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Welcome to Britain from the Air online, a gallery of nearly 100 inspiring images selected from among the finest aerial photography of Britain.

The photographs and their captions celebrate Britain’s wonderfully diverse natural and human landscapes and tell some of the fascinating geographical and historical stories behind them. We hope they inspire you.

Use the Ordnance Survey map below to find the photographs close to where you live, or travel the whole of Great Britain by panning across the map and zooming in closer to see every photograph in its location. Click on the photo to enlarge.


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The photographs are in nine broad themes, each shown by an icon. Themes are listed below. To find photographs of our amazing coastline, for example, search for those marked by a bucket and spade, to see historic and iconic buildings from our past, search for those with the ‘historic treasures’ icon.

Natural wonders icon

Natural wonders

Feats of engineering icon

Feats of engineering

Our changing landscapes icon

Our changing landscapes

Historic treasures icon

Historic treasures

Our industrial past icon

Our industrial past

By the sea icon

By the sea

Having fun icon

Having fun

Making a living icon

Making a living

Where we live icon

Where we live

Text panels for each image tell two or three short stories and were specially created by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Enjoy the unique perspective of Britain from the Air from the comfort of your armchair and find out more about the open air street gallery currently on show in Bath city centre, the education resources for teachers, and the cards, calendars and other merchandise available.

Britain from the Air has been jointly produced by the Society and WeCommunic8, with the Ordnance Survey as project mapping partners, and Rolex in their role as Corporate Benefactors for the Society’s collections.