How to Find the 'Doctor Who' TARDIS in Google Maps

Hint: It's bigger on the inside

Doctor Who fans can't get enough of the British TV series, which is the longest-airing science fiction series in the world. They also can't get enough of Doctor Who lore, which includes the TARDIS, the blue police box — think phone booth — that serves as the show's Time and Relative Dimension in Space device, hence, TARDIS. The Doctor uses the TARDIS to travel in space and time.

In this Easter egg, Google Maps managed to capture the TARDIS in a rare Street View in London. You can explore the TARDIS from inside Google Maps Street View and see exactly how much bigger it is on the inside than the outside.

An Easter egg—like the Google Maps TARDIS Street View—is an inside joke (or message or secret feature) that is intentionally difficult to stumble upon. It also only works on the desktop version of Google Maps.

The Doctor is not in. There are no doctors, no companions, and no aliens in the TARDIS. It is an empty set for you to explore. That said, it's still really, really cool.

Visit the TARDIS

Tardis on Google Maps - screenshot

To visit the TARDIS, open Google Maps in a computer browser, make sure you're in Street View, and then:

  1. Enter 232 Earls Ct Rd, Earl's Court, London SW5 9RD in Google Maps to go to the location.

  2. Select Earl's Court Police Box in the At this location section in the left panel.

  3. Click the blue police call box at the top of the left panel.

  4. Select Street View & 360 from above the images. It shows the TARDIS just in front of the Earl's Court station for the London Underground. 

    If you have trouble finding it, use this police call box shortcut to go straight to the 3D image.

  5. Then you can select any of the images to view the inside and walk around.

  6. When you are ready to exit, go toward the double exit doors (if you can find them) and click them to return to the street.

Can't get in? Here's a direct link to the inside. It's much more fun to find it by using Street View, though. Check out the level of detail. It's incredible. You can't navigate into other rooms, but you can zoom in to view details of the set and angles that you don't normally get to see, such as the ceiling. Hopefully, you won't lose too much time exploring the Time Lord's ship.

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