Winchester’s history is set to be more accessible with the introduction of new trails around the city centre, following in the footsteps of King Alfred the Great, Keats and the Medieval Jews of Winchester.
Launched by historian and TV personality Dan Snow at on 17 March at the Great Hall, the QuizTrail app offers an interactive and fun way to explore while learning fascinating facts about your surroundings on the way. Winchester’s heritage trails sit alongside a history trail ‘blazed’ by Dan himself in Winchester and his trails in York, Bath, Canterbury and London.
QuizTrail is gaining popularity around the world with trails in Australia, Africa, the Middle East and across Europe. Uniquely, the QuizTrail website allows users to create their own trails for free which can then be shared with others to follow on their iPhones.
Dan Snow explained, “Learning History from a book is great, but actually being able to get out and go to those amazing historic sites and learn whilst you are having fun is a brilliant concept – and that’s exactly what QuizTrail does – using the technology of today to learn about the people who created history right where you’re standing.”
The QuizTrail concept uses interactive mobile phone technology with an element of competition: ‘Trailseekers’ collect points by answering questions along the route and compete with each other to complete trails. Anyone can become a ‘Trailblazer’ by dropping pins onto a map using the GPS-enabled software and devising an engaging question at each waypoint. These could be trivia questions, cryptic challenges or objects to find, scavenger style.
Visit Winchester have created a number of themed trails to enable you to explore the diverse stories hidden in Winchester's past. Click on the tabs to the left hand side to find out more about them.
The app is only available on iOS devices: DOWNLOAD HERE