Meeting Centre of Gravity for UK Postcodes
Use this tool to find the best place to hold a meeting for its 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. For example M60 7RA or EC3N 4DR
Postcodes must be in uppercase. Each postcode consists of two parts. The first part (outward postcode, or outcode) is separated by a single space from the second part (the inward postcode, or in-code).
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.
- 29th September 2021 : Version 2.4 - Updates to input validation
- 11th May 2020 : Version 2.3 - Fixed bug when reporting a postcode not found
- 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
I'm struggling to find a tool that can help find a meeting point for 3 start points with the same/similar travel time. Would be great if anyone has seen anything like this? Thanks
By pez on 31st January 2022
Wonderful tool ! Needed to know optimal spot for patriarch's 95th party from four locations around uk !!
I would propose your app could use the output of a route-finder app as a further refinement to avoid straight line travel through centre of large city !
By Ken on 3rd January 2022
Perfect. Found a pub 30 miles away from 5 of us. Smack in the middle.
By Rob on 1st December 2021
Really helpful. When I initially put a space in middle of postcode, said wrong format but only worked without space.
On 19th November 2021
E1 postcodes should now work
By Free Map Tools on 18th November 2021
E1 postcodes in London don't work, presumably because they are 2-digit outcodes? At least mine doesn't anyway.
On 12th November 2021
Great tool - thanks!
On 11th November 2021
I too could not get this to work. I entered a postcode incorrectly at first. Then I cleared it and entered the correct code v carefully but the thing kept saying that the first postcode I entered incorrectly could not not be found. No way to clear after an incorrect entry. Useless!!!
On 23rd September 2021
Used this to find some fair meeting points between 6 friends- very useful, thank you!
By Adam on 22nd August 2021
Matt, these are found when we test. Can you try again?
By Free Map Tools on 27th March 2021
Post does not recognized:
By matt on 27th March 2021
Loved this, thank you :)
On 2nd February 2021
All 3 are found when tested : https://ibb.co/RvsDrM6
By Free Map Tools on 29th January 2021
hello, I have put in three postcodes and none of them could be found. They are RG20 5PD, BA12 8AB and GU30 7la. I have tried them with a without a gap and in upper and lower case but all are rejected
By Richard Dalgleish on 28th January 2021
Hi Sue, could you provide some or all the 3 postcodes you input?
By Free Map Tools on 29th November 2020
Really wanted this to work but hasn't recognised any of my 3 postcodes
By Sue Wright on 29th November 2020
Great idea, but does not work. Didn%u2019t recognise all 3 postcodes I entered from different areas of the country.
By Matilda on 13th November 2020
Both YO25 9TG and PL19 9AN work fine when tested : https://ibb.co/d7LPyH8
By Free Map Tools on 2nd October 2020
Simply doesn't work-as with all the other .com tools I've looked at -will not recognise YO25 9TG OR PL19 9AN
On 2nd October 2020
Hi tried it again and hey presto it worked so it does work. Triangulated it by hand and the app was almost spot on. Well done but the result should be super quick or you will move on. Thanks anyway.
By Paul on 10th September 2020
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