Story-Trails 4+

A magical journey through time

Royal Holloway

    • 3.5 • 24 Ratings
    • Free

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Feel History Where it Happened

Step through a magic portal and experience the history of your town, where it happened. StoryTrails brings you untold stories from the BFI’s and BBC’s national media archives reimagined by local creatives to take you on an Augmented Reality journey through time and place.

Discover the stories behind the Imp of Lincoln, the Queens of Dumfries and the sporting heroes of Dundee, or time travel through the decades to walk among the echoes of ordinary people as they chat about the things that mattered.

StoryTrails brings history to life where it happened life through never seen before technologies of Niantic and Nexus Studios to feel the presence of our pasts today.

This national collection of over 30 different stories spans the whole of the UK, from Omagh to Lambeth, Swansea to Dundee. Brought to you by StoryFutures, the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling (, StoryTrails features David Olusoga and a host of up-and-coming UK talent.

This free AR App forms part of a major collaboration between the BFI, the BBC, StoryFutures, Nexus Studios, The Reading Agency, ProduceUK, ISO Design as part of UNBOXED, Creativity in the UK (


- Bringing the past to life through cutting-edge Augmented Reality technology and machine learning.
- Explore 16 different walking routes through 15 UK towns.
- Experience ‘A Moment Across Time’ to jump back through time anywhere in the UK
- Leave ‘Hope Notes’ to leave your mark in AR for the future.

Technical Requirements

Advanced AR and Visual Positioning features are supported on:

o iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X
o iPhone XR, Xs, Xs Max
o iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
o iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max
o iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max

Operating System
o OS 14 and above

We recommend you first run this experience on Wi-Fi.

Be Safe

While you are using StoryTrails, please be aware of your surroundings, and play and communicate safely.

You agree that your use of the App is at your own risk, and that you will not use StoryTrails to violate any applicable law, regulation, Event policies, or instructions as outlined in these Terms and you will not encourage or enable any other individual to do so.


By downloading and using the Story-Trails experience, you agree to the Terms of Use:

The AR experience uses online identifiers to provide StoryFutures with general statistics.

The StoryTrails AR experience is for your personal, non-business use only. No commercial use of the app or any content made available within is permitted.
The terms of the handset that you are using for the app and the Apple App Store store also apply.

What’s New

Version 2.9.3

Copy & UI updates; bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Gentleman cyclist ,

Something different

A really different way of telling local history. Tried it Slough and it was great.

AngelOfQueens ,

Amazing hidden histories

Brilliant project guiding you AR stories of unrepresented histories across Britain. Really enjoyed doing this at my local library with my kids. Education and fun

chrisNicky265265 ,


Cannot get past the terms and conditions page. Does not allow to accept. Waste of time. Great idea but useless.

App Privacy

The developer, Royal Holloway, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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