Minecraft: 86,000 square miles of Great Britain recreated in a fortnight

Tuesday, 24th September 2013 09:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Minecraft’s biggest ‘real’ world so far has been forged by map-making body Ordnance Survey. They’ve mapped out 86,000 square miles of Great Britain in just a fortnight. See it here.

The BBC reports that this digital rendition of Great Britain was crafted by Ordnance Survey intern Joseph Braybrook, who mapped it all out in collaboration with the company’s Innovation Labs team, together with its OpenData tech.

Speaking with the site, Ordnance Survey’s Innovation Lab manager Graham Dunlop said, “We think we may have created the largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data. The resulting map shows the massive potential not just for using Minecraft for computer technology and geography purposes in schools, but also the huge scope of applications for OS OpenData too.”

The world was created with over 22 billion Minecraft blocks, and once players enter it, they will emerge at the Ordnance Survey HQ in Southampton. From there they are free to build on top of the map.

You can download it here at 3.6GB.

What do you make of the above?

Via PCGamesN.



  1. silkvg247

    I don’t remember there being lava at stonehenge.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. viralshag

    You obviously haven’t been there lately. Loads of it. Everywhere.

    They should put that in schools to get kids excited about visiting a site like Stonehenge to see the lava. Then they get there and realise it’s actually a single-rope fence that keeps you 30 feet away in the drizzling rain and mud.

    Stonehenge, truly a day out to remember.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Gekidami

    Whats the bright green stuff meant to be?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. TheWulf

    Welp, I actually appreciate the creativity of Minecraft. People are always up to something or other in it. Whilst this might not be the most impressive thing ever, it’s certainly very interesting. It’s always nice to see people trying things like this, though, and I think it should be lauded.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. revolting

    @3 pathways covered in rubbish dropped by an endless procession of tourists.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. minecraftplayonline

    I find some good Minecraft games at, you can play minecraft game free on this one.

    #6 1 year ago

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