OS Maps Aerial 3D layer
Explore anywhere in Britain with the Aerial 3D layer in OS Maps web.
View hills and mountains in stunning 3D, check a planned route or search for the best viewpoints without leaving your computer.
Available exclusively to OS Maps Premium users*.
*Aerial 3D is available to Premium subscribers using their web browser on a PC, Mac, tablet or phone. Its not available in the OS Maps app.
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"The most extraordinary digital rendering of a mountain landscape we’ve seen… never before has it been possible to view the character of a mountain, a ridge or a route so dramatically and convincingly before leaving home. With this new tool in OS Maps route planning – and the associated excitement levels – have just taken a huge leap forwards!"
Best of Great Britain's landscapes
Automatic 3D route fly-through
This useful feature for OS Maps web allows you to fly-through any of the thousands of cycling, running or walking routes in OS Maps; perfect for previewing a planned route, looking back over an activity you’ve just done, or simply browsing for inspiration ahead of your next weekend break or holiday.
New labels highlight nearby hills, towns, woodland and lakes, and an elevation profile tracks progress. The fly-through gives drone-like footage of how steep a route is, how exposed it gets, the terrain underfoot as well as the views you can expect to enjoy.
Augmented Reality (AR) place labels
See beyond the map with augmented reality (AR) in the OS Maps app. Pan the landscape with your phone or tablet camera to find out what’s nearby including hills and mountains, forest and woodland, transport, towns and villages and coast and water.
It works even without a phone signal - ideal for those remote peaks. If you do have a data connection you can also press on a label to get additional local area information with routes, places to stay and local images from GetOutside.
OS Maps App - Tabletop 3D
Now available in the iOS OS Maps app, view your routes anywhere with the new OS Maps Tabletop 3D augmented reality mode.
Use your device to show a 3D terrain model on any flat surface. Rotate, zoom and change the angle for the best view.
Available now in iOS.
- Update to the latest version of the iOS app
- Open a route - mountain routes work best
- Pull up the route panel and click Tabletop 3D
- Point the camera at a clear flat surface and allow it to 'lock on'; if you don't have a clear table the floor will do
- Click the plus button to start AR mode. Try moving around the 3D model, use pinch to zoom, one finger to move and two fingers to rotate the model
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Other key features of OS Maps
Use OS Maps across all your devices
View, create and sync your activities between desktop and mobile.
National Park trails
Just two taps will automatically give you the most enjoyable, accessible and safe route between two points.
Record and follow routes
Plot a route to follow or share – or record your route while you’re out and about.
Download your favourite areas to view offline – so you can view any part of GB even without a mobile signal.
Discover now with OS Maps Premium
Get OS Maps in both browser and app, each full of fantastic features and a complete, digital map of Great Britain.
Use in your web browser to view and print maps, plot routes and view aerial 3D, then switch to the mobile app to follow routes, check your location, find nearby places or track your adventures.
*No credit card required