All the locations mapped for Sunderland's new history tour app
A new magical history tour app has been launched across Sunderland to help young people find out about their area's past – Here’s our guide on how to use it.
Sunderland City Council have launched the North Sunderland Magical History Tour app to encourage youngsters to learn about the area’s past.
The interactive app is host to a trail of 17 points of interest across Sunderland where families can visit and collect characters at each destination by using a mobile device.
Running across five wards in Sunderland, the map includes areas such as Southwick, Castle, St Peter's, Fulwell and Redhill.
Instructions will appear on the smart phone once participants arrive at each map point.
Children and families are able to follow the pin points on the map where an augmented reality character will be hidden and will reveal information about the hidden history when they arrive.
Characters along the tour includes smuggler Spottee at Spottee's Cave in Roker, Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit at Southwick Green, a knight at Hylton Castle, a cavalier soldier at Downhill Skate Park and a monk at St Peters Church in Monkwearmouth.
During the hunt, the app recommends taking photos with the character which automatically save to ‘your collection’.
The North Sunderland Magical History Tour is free to download from today, 2 June on the Play Store (Android) and App Store (iOS).
Cllr Denny Wilson, Chair of the North Area Committee, said: "The north area of Sunderland is rich in its history and heritage. We wanted something that would be a fun way for children and families to find out more about their area's history and heritage as well as encouraging them to spend time together exploring the north area of the city.
"Being able to have your photo taken with some of the historical characters connected with Sunderland's past is a great interactive experience which we hope will appeal to families and children of all ages and backgrounds."
Locations on the app include:
- North Hylton riverside
- Hylton Colliery in Castletown
- Hylton Castle
- Downhill Skate Park between Boldon and Hylton Castle
- Redhouse housing estate
- Southwick Green
- Carley Hill News
- Fulwell Windmill
- Green area near Fulwell Comunnity Library
- St Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth
- Green area opposite Seaburn Inn
- Lower Dundas Street
- Seaburn beach near The Promenade
- Roker beach near Roker pods
- Roker beach playground
- Roker Park