Tourist Information UK

UK Maps

Whether you are travelling the length and breadth of the country or just visiting a few cities, it is likely that you will find a map useful.

There are several different types of map including a road atlas, A-Z and ordnance survey explorer maps. Your choice of map will depend on how you want to explore the country.

Road Atlas

A road atlas is a book that shows all the roads in the UK along with details of visitor attractions, service stations, green fuel stations as well as detailed urban maps of major cities. At the front you will usually find a route planner which shows the major roads on one map of the UK. You will need a road atlas if you are planning to hire a car.

Road atlas’ come in paperback, hardback and sprial bound. Hardback will be more expensive and spiral bound tend to be easier to handle in car although the pages can tear out. As a tourist, the lightest and smallest would probably be the best option.

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A to Z

An A to Z will be specific to a town or city and will show all the roads in the area from small lanes to large dual carriageways. It will also show tourist attractions, train stations and tube stops (where appropriate). An A to Z is an essential tool for navigating your way around a large city like London.

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Explorer maps

If you are intending to explore on foot, bike or horseback then an ordnance survey map is the ideal option. Great Britain has a national mapping agency called Ordnance Survey. They provide accurate and up to date geographic data on every inch of the UK. There are 403 Explorer maps which cover England, Wales and Scotland.

The Explorer range use a scale of 1:25,000 scale, 4cm to 1km or 2½ inches to 1 mile. Features of these maps include picnic areas, places of interest, rights of way, national trail and recreational paths and selected tourist information.

This is an example of an Explorer map for the Peak District which attracts lots of visitors due to its beautiful countryside.

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Landranger maps

The Landranger maps use a larger scale of 1:50,000 and are perfect for those exploring town and country on day trips.

They are particularly useful if you are planning to follow a long distance routes, coastal paths or national trails. The features of this type of map include tourist information, camping and caravanning sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, places of interest and rights-of-way information for England and Wales.

There are 204 Landranger maps in total.

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This is an example of the Landranger map for Salisbury and The Plain, useful if you are planning to see Stonehenge.

Travel maps

An ordnance survey travel map is a simple, easy to read map that is packed with essential tourist information. These maps are generally on a scale of 1:100,000.

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This is an example of an OS Travel map for Cornwall.