Free POI's from Garminfree.com
Selection of FREE POI for Garmin Satnav's
Just take a look at the boxes and the various items in them. Select the ones you want and click the BLUE TITLE to DOWNLOAD that POI set. Some modern web browsers (firefox, IE9 etc) have changed the way DOWNLOADS work to try and combat virus's. If you can't seem to save these DOWNLOADs please see our FAQ section
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This "Feature Collection" contains all of the main hotels as well as some cheaper night spots, from Crown Plaza, Marriott & Hilton to Holiday Inn and Travel lodges. This is an indispensable guide to hotels in the UK. We recently added 15 more hotel brands to this file.
How to Install these POI
Save the Download
first off SAVE the DOWNLOAD from the left hand side of this page by clicking on the BLUE HEADLINE NAME for that POI you need.
Make sure you save the file to a place you can find on your PC, DESKTOP or DOCUMENTS is best. Its a ZIP file and so you may need to tell you VIRUS/FIREWALL software to allow it.
Unzip the Download
Now you go to the DOWNLOAD you saved earlier and its a ZIp file. So you OPEN that up using the standard windows open command or WinZip.
Inside you will find a .BMP image (that's the little icon you will see on the garmin and are shown to the right of the boxes containing the POIs to the left.
You will also find a .CSV file - this is the actual data file and has the latitude, Longitude, Name and Phone number (if relevant) for that location inside it.
Get Garmin POILoader
To load the extracted files you require a tool from Garmins website,. Its called POI Loader and can load up POI's onto the Garmin device. You can find it HERE - its rather hard to locate on Garmins site and the compatibility list of Satnav's is rather out of date as well. Best download a copy and try it out.
Install Garmin POILoader
SAVE the POILoader to your computer, locate it and run it. The installer will run - you only nee Install it the once and you can then use it many times.
You can check its installed by trying to open and start it - which you do by clicking on START - ALL PROGRAMS - GARMIN - GARMIN POILOADER if its there and you can start it up - its all good !
Start and Use Garmin POILoader
With the loader started you need to connect your Garmin so the loader will find it. Once its found then you can step through the options.
Its pretty simple to load up some POI files. There are two modes - one loads up every file in a directory./ The other gives a bit more control and loads up files individually from the Directory. Make sure you collect your POI files into one directory, its doesn't like trying to load every potential file from a whole hardisk !
Load the Unzipped Files
Make sure your POI contents are all in one folder. Then BROWSE FOR CONTENT and select the folder. It will then pickup the contents - choose EXPRESS MODE. This will load all the POI files into the Garmin - job done !
After loading you should see this message;
"You have successfully loaded xxx Points Of Interest into your Garmin"
Unplug the Garmin and turn it on to check the POI have been loaded. They appear in different places on each Garmin model.
We suggest looking in CUSTOM - POI or EXTRAS -CUSTOM or FAVOURITES - CUSTOM POI. If the message confirmed they had been loaded and you cannot find them - refer to the Garmin manual.
Advanced POI Options
There are a number of more advanced uses for the loader. Depending on the contents and the services you are after. You can set speed and distance warnings for any locations (use often for Speed Cameras, Low Bridges etc).
You can also select certain files and avoid others. If you are interested in these advanced options we suggest you read the Help guide with the POILoader.
Our sister site does a full system for Low Bridges, Narrow Roads, Widths, Weights and so on for Caravans, Motorhomes, Trucks, Tatlers and HGV's at WWW.HGVSOLUTIONS.COM
How can I use the POIs that you have here ?
Quick guide to loading POI onto your Garmin
OK - this is for those who have a technical side and want to just be told what to do simply:
- Save the DOWNLOAD
- Unzip the DOWNLOAD
- Get Garmin POILOADER
- Install the Garmin POILOADER
- Use the Garmin POILOADER
- Load up Unzipped files
- Complete - test on Garmin