Meeting Centre of Gravity for UK Postcodes
Use this tool to find the best place to hold a meeting for it's attendees by inputting their UK postcodes. The COG tool will then work out the centre of gravity for the meeting. This will be represented by a marker on the map.
Meeting COG Map
Input a list of UK postcodes
Once you input the postcodes, this tool will work out where the best place is to hold the meeting. This will be a point on the map where, if all attendees could travel in a straight line to get to, would give the least combined travel time for them to meet up. You can enter full UK postcodes (incode & outcode) for more accuracy.
Yes, of course people cant travel in straight lines and they cant hold the meeting in a field, in the sea or in some strangers house if that is what the tools tells you. You are then expected to use that as a base from which to find a meeting venue close by, be it a pub, park or hotel etc..
Let us know if this tool comes in useful to you by posting a comment below. It will be interesting to find out how it is used.
Credit must be paid to DWS for a comment posted on the about page on 16th May 2008 suggesting this tool. Thanks.
- 3rd February 2019 : Version 2.2 - Center marker now shows postcode of that location
- 26th January 2018 : Version 2.1 - Changed to Leaflet Maps
- 13th November 2013 : Version 2 - Implement Google Maps API V3
- 5th June 2008 : Version 1 - Get it up and running (rather than watch the start of Big Brother)
Comments For This Page
This is good for what it is, but how can I find the \"centre of minimum distance\"? So the total distance to travel is minimised, not just individual journeys.
By Mr David Brown on 12th April 2019
Need to input a full postcode...
By Free Map Tools on 20th March 2019
Just enteted 4 UK postcodes (just the first part e.g CF72) - doesn't work. Just keeps saying 'loading'.....
On 19th March 2019
Can you try loading the page again and see if it works? When you say "won't accept my own postcode", what is your postcode?
By Free Map Tools on 15th March 2019
Just keeps loading and won't accept my own postcode. Removing it didn't help.
On 15th March 2019
I had a calculation of 6 addresses and worked brilliantly. One person dropped out and I removed an address. The calculation kept the original address in.
By Dougie on 24th February 2019
Thanks for clarification <3
By Jacob on 20th February 2019
Jacob, this page is for UK postcodes. On reflection there is no clear indication of that on the page, sorry. Thank you for not just saying "It doesn't work" and taking the time to explain in reasonable detail. The page will be updated to put "UK" in the text.
By Free Map Tools on 19th February 2019
It doesn't seem to work for me, it just keeps loading perpetually. I tried entering the postcodes with and without the hyphen. For the record, these are Polish postcodes. Also, the same happens on other browsers. Let me know if you come up with any solutions.
By Jacob on 19th February 2019
Yes it does
By Free Map Tools on 30th January 2019
Does this only work for the UK?
By P on 30th January 2019
Excellent - needed to find a central point for several families from the north, west, east and south to meet up.
Still got to decide on a venue but at least we know where to look.
By FP on 6th August 2018
Really useful for organising a work meeting with people from all over the north west and north east
By R B on 1st August 2018
By Free Map Tools on 17th July 2017
I have just found this after spending a while trying to guess a rough centre point for a meet up with friends who live in completely different directions from each other! It's really useful, thank you very much for creating this site.
By Chelle on 17th July 2017
By Free Map Tools on 23rd June 2017
Just found this site and the tools it provides. Great work by all concerned. Thank You!
By Paul on 22nd June 2017
Hi. Very pleased to discover this tool. I am wondering if it could offer a simplified output based on nearest railway station? And possibly a few more delegates? But thanks for missing Big Brother - this is a much better use of time!!
By Simon at LI on 23rd January 2017
Stu, thanks for the suggestion. This is being considered. I think you have a good idea.
By Free Map Tools on 14th June 2016
Firstly, this is very helpful thank you!
Please can we have option to export postcodes and add names next to them to save for future import on iOS device e.g. Dropbox import file that you've exported?
Ideally would like this in your app to add contacts and save them, for planning trips where we can all meet.
By Stu on 11th June 2016
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