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GPS tip for the UK

If you input the "postal code" of a UK address, the GPS can take you almost right to the door. I learned this interesting fact when I was up front with the cab driver as he tried to find the location where I was to pick up my rental car.

Mike T.

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It's more normally known as a post code.
Each one covers about 15-20 addresses
They are an "almost" unique address identifier so you can also use them to find places on street view or when planning journeys on the Tfl website or using city mapper. More accurate than just using a street name.

The only thing you might need to be slightly careful about, especially when getting details off the Internet, is to make sure that the post code relates to the actual address rather than a postal address.
My office has the postal address on the website rather than the office. We regularly have people use it to find us and they are very confused when they find themselves outside of a post office in Elephant and Castle.

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I am planning a trip to the UK and i noticed that many places give the "postal code" for using a GPS device to find them.

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The trick of using the post code or postal code is useful in other countries too. It's particularly helpful in making sure you get to the right city when there's more than one in the country (for instance, Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt an der Oder).

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If you have a postcode and want to know what the address is or an address and want to know what the post code is the Royal Mail Post Code finder tool is useful. Just don't truncate the address you are searching for or you will get inaccurate results.

The first 1 or 2 letters of a postcode refer to the local town, or nearest local town eg CH -Chester, the next number an area in the town CH2. If correctly written there should then be a space and the a number and 2 letters
The exception is in London where the first letters refer to areas within the city based on the compass eg SE, NW. There is a N but no S. Also the central area is divided into WC and EC. These codes cover quite wide areas but this info might be helpful when looking at locations of hotels etc.

There has only been widespread use of postcodes since the 1950s onwards although they started in some big cities in the 30s and in London earlier than that. Liverpool is one city that got codes in the 30s and you will find some long term residents refer to the area where they live by the code as much as the name,. My relatives refer to living in "Liverpool 8" as a badge of pride as much as they would refer to it by its actual name Toxteth.

Moving on from postcodes, this geolocation finder is fun to play with!
Buckingham Palace - fence.gross.bats
The Tower of London - swift.blitz.funds