The Combermere Abbey estate sits almost exactly
equidistant between the beautiful and historic cathedrals cities of Chester and Shrewsbury
- both are a shade over twenty miles away; in each case a very easy twenty
miles drive straight up or down the A41. Both have historical associations going back
thousands of years, both were important strategic bases, both were the sites of
major battles, and both were important bulwarks against Welsh marauders. Oh yes, and both
make a lovely day out when you're staying in one of the Abbey's five star
We would urge you to visit each in turn - the Cheshire/Shropshire
county border goes right through the woodland at Combermere so we have a strong
allegiance to them both.
Nowadays though the more northerly of the two has
something special - something very Twenty-First century. It's called Chester
Walls Quest and is a free smartphone app - the first of its kind for a heritage
site in Britain: A new game-based,
self-guided tour around the City Walls and Towers. It helps visitors to
experience the heritage highlights and share their experiences in an entirely
new way, and it makes discovering the story of the Walls more fun
and interactive than ever before.
The app combines factual information
with maps, stunning multimedia and the option to play a social location ‘quest'
game than enables the visitor to unlock more content as they ‘check-in' to
different locations around the Walls. A GPS mapping
system makes it easy for visitors to navigate around the Walls at their own
pace, and layered content (whatever that is) enables you to choose what kind of
experience you want - whether it's a family day out, or a more in-depth
The app is supported by an interactive website, which visitors
can use to plan their visit or follow it up afterwards. Astonishing, eh? And
whatever the Romans did do for us, phone apps weren't one of them.
The cottages at
Combermere make a terrific base for exploring this delightful part of the
world, are the last word in luxury, and tranquillity and beautiful surroundings
come free! Click here for more information, photos, and availability. What
next, a Combermere Abbey app? Hmmmm, now there's a thought ...