a dissertation? We could sponsor your project with up to £1,000.

OS Dissertation Programme

Post-graduate research

We could support your Doctoral or Post-Doctoral research project.

Supporting your research

Career stuff

Starting to think about your career path? If it involves geography, we've got some great schemes for graduates, apprentices, interns and IT trainees.

Discover OS careers


Outdoor adventures

#GetOutside - all the ideas you need to go exploring.

OS blog - browse our blog for useful geography-related information including GI explained and using GI and maps.
Perfect for that extra bit of coursework help.

OS Locate - know where you are with a handy compass app on your phone.

All the resources you need

Bring geography to life, from the age of five through to university level. Take a look and download our free resources to help you teach.

Ages 5-7

Teach your class basic map symbols, simple compass directions, weather patterns, and get them to think about the geography of your school and local area.

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Ages 7-11

Children should be able to find counties, cities and regions on a map and use digital mapping to locate different features. Use our tools to help you prepare for field trips, too.

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Ages 11-14

As part of the curriculum you’ll need to teach your pupils how to use OS maps. They will also need to get to grips with geographical information systems to analyse location information.

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Ages 14-16

Students should analyse different maps including OS maps; satellite imagery, digital material and geographical information systems (GIS).

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Ages 16+

Explore the tools and information that'll come in handy for teaching geography to students over 16 years.

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