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Herstmonceux Castle's Virtual Guide

Dave BrownThe Herstmonceux Castle estate is a wonderful space for everyone to explore and enjoy. Now, former Scholar-in-Residence Dave Brown has taken the experience even further. Dave has created an app called Interpretours, where visitors can access an interactive map of the Castle on their mobile phones. This ongoing project identifies points of interest around the gardens and grounds, writing compelling descriptions of them and suggesting interesting routes to guide our visitors around them.

Users are encouraged to update the descriptions of the points of interest and include their own stories about the Castle and its features by providing photos and sharing anecdotes, trivia, and childhood reminisces.

“It’s the human element that makes the Castle’s history after all,” says Dave. “History is brought to life by the stories of the people who have lived it, so the Herstmonceux Castle Interpretour is an excellent opportunity to share your stories.”

Though there’s no substitute for a knowledgeable tour guide, Dave hopes that the platform will enhance the experiences of visitors and Castle community members by delivering GPS-triggered multimedia content to their mobile phones, providing wayfinding information, interpretive routes of the extensive grounds, and interesting facts about the history, architecture, and evolution of the Castle and its grounds.

We are sure that alumni will have plenty of memories of life on the Castle grounds of their own, so to read more on the project to date, or even suggest your own points of interest to add to Dave’s list, visit the Interpretours website, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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