Test Your Knowledge of British Geography!

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Do you think you can ace this British geography quiz? Let's find out.

Whether you were at the top of your class in world geography or not, you're bound to be familiar with some of the geographical features of the island of Britain. More than just the anchor of the United Kingdom, Britain has a rich history and numerous geographical features that have made the land the notable power that it is today.

The geography of Britain made it both easy to conquer and easy to defend, which played a huge role in the history of the region. In fact, Britain was once connected to the rest of Europe. It is this fact that is thought to have made it easier for the first inhabitants of the region to settle in. However, during the last ice age, the land bridge between Britain and Ireland was severed, and Britain became the island it is today. Britain has unique geographical features that include rivers, accompanying islands, rolling hills and chalk cliffs. It is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean and is separated from France by the English Channel.

So, if you've read up on your British geography or aced world geography in high school, take this quiz to find out just how much you remember.


Britain is located on what continent?

Britain is located in Europe. Europe is a continent, connect to the continent of Asia.

Britain is part of what cluster of islands?

Britain is part of the British Isles. It is the largest of this island cluster.

Which of the following is the longest river in Britain?

The longest river in Britain is the Severn River. It is 220 miles long.

What body of water separates Britain from the European mainland?

Britain is separated from the European mainland by the English Channel. The English Channel is only 21 miles wide at its thinnest point.

In which hemisphere is Britain located?

Britain is located in the Northern Hemisphere. The Earth is divided into two hemispheres: north and south.

What is considered the capital of Britain?

London is considered to be the capital of Britain. London is the capital of England.

The city of London sits on what river?

The city of London sits on the Thames River. The Thames is 205 miles long.

Britain is the largest island in _______.

Britain is the largest island in Europe. It is the ninth largest island in the world.

What is the highest point in Britain?

Ben Nevis is the highest point in Britain. It is 4,411 feet above sea level.

What body of water separates Britain from Ireland?

The Irish Sea separates Britain and Ireland. The Irish Sea is about 150 miles wide.

What river empties into the North Sea?

The River Tees empties into the North Sea. This river is in Northern England.

What is the country closest to Britain that is not part of the U.K.?

France is the country closest to Britain that is not part of the U.K. Only 32 miles separate Britain and France.

The name of what river means "boundary"?

The name of the Mersey River means "boundary." The Mersey River is in Northwest England.

What area is known for its homes built of yellow limestone?

The Cotswolds is known for homes of yellow limestone. The limestone is sourced locally.

What is the name of the mountain range that divides England?

The Pennines are the chain of mountains that divides England. The Pennines are sometimes called the backbone of England.

What coastline borders southern Britain?

The Jurassic Coast borders southern Britain. It is called the Jurassic Coast because erosion has uncovered the history of the land in layers.

What body of water lies between Britain and France?

The English Channel separates Britain and France. The English Channel is only 35 miles wide at its narrowest point.

The island of Britain is located in which ocean?

The island of Britain is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The North Atlantic Ocean, to be exact.

The climate of Britain is described as which of the following?

The climate of Britain is described as temperate. Although it is a northern island, the temperature is regulated by the Gulf Stream.

What is the highest mountain in England?

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. Scafell Pike is 3,209 feet above sea level.

What British river dates back 30 million years?

The River Tyne dates back 30 million years. It is located in northeast England.

What chalk area was designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"?

The Chiltern Hills were designated an area of natural beauty. They are located in southern England.

What is the lowest point in Britain?

The Fens is the lowest point in Britain. The Fens is a marshland on the East coast.

The island of Britain was once connected to what other island?

The island of Britain was once connected to the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the U.K.

What white cliffs face France?

The White Cliffs of Dover face France. They are white because they are made of chalk.

What river is known for its extreme flooding?

The Trent River is known for extreme flooding. During some periods of extreme flooding, the river has actually changed course.

The island of Britain is also home to what other country(ies)?

The island of Britain is also home to Scotland and Wales. These countries are collectively known as Great Britain.

What hills border England and Scotland?

The Cheviot Hills border England and Scotland. The Cheviot is the highest hill in the range.

Britain has a reputation for what kind of weather?

Britain is known for being rainy and cloudy. The western part is more rainy, but the eastern half is drier.

How wide is the British island?

Great Britain is about 300 miles wide. This is at the widest point.

Britain is divided into two zones. What are they called?

Britain is divided into two zones. These zones are called the Highlands and the Lowlands.

Britain has how many miles of coastline?

Britain has 7,723 miles of coastline. It is roughly 90,000 square miles in area.

Britain is about as big as what U.S. state?

Britain is about as big as Oregon. Oregon is roughly 98,000 square miles.

The island of Britain measures ____ miles from north to south.

The island of Britain measures about 600 miles from north to south. That's nearly 1,000 kilometers.

Which of the following describes Britain?

Britain is an island, located in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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