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World Heritage App Launched

A new free iphone app helps visitors explore Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

Oct 18, 2011

The idea behind the app is to help visitors discover the nooks and crannies of the World Heritage Site, and to encourage them to engage more with their historic surroundings. The app was developed by Edinburgh World Heritage, with funding from Historic Scotland.

Edinburgh’s extensive World Heritage Site encompasses the Old and New Towns and contains almost 5,000 listed buildings, but most visitors rarely stray further than the Royal Mile and Princes Street. The new app takes users to secluded corners just off busy streets such as Bakehouse Close, and tranquil hidden locations like St Bernard’s Well on the Water of Leith.

The app features city maps and zoomable high-resolution photos, as well as audio clips to help bring the buildings to life with stories of past residents and events. Users can also add their own photos and comments on things they have found, leaving digital breadcrumbs for others to follow and discover these unique places themselves.

A key element is the game feature which enables users to compete against each other, scoring points for finding places and winning bonuses for answering questions about the location. This is not just for those with a competitive streak, the idea is to encourage users to look and think much more about the historic building or location.

Download the Edinburgh - World Heritage City App from itunes.

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