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Points of Interest

Points of Interest (PoI) contains information for over 4 million places across Great Britain, sorted into more than 600 classifications, ideal for commercial, government and leisure uses.


  • Large scale - local

Data use

  • Names and gazetteers

Data format

  • Vector

With more than 600 classifications, PoI can help to identify places by their use and function as well as by their postal address or location. This detailed information which includes telephone numbers, web addresses and nearest roads can be used for granular searching and analysis. Over 40% of the PoI records contain a unique identifier also found in the OS MasterMap® layers, which brings additional value when used with these products.

How can I use PoI to help my organisation?

Here are a few examples of sectors/customers using this product.

  • Financial Services - With its highly detailed classification structure PoI can be used to identify the use and function of different premises to enable accurate risk assessment
  • Land and Property - PoI is invaluable to land and property professionals, enabling them to monitor, track and analyse the changing retail space of city centres over time
  • Local Authorities - Among other uses, improvement of public services for citizens, such as ‘find my nearest’ portals and analysis by government health departments to ensure services, such as doctors’ surgeries and dentists, are placed in the best location for access by their customers
  • Emergency Services - Police carry out crime analysis to map the types of crimes near certain locations such as cash machines or to improve the identification of unconfirmed locations. Emergency response times can be improved by easier identification of the location of local landmarks
  • Consumers - Mobile Apps require POI to show a range of services and facilities, tourism apps need classes such as accommodation, eating and places of interest

See also

Download samples of OS MasterMap, AddressBase, OS VectorMap Local, Land-Form Profile, Code-Point and popular backdrop maps. Discover Data licence applies.

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Get a quote for Points of Interest today. Give us your requirements online and we will come back to you with an estimate.

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Case studies

During an emergency planning exercise Portsmouth City Council used their geographical information system (GIS) to quickly locate and order specialist equipment and supplies.

Hampshire County Council uses geographic information to identify priority routes to be salted during bad winter weather.

Need more information

If you want more details, there are a few options for you. You can contact us directly and talk to one of our Sales Advisers, or you can visit our comprehensive product support area that has lots of useful information and details about our products.

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For technical support, visit our Points of Interest support page or visit our OpenData support page.

How to use our data

We provide the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data in Great Britain.

Our data will need to be integrated in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to allow you to view, edit, overlay and manage different data formats and sources.

Our products, depending on their formats, will require different software. Some also require translation tools so please check with the system providers for the products you are interested in.

Have a look at our partner pages to learn more about solutions and services offered by our licensed partners.

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We distribute free sample data under the terms of our Discover Data Licence to give an indication of what the data will be like.

You may be interested in this licence if you are a private individual, new customer, social entrepreneur, or represent a social group or start up company.

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