Technology is changing the face of our cities and the way we are interacting with them. Cultural heritage forms a large and growing part of every city today. This paper reviews a number of available smart technologies and looks at different examples of their application in the cultural heritage field. It also looks at the smart cultural heritage initiatives in the Kingdom of Bahrain and points out areas that need further attention to achieve smarter cultural heritage for the Kingdom of Bahrain. © 2019 Institution of Engineering and Technology. All rights reserved.