UK Countries and Territories by Postcode Area

by Rob Locher

I send a lot of air mail packages to the United Kingdom.  My mailing software gives me a warning if the country line of the address is "United Kingdom".  Perhaps the US Postal Service prefers the packages be addressed to specific countries so that the packages can be more efficiently routed.  (I haven't been able to find any such guidance in the International Mail Manual, but the US Postal Service do accept mail addressed to individual UK countries and territories.)  The UK is made up of four member countries, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  In addition, the Royal Mail delivers to several other political entities, such as the Channel Islands (roughly Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, and Sark), the Isle of Man, the Falkland Islands, and several other British Overseas Territories scattered around the globe.

The Royal Mail has an excellent address finder tool (click on "Find an address") that gives the complete address, other than the country, from the postcode and the house name or number.  I made this page so I can quickly find the country or territory from the postcode.  Unfortunately in some cases a postcode area stretches over the border between two of the member countries of the United Kingdom.  In that case, the recommended procedure is to find the address in Google Maps, and look to see which side of the border the address is (or just wing it, ha ha).

The table below was mostly borrowed from Wikipedia's list of postcode areas in the UK, with the postcodes for the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man manually added by me.  Wikipedia has an article about postcodes in the UK that also explains the overseas territories.

The "postcode area" is the first one or two letters of the postcode.

Postcode area Postcode area name Country
AB Aberdeen Scotland
AL St Albans England
B Birmingham England
BA Bath England
BB Blackburn England
BD Bradford England
BH Bournemouth England
BL Bolton England
BN Brighton England
BR Bromley England
BS Bristol England
BT Belfast Northern Ireland
CA Carlisle England
CB Cambridge England
CF Cardiff Wales
CH Chester England/Wales
CM Chelmsford England
CO Colchester England
CR Croydon England
CT Canterbury England
CV Coventry England
CW Crewe England
DA Dartford England
DD Dundee Scotland
DE Derby England
DG Dumfries / Dumfries and Galloway Scotland/England
DH Durham England
DL Darlington England
DN Doncaster England
DT Dorchester England
DY Dudley England
E London E England
EC London EC England
EH Edinburgh Scotland
EN Enfield England
EX Exeter England
FK Falkirk and Stirling Scotland
FY Blackpool / Fylde England
G Glasgow Scotland
GL Gloucester England
GU Guildford England
GY Guernsey Channel Islands
HA Harrow England
HD Huddersfield England
HG Harrogate England
HP Hemel Hempstead England
HR Hereford England/Wales
HS Outer Hebrides Scotland
HU Hull England
HX Halifax England
IG Ilford England
IM Isle of Man Isle of Man
IP Ipswich England
IV Inverness Scotland
JE Jersey Channel Islands
KA Kilmarnock Scotland
KT Kingston upon Thames England
KW Kirkwall Scotland
KY Kirkcaldy Scotland
L Liverpool England
LA Lancaster England
LD Llandrindod Wells Wales/England
LE Leicester England
LL Llandudno Wales/England
LN Lincoln England
LS Leeds England
LU Luton England
M Manchester England
ME Rochester / Medway (now sometimes known as Maidstone) England
MK Milton Keynes England
ML Motherwell Scotland
N London N England
NE Newcastle upon Tyne England
NG Nottingham England
NN Northampton England
NP Newport Wales/England
NR Norwich England
NW London NW England
OL Oldham England
OX Oxford England
PA Paisley Scotland
PE Peterborough England
PH Perth Scotland
PL Plymouth England
PO Portsmouth England
PR Preston England
RG Reading England
RH Redhill England
RM Romford England
S Sheffield England
SA Swansea Wales
SE London SE England
SG Stevenage England
SK Stockport England
SL Slough England
SM Sutton England
SN Swindon England
SO Southampton England
SP Salisbury / Salisbury Plain England
SR Sunderland England
SS Southend-on-Sea England
ST Stoke-on-Trent England
SW London SW England
SY Shrewsbury England/Wales
TA Taunton England
TD Galashiels / Tweeddale Scotland/England
TF Telford England
TN Tonbridge England
TQ Torquay England
TR Truro England
TS Cleveland / Teesside England
TW Twickenham England
UB Southall / Uxbridge England
W London W England
WA Warrington England
WC London WC England
WD Watford England
WF Wakefield England
WN Wigan England
WR Worcester England
WS Walsall England
WV Wolverhampton England
YO York England
ZE Lerwick / Zetland Scotland