How to watch National Geographic in the UK
For everything you need to know about the world we live in and beyond, from the depths of the ocean to the outer parts of space, National Geographic is the channel to watch.
National Geographic is the home of all things to do with the world we live in. From science, travel and animals to culture, history and the environment, if you want to find out some cool facts or feed an interest, National Geographic is the channel to consult.
National Geographic is available in all sorts of mediums, too; it’s a magazine, website and TV channel.
The National Geographic Traveller magazine highlights some of the most amazing places in the world. With compelling stories, exciting photography and insights from locals who live all over the globe, National Geographic Traveller transports you to a different country from the comfort of your sofa.
But if visuals are more your bag, you might prefer learning about the wonders of the universe through the National Geographic TV channel.
For Earth Day last year, in April 2022, National Geographic and Disney Plus teamed up to bring viewers exciting content like Explorer: The Last Tepui — a documentary which follows climber Alex Honnold, who you might recognise from the National Geographic film Free Solo, and his team as they attempt to scale a cliff to search for new species of animals.
For Earth Day this year, back in April 2023, National Geographic asked the important question: what is the future of the planet 50 years from now? National Geographic explores two very different futures, whether the world will be saved or lost.
Over on Disney Plus, the channel's documentary Polar Bear shows the challenges the animals have to face in a time of climate change.
Other highlights on the channel include Stephen Hawking’s Science of the Future, Tut’s Treasures and Wonders of the Ocean.
There are videos for kids, too. The Biggest Little Farm: The Return follows a couple as they abandon their life in LA to turn land into a working farm, Welcome to Earth is a six-part series which shows actor Will Smith adventuring to the great wonders of the world, and Becoming Cousteau is a new film which focuses solely on the life of conservationist and explorer Jacques Cousteau.
There’s plenty of inspiration and knowledge to get out of National Geographic, so we better tell you how you can watch it.
How to watch National Geographic in the UK
If you want to find out more about the wonders of the universe, from the darkest depths of the ocean to the infinite lengths of space, National Geographic TV is the place to go.
So how do you watch National Geographic’s specials, documentaries, films and TV series? There are a few ways.
You can find National Geographic on Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and BT as channels. You can also view everything Nat Geo has to offer on Disney Plus and NOW.
How to watch National Geographic on Disney Plus
One of the easiest ways to watch National Geographic is on Disney Plus.
Disney Plus has every National Geographic show, as well as Disney Plus Originals that are only available on the service, such as The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Race to the Centre of the Earth and The Right Stuff.
The service has shows for animal and nature lovers, history buffs, space junkies and so much more, as well as content to educate us about climate change.
Disney Plus is usually £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year (which saves you 16% off the monthly subscription fee).
How to watch National Geographic on Sky
If you’re already a Sky customer, simply click on channel 129 to watch National Geographic, and to view it in HD it’s channel 824. HD is maybe not the best idea for some of the brutal animal kingdom shows — we know it’s the circle of life, but predators catching their prey is best watched through our fingers...
For Nat Geo WILD, it’s channel 165 and channel 839 for HD.
If you’re not a Sky TV customer, you can start building your package from just £26 a month. However, there's currently a special offer on which gets you Sky TV, Sky Glass and Netflix for three months for free, then it's £26 a month each month afterwards. There's a £10 upfront fee, and it's an 18-month contract.
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How to watch National Geographic on Virgin Media
Virgin Media customers rejoice! National Geographic is included in your package. Head over to channel 266, and to watch National Geographic in HD, it’s channel 268.
For Nat Geo WILD, it’s channel 264 and channel 265 for HD.
At the moment, Virgin Media has banished its £35 set-up fee, so you can become a Virgin Media Big Bundle (M125 Fibre Broadband, Weekend chatter and 100+ TV channels) customer from £29.99 a month with no set-up charge. All of Virgin Media's plans have an 18-month contract.
How to watch National Geographic on BT
You can enjoy National Geographic in standard or HD quality at BT. Watch your favourite shows, like Air Crash Investigation, Banged Up Abroad, and Alaska: Surviving the Extreme, on channel 317 and on HD channel 373.
For Nat Geo WILD, where you can see our favourite furry friends in series like Animals Gone Wild, Dog: Impossible, and Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under on channel 318, and HD channel 374.
You can become a BT TV customer for as little as £20 a month, with a £39.99 activation fee and a 24-month contract. This £20 bundle includes NOW Entertainment and a Netflix Basic plan.
How to watch National Geographic on TalkTalk
To watch National Geographic on TalkTalk, it’s channel 317. For Nat Geo WILD, it’s channel 318. There’s no option to watch the channels in HD, unfortunately, but you can still enjoy the same content.
For new customers, you can become a TalkTalk broadband + TV customer from just £32 a month with no set-up fee and an 18-month contract.
How to watch National Geographic on Amazon
Can you watch National Geographic on Amazon Prime Video? You can watch certain shows on Amazon Prime Video, but not subscribe to the entire channel.
So, for example, take the National Parks Exploration Series: Yellowstone. This is free for Amazon Prime Video subscribers, but it's £2.55 to rent for non-subscribers. However, some series cost regardless of whether you're already a subscriber, such as National Geographic Channel: Wild season 1 which costs £1.70 each episode.
How to watch National Geographic on NOW
NOW lets you watch National Geographic live and on catch-up. You can sit down to your favourite shows, like Ultimate Viking Sword and Man and the Wild, anytime and anywhere.
NOW starts at £9.99 a month, with a seven day free trial.
Looking for a saving? Check out the best Disney Plus offers. If you're a Sky customer, take a look at our Sky Q explainer, and for Virgin Media customers, head over to our What is Stream one for the full rundown of their new all-in-one streaming box.