FAQ


What's Different about UK Grid Reference Finder

Most other mapping sites only give the global WGS84 longitude and latitudes and not the Ordnance Survey Grid Reference known as OSGB36 (Ordnance Survey Great Britain 1936) as appears on Ordnance Survey maps. By right-clicking on the UK Grid Reference Finder map you can get the full Ordnance Survey Grid Reference - nice and easy!

How Do I Find a Grid Reference

Enter Your Post Code or street, town address in the left panel to find your desired location, then Right Click on the Map to Mark the Grid Reference Point, then Hover Over the Pin to Show the Grid Reference

How Do I Link to A Point on the Map

You can use the following URL and options

An X Y location e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?x=530046&y=179914

A Grid Reference e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?gr=TQ 30103 79910

A Post Code e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?pc=NE8 1HH

An Address Location e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?pc=10 downing street, london

A Latitude and Longitude e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?lt=51.505505&lg=-0.07533989

View a Point In Bird's Eye View add &v=b to the url (note this will not work for post code and address location links as they always display in Aerial view) e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?x=530046&y=179914&v=b
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?lt=51.505505&lg=-0.07533989&v=b
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?gr=TQ 30103 79910&v=b

Add a Window Title by adding &t=title to the url e.g. :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/index.php?lt=51.505505&lg=-0.07533989&v=b&t=tower bridge

How Do I Display The Grid Reference for a Post Code

Search for the post code using the post code search box on the left, hover over the pin placed on the map for that post code to see the grid reference.

How Do I Find The Post Code for a Grid Reference

Search for the grid reference (or any of the other search options) using the search boxes on the left, hover over the pin to display details of the location, then click on the display post code link.

Alternatively you can click on the post code icon (it looks like a round "i") in the list of points at the bottom of the screen.

How Do I Get a Link for a Point I've Placed on the Map

Place a point on the map via a search and / or right clicking on the map, then click on the link icon (it looks like a chain link) next to the point in the table list of points at the bottom of the screen. You can then copy the link URL for that point.

How Do I Get a Link for All My Points on the Map

Place your points on the map, then press the "Link for All Points" at the bottom of the map, you can then copy (press Ctrl-c) the text displayed to save the URL link for all the points to the clipboard.

How Do I Save All My Points to Excel

Place your points on the map, then press the "Export Points to Excel" at the bottom of the map, you can now copy (press Ctrl-c) the text displayed an copy it in to Excel to store all the location details for that point as well as a URL link.

How Do I Convert between Lat/Long (WGS84), Grid Reference and X,Y Coordinates

Search for your point using the coordinates that you have (use the search facility on the left of the main page), a point (pin) will be placed on the map for the point you searched for, it will give all 3 coordinate types when you hover your cursor over the pin - the conversion has been done for you!.

Can I Link to Your Site from Mine or Use It Our Literature etc.

Yes. Please do. Providing it is freely available to the public and you do not intentionally obscure the ads on our site, there is no charge, fees or licenses required.

How Do I Calculate The Bearing and Distance Between Two Points

Click on the "Measure and Drawing Tool" at the top right of the map. Right or left click on the map for the first point (right clicking leaves a grid reference pin, left clicking just draws a line), click on another point on the map for the second point then stop drawing by pressing "Esc" or pressing the "Stop Drawing" button in the measurement and drawing tool dialog panel. The section length will give the distance and bearing (angle in degrees) between the two points.

Can I find the height or elevation of a point or route

Yes - select the points or route on the map that you wish to find an elevation chart or height information for. Then just below the map press the "Elevation Chart" button, an elevation chart will then open in a new window giving the ground height information.

The elevation chart gives a continous graphical representation of the ground height for a straight line route between those points.

For an example elevation (height) chart, click this Link for Example Elevation Chart

You can change between metric and Imperial measurements by clicking on the selector below the chart. Also the table below the chart gives the height and distance between points in a tabular form.

How do I use right click on an Apple Mac

There should be a right click combination on all Macs. For Macs with touch pads e.g. MacBook Pro and Macbook Air etc. you get the right click by pressing the touch pad with two fingers at once. For Macs with the single button mouse e.g. the iMac you press on the right part of the mouse button to get the right click.

If this does not work for your particular Apple Mac (older hardware) you can always use Google to search for your Mac hardware and "right click" this normally gets you the key combination for right click.

Can I Default the Grid Reference to a Different Accuracy (number of figures)

Yes! You can add a parameter 'f' to the site URL to default the number of figures to use for the grid reference.

The default accuracy is 5 figures e.g. NZ 12345 12345, you can select a number between 1 and 5

For example, change to 3 figure grid reference e.g. NZ 123 123 :-
http://gridreferencefinder.com/?f=3

How Do I Display an Aerial or Bird's Eye View Map

Click on the appropriate option at the top left of the map.

Can I find an Irish Grid Reference

You can find an Irish grid reference using your sister site Irish Grid Reference Finder.