Historical Lichfield Lichfield Time Travellers: An AR Trail

A new interactive Augmented Reality trail experience through the streets of central Lichfield.

About this trail


In Lichfield, time can get very thin.

So thin, that it rips apart!

Men and women from the city’s past are being pulled through time portals into the modern world.

Will you meet them all?

Good luck time traveller!

Get the app now

Download our interactive AR trail easily, just search for Lichfield Time Travellers in the Apple Store or Google Play Store* or click the links below and start meeting characters from Lichfield’s history now!

Apple/iOS: https://apple.co/3EYlOFy

Google Play/Android: https://bit.ly/LTTforAndroid

*Note: As this is a new app, it may take a little while for Lichfield Time Travellers to appear in search for Google Play Store. If you cannot find it with search please use the link above.

What is it?

Lichfield Time Travellers is a new interactive Augmented Reality (AR) trail experience through the streets of central Lichfield.

Like ‘PokémonGo for history’, Lichfield Time Travellers brings the stories of this historic city and its people to life.

Now you can take a walk with the new app and meet historical figures like Dr Samuel Johnson, poet Anna Seward, Dr Erasmus Darwin, actor David Garrick and more.

As you explore Lichfield’s historic streets you can find and open time portals by scanning the area around you with your phone to meet the sons and daughters of Lichfield through the ages and hear their stories.

You can collect time crystals from every wonderful character you meet, releasing an artefact trapped inside. Will you collect every artefact?

Easy to explore

It’s easy to enjoy the Lichfield Time Traveller’s AR experience.

Start by download the app to your iOS and Android device by clicking these hyperlinks or searching for Lichfield Time Travellers in the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Once the app is downloaded, you’ll enjoy a short introduction before a live map launches to help you navigate the trail.

Remember, for the app to work you must be in Lichfield city centre!

Follow these handy tips to find your way around the interactive map of characters and make the most of the app:

  • Use the live map to find and navigate to the time portals located around the centre of Lichfield.
  • Use the app menu button to see the full list of characters, settings and to get back to your collectibles.
  • You can turn subtitles on or off in settings.
  • You’ll receive a notification whenever you get close to a time portal.
  • Tap the notification to begin the AR experience and meet whoever the portal pulls into the modern world.
  • Hold your phone up to use the camera view to scan for a place to launch the portal with the push of a button.
  • Meet characters from Lichfield past and hear their stories!
  • Collect the time crystals they leave behind by touching them and collect the artefacts they contain.

For more information about getting the most out of the app, download our Frequently Asked Questions Document at the bottom of the page.

Happy Hunting Time Traveller!

Lichfield Time Travellers has been developed with the expert knowledge of our Visit Lichfield tour guides and several key partners, including:

Creative direction and content development was provided by this great adventure.

This project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, The Welcome back fund.

The project has been funded by the £185,002 received from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Fund’s Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Ministry of Levelling up, Communities and Housing is the managing authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regeneration.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lichfield Time Travellers

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