Google Street View has been upgraded, updating 250,000 miles of roads across the globe and doubling its number of special collections enabling users virtually to step inside more specific points of interest. 

The update increases the number of places users can view panoramically around the world from the comfort of their computer and, most recently, smartphone and tablet devices.

The update encompasses Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the US, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada with special collections being added in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico.. 

Users will now be able to take a virtual stroll around Stanley Park in Vancouver or visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan. 

With double the amount of special collections - a tool that provides images from inside specific points of interest - visitors can now enter the Elsinore Castle in Denmark for example, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

Google recently enabled Street View to be accessed via mobile devices – though it’s still very much a work in progress.

It follows on the back of Apple opting to provide its own mapping solution for its new iOS 6 platform. A solution that’s faced its fair share of teething troubles.