VisitEngland, the official national tourist board of England has released a handy free app just in time for the big Olympic hoopla. The app, titled Enjoy England, offers easy acess to thousands of tourist attractions around the country. It is fairly simplistic, as apps go, but allows for searching thousands of places of interest to visitors, has helpful maps and directions, and tools for trip planning. TBTP reader and contributor Evan Smythe has alerted us to Enjoy England and offered the following app review:
“The app is very straightforward – you just enter a location you wish to search, or pick from the drop-down list under ‘Select Location’. If you pick London for example, it currently lists 492 locations that you can visit. You can then refine this list using the ‘Categories’ button, which allows you to pick places that offer free admission, are indoor, outdoor, or somewhere that Visit England believes is a ‘Must see’. Alternatively you can use the ‘Location’ button to identify places within a certain distance from your current location – 1 mile, 2 miles and so on. Once you click through to the attraction itself, there’s a shot description, an address and, at the bottom, a very useful function, “Get Directions”. This then takes you through to the native Google Maps application where you can display the route from your current location to the attraction, either by car, public transport or on foot.
There’s also an option to ‘Upload a Suggestion’ if there’s a particular attraction that you think should be listed. The ‘Enjoy England’ app is quite basic, but I can see it being useful if you’re at a loose end and want to explore the local area – there may be places nearby that you’ve not discovered yet. You can find ‘Enjoy England’ in both the Apple iTunes and Google stores on your phone, and they’re both free.”