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mp3cityguides adds York, Madrid and new Paris tour to its collection



The downloadable city audio tours provider mp3cityguides is launching three new additions to its fast growing portfolio.

York, Madrid and a second Paris tour, Paris - Romance & Revolution, will be live on the site - from Monday 31st March. City visitors who download the tours onto their iPods or mp3players will get mp3cityguides’ unique mixture of historical perspectives and quirky facts in an easy to use format as they are guided around these beautiful cities.

“York was one of the cities that our site visitors were most keen to see us do and I’m particularly proud of it because we’ve introduced sound effects and new music for the first time - they really help create the right atmosphere,” says Simon Brooke, mp3cityguides’ founder. “We’ve also added a new category in our Printed Guide called Highly Recommended for those restaurants, shops and cafes which we rate particularly highly.”

York starts at the Castle Museum, explains the dark history of Clifford’s Tower, introduces visitors to the elegant Fairfax House, talks about the amazing discovery made there earlier this year and then goes through the streets including the Shambles, explaining the gruesome origin of the name, before ending up at the great Minster.

Madrid begins with the grand royal palace, explains where the city gets its name from, talks about its development from medieval backwater to capital of half of the world and then takes visitors through the oldest square, the grandest square and the liveliest while explaining what the Madrilenos do with grapes on New Year’s Eve and why they eat so much ham. After discussing the grandeur of the early twentieth century buildings, the tour finishes with the Golden Triangle of Art galleries.

Paris – Romance & Revolution starts in the Place de la Concorde by revealing its names over the centuries as Paris was rocked by revolution. As they gaze over this famous square, listeners hear why Parisians would once have lived in terror of one of the grand mansions which borders it, learn about the best food shop in Paris and what monks have to do with cappuccino. The secrets of the Garnier Opera house are revealed and the tour goes on to show how one speech in the gardens of the Palais Royal, although tranquil and often overlooked by tourists today, sparked the French Revolution of 1789.

After strolling through the historic Marais district and the Place de Bastille where they hear why its liberation was actually something of an anti-climax, listeners finish in the elegant and peaceful but often overlooked Ile Saint Louis.

The guides, like all 13 others by mp3cityguides cost £7.99 – less than most conventional guide books and include a Printed Guide with details of each city’s best museums, art galleries, castles and churches as well as its best restaurants, most interesting shops and coolest bars.


For information please contact: Simon Brooke on 020 8987 9646 or 07958 239892 or
Notes to editors:

1. A wide range of promotions and reader competitions is now available. Offer your readers our guides for up to £3 off.

2. Going on a city break yourself? Please get in touch for a free download of the York, Madrid or Paris – Romance & Revolution guides, or any of our other 13 tours.

3. With these new additions, mp3cityguides now has 16 tours covering ten of Europe’s most beautiful cities including Barcelona, Paris, Rome and Venice with many more to follow shortly.

Simply visit the site, choose a tour and download it onto your iPod or mp3player and you’ll be guided around a city, learning about what you see as you go.