Visitors can now take a guided tour of Lightwoods Park using their smartphones or tablets – thanks to an audio guide app.
The Bearwood park, in Adkins Lane, now has its very own GeoTourist tour.
It means visitors can download the app to listen to a spoken tour around the historical parkland and its features.
The tour takes in the Shakespeare Garden, the water fountains, aviary, the restored bridge, bandstand and other landmarks. It’s narrated by Julia Morris, Lightwoods’ community engagement officer.
The park and the stunning Lightwoods House has been transformed thanks to a £5.2million restoration funded by the council, Heritage Lottery and the BIG Lottery Fund.
Staff are now looking at expanding the tour to cover other landmarks and history of the park.
Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Steve Eling said: “The new app is yet another great reason to visit Lightwoods Park.
“The history of the park and house is fascinating and the audio tour means visitors can access that and learn about the park’s historic features at any time.”
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure Councillor Bill Gavan added: “So many people visit the park but might not know, for example, that it was used as Red Cross military hospital in the great war, or that the plants in the Shakespeare Garden all feature in the bard’s plays.
“I hope people will download it and learn something new about the house and park on their next visit.”
To hear the tour, simply go to the GeoTourist website or your app store and download the app for iPhone/iPads or Android phones and tablets. Simply open the app when you next visit Lightwoods Park to enjoy the tour.
Fore more details about Lightwoods park and house go to the Lightwoods website.