What is Open Geography and how do I use the website?

The Open Geography portal from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides free and open access to the definitive source of geographic products, web applications, story maps, services and APIs. All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated.

ONS produce a range of products that support the use of geography in the statistical process. The Open Geography portal allows users to find, view, map, style, chart and download or share data.

1. Find

  • Find a range of products that support the use of geography by clicking on the dropdown menus at the top.
  • Alternatively, use the search bar above to browse our data. Simply enter all or part of the dataset name you are looking for.
  • The latest releases on the portal can be found below. Click on the products to go straight to them.
  • Or use the data category links below if you are using a mobile device.

2. View

  • Once you've found the data, click the Open in ArcGIS link
  • A new ArcGIS interactive map is displayed with the data already loaded
  • Follow the steps to set up how the data is displayed
  • More information can be found here. for viewing and analysing maps in the map viewer.

3. Download

  • Once you've found the data, click the Download Datasets button. You can choose to download a full or filtered dataset.
  • Next choose the format you want to download. You can download a spreadsheet (CSV), KML, and shapefile
  • The download will automatically start. Click the My Activity button to track the progress of your download.

4. APIs

  • Use GeoJSON (an open standard format designed for representing simple geographical features) or
  • Use GeoServices to consume ready-to-use ArcGIS Online services or
  • Use the OGC Web Map Service (WMS) - a protocol for serving georeferenced map images or
  • Use the OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) - a protocol for requesting geographical features across the web

Latest Releases

Product Name Product Type File Size Release Date


18 MB - 105 KB



363 KB


Release Calendar

Upcoming releases on the Open Geography portal

Release Date Product Name


Community Safety Partnership (December 2016) Boundaries in England and Wales


Fire and Rescue Authority (December 2016) Boundaries in England and Wales


National Assembly Economic Region (December 2016) Boundaries in Wales


Local Resilience Forum (December 2016) Boundaries in England


Department for Children Education Lifelong Learning and Skills (December 2016) Boundaries in Wales


Public Health England Centre (December 2016) Boundaries in England


Public Health England Region (December 2016) Boundaries in England


NHS Postcode Directory (May 2017)


ONS Postcode Directory (May 2017)

Story Maps

Story Maps combine maps with narrative text and images to tell a story