Do you know what’s common between Sir Walter Raleigh, Henry Hudson, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Alexander Mackenzie? Other than the fact that each of them was a British explorer, they all were passionate about adventure. Had it not been for their ability to face the harshest conditions that explorations come with, the world wouldn’t have been the same as it is today. The indomitable attitude of the British explorers and navigators helped expand the borders of the world, conquering new lands, sea and mountains. Their achievements are beyond words as they helped the world come to a common platform exposing the culture and traditions of new lands. Their exploits are undeniably impressive and remarkable. Through their voyages, British explorers discovered a number of places which were previously unknown to mankind. While some survived the harsh conditions and unknown dangers, the others gave their life to explorations. It is to these heroes that we own most of our world to! Dig into this section and equip yourself with detailed information about the life and explorations of British explorers. Their adventures and explorations are sure to give you an adrenaline rush!
Bear GryllsBear Grylls
07 June 1974
James CookJames Cook
27 October 1728
Explorer & Navigator

Francis DrakeFrancis Drake
1540 AD

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat

David LivingstneDavid Livingstone
19 March 1813
Explorer, Missionary

Robert Falcon ScottRobert Falcon Scott
06 June 1868
Henry HudsonHenry Hudson
1565 AD
Navigator and Explorer

John FranklinJohn Franklin
16 April 1786

Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace
08 January 1823
Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley
28 January 1841
Richard Francis BurtonRichard Francis Burton
19 March 1821

Matthew FlindersMatthew Flinders
16 March 1774
John Hanning SpekeJohn Hanning Speke
04 May 1827
Discoverer of the source of the Nile

John SmithJohn Smith
06 January 1580

Charles SturtCharles Sturt
28 April 1795
British explorer
Sir Ernest ShackletonSir Ernest Shackleton
15 February 1874
Antarctic explorer

William AdamsWilliam Adams
24 September 1564
First ever Western Samurai
Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771

Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
21 April 1973

Ben FogleBen Fogle
03 November 1973
Explorer, Television presenter, Writer
Ranulph FiennesRanulph Fiennes
07 March 1944
Explorer, Writer, Athletics competitor

Ed StaffordEd Stafford
26 December 1975
Colin BakerColin Baker
08 June 1943
Actor, Explorer, Film actor

Charley BoormanCharley Boorman
23 August 1966
TV presenter

George VancouverGeorge Vancouver
22 June 1757
Explorer, Officer

Lawrence OatesLawrence Oates
17 March 1880
Explorer, Military personnel
Ellen MacArthurEllen MacArthur
08 July 1976
Robin Knox-JohnstonRobin Knox-Johnston
17 March 1939

Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher

William DampierWilliam Dampier
05 September 1651

Gavin MenziesGavin Menzies
14 August 1937
Explorer, Submariner, Historian, Writer
James Clark RossJames Clark Ross
15 April 1800

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George EverestGeorge Everest
04 July 1790
Explorer, Geographer

Joseph Dalton HookerJoseph Dalton Hooker
30 June 1817
Botanist, Explorer, Pteridologist, Bryologist

Robert FitzRoyRobert FitzRoy
05 July 1805

Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD
Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893

Christopher NewportChristopher Newport
30 November 1561
George BassGeorge Bass
30 January 1771
Explorer, Surgeon

Mary KingsleyMary Kingsley
13 October 1862

George GreyGeorge Grey
14 April 1812
Austen Henry LayardAusten Henry Layard
05 March 1817

Frederick SelousFrederick Selous
31 December 1851
William ScoresbyWilliam Scoresby
05 October 1789

Edward WhymperEdward Whymper
27 April 1840

Francis YounghusbandFrancis Younghusband
31 May 1863
Army Officer

Nicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs
29 September 1961
Explorer, Actor, Voice actor, Composer, Film

Edward John EyreEdward John Eyre
05 August 1815
Edward Adrian WilsonEdward Adrian Wilson
23 July 1872
Explorer, Ornithologist, Painter, Scientist

Thomas CavendishThomas Cavendish
19 September 1560

James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist

William BaffinWilliam Baffin
1584 AD
Dougal HastonDougal Haston
19 April 1940

John DavisJohn Davis
30 September 1550
Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794

Alexander MackenzieAlexander Mackenzie
1764 AD

Sir Francis ChichesterSir Francis Chichester
17 September 1901
Sir Samuel White BakerSir Samuel White Baker
08 July 1821
English Explorer

Sir Wilfred ThesigerSir Wilfred Thesiger
03 June 1910
British explorer
Will AdamsWill Adams
24 September 1564

George Anson, Baron AnsonGeorge Anson, Baron Anson
23 April 1697
First Lord of the Admiralty

H. Saint John PhilbyH. Saint John Philby
03 April 1885