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Using the interactive maps

Quick Tips

Using the filters

For some interactive maps, a set of 'filters' is provided above the map. These allow the user to control the places for which markers are displayed on the map. To use this feature (where available):

  • Set the filter values as desired, then click / tap on the 'APPLY FILTERS' button and wait for the page to refresh.
  • Note that the filters act together using an 'AND' function, so markers will only be displayed for places that match ALL of the filter criteria.

Changing the map layer

On the 'Explore using Maps' page, it is possible to to switch between the default aerial imagery view (esri-world_imagery) and the simpler street map view (esri-world_street_map) by clicking / tapping on the layers button (located in the top-right corner of the map).

Adjusting the scale

For most interactive maps, the scale of the map can be changed by one or both of the following methods:

  • Click / tap on the [+] and [-] buttons displayed in the top-left corner of the map.

    • [+] = zoom-in

    • [-] = zoom out

  • For touch-sensitive screens, use the finger & thumb squeeze / spread technique (or similar, as appropriate for the device being used).

Changing the field of view

To move the map within the map-window (i.e. to view adjacent areas of the map), do one of the following as appropriate for the device being used:

  • When using a mouse or other separate pointing device: hold-down the left mouse button (or equivalent), then move the mouse (pointing device) to drag the map in the desired direction.

  • When using a touch-screen device: touch the screen and, while maintaining contact with the screen, drag the map in the desired direction.


In some cases, numbered markers are used. In such cases, the numbers act as cross-references to the summary information frames displayed above or bleow the map.

For the 'Explore Using Maps' option, each marker includes a pictograms that represents the 'place type'. As the symbols are reasonably intuitive, no key has been provided.

To view information about a place

If using an input device other than a touch-screen (e.g. a mouse), 'hovering' the cursor over a marker will open a 'tool-tip' box containing the place name, place type(s) and star-rating for the place in question.

For SOME interactive maps, it is possible to open a small window overlay containing brief details about a place by clicking or tapping on the relevant marker.  (To close the overlay, click / tap on the small [x] button located in the top-right corner of the window.)

Additional Help

Data allowances and response times

Please note that the interactive maps make heavy demands on the internet connection to download and resize the maps.

If you have a small data allowance, making extensive use of the maps can quickly exceed that allowance, which could prove costly.

If you are using a slow connection, the maps will be slow to load and, in some cases they may 'time-out' (i.e. fail to load).

In some cases, it is possible to reduce the data-usage and potentially speed-up response times by reducing the width of the browser window. On desktop devices, this can usually be done by dragging one of the sidebars inwards as the map is set to automatically display at a maximum of 90% of the 'device width'. (In most browsers, resizing the browser window effectively reduces the 'device width'.) For most tablets and mobile phones, rotating the screen from landscape mode into portrait mode will have a similar effect. However, if the map is too small, it will become difficult and / or frustrating to use.

Another way of reducing the amount of data-downloaded and speeding-up the page-load time (refresh rate) is to switch from the 'satellite' (aerial photography) view to the simpler 'map' (road atlas / street-map) view. Google normally provides buttons to do this somewhere within the map space.


Please note that the base mapping for the interactive maps is supplied by third parties (e.g. Esri and Wikimedia). The owner of this website is not responsible for (and has no control over):

  • the content of the base maps (including any advertising information and / or links that may be displayed on the base maps), or
  • the built-in functionality of the mapping application that drives and displays these maps.

Please also note that the interactive mapping service may be altered or suspended at any time, without either notice or compensation.