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
Adventurer
James CookJames Cook
27 October 1728
Explorer & Navigator

Francis DrakeFrancis Drake
1540 AD
Navigator

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

David LivingstneDavid Livingstone
19 March 1813
Explorer, Missionary

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

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

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

John FranklinJohn Franklin
16 April 1786
Explorer
Matthew FlindersMatthew Flinders
16 March 1774
Voyager

John Hanning SpekeJohn Hanning Speke
04 May 1827
Discoverer of the source of the Nile

Charles SturtCharles Sturt
28 April 1795
British explorer

John SmithJohn Smith
06 January 1580
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
Explorer

Charley BoormanCharley Boorman
23 August 1966
TV presenter

Steve BackshallSteve Backshall
21 April 1973
Naturalist
John RolfeJohn Rolfe
06 May 1585
English settlers of North America

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
Explorer

Colin BakerColin Baker
08 June 1943
Actor, Explorer, Film actor
Ellen MacArthurEllen MacArthur
08 July 1976
Sailor

George VancouverGeorge Vancouver
22 June 1757
Explorer, Officer
William DampierWilliam Dampier
05 September 1651
Explorer

Robert FitzRoyRobert FitzRoy
05 July 1805
Scientist

Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher
1535 AD
Sailor
Humphrey GilbertHumphrey Gilbert
09 September 1539
Adventurer

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

Robin Knox-JohnstonRobin Knox-Johnston
17 March 1939
Explorer

Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD
Writer

Joseph Dalton HookerJoseph Dalton Hooker
30 June 1817
Botanist
Christopher NewportChristopher Newport
30 November 1561
explorer
Dougal HastonDougal Haston
19 April 1940
Explorer

Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer

Mary KingsleyMary Kingsley
13 October 1862
Writer

George GreyGeorge Grey
14 April 1812
Politician
Frederick SelousFrederick Selous
31 December 1851
Explorer

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

Edward John EyreEdward John Eyre
05 August 1815
Explorer

Edward WhymperEdward Whymper
27 April 1840
Mountaineer

Richard HawkinsRichard Hawkins
1562 AD
Explorer
George BassGeorge Bass
30 January 1771
Explorer, Surgeon

Austen Henry LayardAusten Henry Layard
05 March 1817
Archaeologist
Francis YounghusbandFrancis Younghusband
31 May 1863
Army Officer

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

Francis LightFrancis Light
1740 AD
Explorer
John OxleyJohn Oxley
1784 AD
Explorer

Edward Adrian WilsonEdward Adrian Wilson
23 July 1872
Explorer, Ornithologist, Painter, Scientist
Thomas CavendishThomas Cavendish
19 September 1560
explorer

Ralph FitchRalph Fitch
1550 AD
Explorer

Peter Skene OgdenPeter Skene Ogden
12 February 1790
Explorer

Alexander BurnesAlexander Burnes
16 May 1805
Explorer

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792
Biographer
Vivian FuchsVivian Fuchs
11 February 1908
Explorer

Henry Walter BatesHenry Walter Bates
08 February 1825
Naturalist

Robert McClureRobert McClure
28 January 1807
Explorer

Samuel HearneSamuel Hearne
31 January 1745
Explorer
William BaffinWilliam Baffin
1584 AD
Explorer

Wally HerbertWally Herbert
24 October 1934
Explorer
William ScoresbyWilliam Scoresby
05 October 1789
Explorer

Harry JohnstonHarry Johnston
12 June 1858
Botanist

Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794
Explorer
Ralph Alger BagnoldRalph Alger Bagnold
03 April 1896
Explorer

Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD
Explorer
Edward BelcherEdward Belcher
27 February 1799
Naval officer

James WeddellJames Weddell
24 August 1787
Navigator

Thomas BainesThomas Baines
27 November 1820
Artist
Richard ChancellorRichard Chancellor
1521 AD
Explorer

Tobias FurneauxTobias Furneaux
21 August 1735
Navigator
Anthony SmithAnthony Smith
30 March 1926
Writer

John DavisJohn Davis
30 September 1550
explorer

Edward Henry PalmerEdward Henry Palmer
07 August 1840
Explorer

Francis McClintockFrancis McClintock
08 July 1819
Explorer
Charles R. BurtonCharles R. Burton
13 December 1942
Explorer
Charles Montagu DoughtyCharles Montagu Doughty
19 August 1843
Poet

Basil HallBasil Hall
31 December 1788
Naval officer

John RichardsonJohn Richardson
05 November 1787
Surgeon and Explorer

James Augustus GrantJames Augustus Grant
11 April 1827
Explorer
Robert Hermann SchomburgkRobert Hermann Schomburgk
05 June 1804
Explorer

James Theodore BentJames Theodore Bent
30 March 1852
Explorer

Francis Rawdon ChesneyFrancis Rawdon Chesney
16 March 1789
Explorer

John BeecroftJohn Beecroft
1790 AD
Explorer

George GrenfellGeorge Grenfell
21 August 1849
Missionary
Robert DudleyRobert Dudley
07 August 1574
Explorer

Dixon DenhamDixon Denham
01 January 1786
Soldier
Charles FellowsCharles Fellows
31 August 1799
Archaeologist

Alexander MackenzieAlexander Mackenzie
1764 AD
Explorer
Richard Lemon LanderRichard Lemon Lander
08 February 1804
Explorer
Nathaniel BaconNathaniel Bacon
02 January 1647
Colonist