Discovering Geology — Maps and resources
BGS staff share some of their favourite sites of geological interest around the UK.
Alabaster from Penarth in Wales is a decorative stone used inside many buildings in the area. Find out more about its origin.
To the north of the Swanage Bay is a prominent headland, which is a major Cretaceous Chalk Group exposure called Ballard Down.
Learn more about the interesting geological stories waiting to be unearthed just a stone’s throw from our Welsh office.
Binny Craig is possibly West Lothian’s most prominent natural landmark. The craggy knoll, formed from an igneous intrusion, offers spectacular views from the summit.
To the south-west of Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills rise above the surroundings forming an iconic ancient volcanic landscape carved by recent glacial history
Take a walk from Edale to Kinder Scout in the Peak District of Derbyshire, the highest point in the East Midlands.
A short walk around Holyrood Park provides an insight into the geological history of area from the Carboniferous Period to now.
The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast form Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, formed 60 million years ago.
The distinctive, warm honey-coloured building stone known as Hamstone, quarried from Ham Hill in Somerset, has a long history of use dating back as far as Roman times.
Hastings lies on the south-east coast of the UK with spectacular cliffs, expansive beaches and a wealth of fossils to find.
A series of active landslides stretch several kilometres in the cliffs to the south of Scarborough.
Holwell Nature Reserve can be found near Melton Mowbray. Most of the rocks exposed are composed of sedimentary rocks from the Jurassic.
The geology of the north-east Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland.
Investigating the famous Jurassic Kimmeridge Clay Formation at its namesake bay.
A geological stroll along the Dorset coast from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door.
The story of the Maharaja’s Well is not just cultural but is intimately bound up with the geology of the Chilterns Hills.
Mam Tor, in the Peak District of Derbyshire, is an iconic hill formed from rocks that date to the Carboniferous, when Britain sat near the equator and enjoyed tropical weather conditions.
Nottingham Castle sits atop an outcrop of the Sherwood Sandstone Group, which also hosts the myriad tunnels and caves for which the city is known.
The grounds of Nottingham University have a number of interesting features set in extensive parkland.
The mysterious Parallel Roads of Glen Roy have attracted visitors for hundreds of years – but how did they form?
Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales.
Radyr Stone was produced from a number of quarries in Cardiff. Take a geological walk to see a quarry and spot the stone’s use in the city.
Andrew McKenzie shares his experience of visiting the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland and witnessing some spectacular volcanic activity.
Rutland Water was recently in the media when one of the longest and most complete Ichthyosaur fossils was discovered on the edge of Rutland water.
The Yorkshire coastal town of Scarborough sits on rocks from the Jurassic.
The Seaton Cliffs Nature Trail boasts over 40 landmarks, consisting of caves, coves and bays, spectacular views over the North Sea and ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Take a geological walk along one of the six routes up the highest mountain in Wales – Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).
Ricklow Quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and contains some of the best outcrops of Gigantoproductus fossils in the UK
A band of Permo-Triassic sandstone runs across Nottingham city centre, with particularly good exposure in the old Rock Cemetery.
Discovering Geology introduces a range of geoscience topics to school-age students and learners of all ages.
Download and print free educational resources.
Explore or download a range of free-to-view, BGS maps to help you explore the rocks around you and learn more about geological time and climate change.
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