National Trust for iPhone review

Billed as the Nation's heritage guardian, the National Trust work to preserve and protect the buildings, countryside and coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With hundreds of venues to visit, National Trust for iPhone aims to provide a pocket-sized guide for those planning a holiday or day out.


Developed in-house by the National Trust ,it's not a bad start with an easy on the eye interface that lists venues closest to you or,alternatively, in a  long alphabetical list. For the impulsive, the 'Local To Me' estimates how far you are from any number of venues, though you'll likely  need a car to get to many. Venue listings include useful information on what you'll likely to be able to see and do, a little background history and where possible, a photo to help set the scene. More photos, individual galleries for venues for instance, along with audio and video content would be great additions for future updates.


National Trust for iPhone also offers details on opening hours, entry prices and concessions, facilities and the like and also has a search function for finding locations and venues by name. The application does a good job of selling each place ,highlighting points of interest  and reasons, weather permitting, to visit. The makers point out the National Trust application does not include information from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) since the National Trust and NTS are two separate charities, run independently from each other.

OUR VERDICT

National Trust for iPhone probably won't replace a more detailed tour guide, but as a snapshot and overview of venues across England, Wales and Northern Ireland it's a good place to plan a visit. The National Trust have built a quality iPhone application, which,hopefully, they'll build upon to produce an essential digital guide.

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