IELTS Cue Card Sample 490 - Describe an interesting place in your hometown

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an interesting place in your hometown.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you can go there
  • what people do there

and explain why you think it is an interesting place.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
I live in a rather small town which doesn’t really have many interesting things to see or places to visit. However, there is one thing, which my small town can boast of, is the existence of a beautiful river garden, and today, I would like to talk about that here.

Anyway, initially, this river garden, as the story goes, used to be privately-owned by some famous landlord of our town, but later on, it was acquired by our local city government about 50 years ago or so. But, whoever is in charge of taking care of this beautiful river garden, which stretches about a couple of hundred metres in length and 50 metres wide on one side of the river coast, I must thank them from the very bottom of my heart because it is a beautiful looking river garden.

Many people, from my town as well as from the outside, visit this magnificent river garden to enjoy the stunning nature. Some even visit it to have some family picnic (not allowed to cook anything there though) and after-wedding photo sessions.

This river garden contains a collection of differing herbaceous borders which are a mixture of the conventional to some unusual plantings, but it surely offers a great view of the river if looked over from the other side. Besides, the impressive stretch of lawn, just below the garden, leading down to the river also looks distinctly remarkable. By the way, since this river garden is not really far from the city centre, one can easily go there with their own transportations. People can even reach there on feet if they are willing to walk about 30 minutes.

Well, I consider this place to be interesting because it is really old and also has many stories (more like legends) to tell. It is fascinating also because all kinds of people visit this place with only one goal, and that is to just enjoy the exquisite view of a river and the mother nature at its best.


Sample Answer 2:
For my job I currently live in the capital city of our country which is ... (say the name of the capital city in your country...). It has been more than 5 years since I left my hometown and yet this is the town where my heart belongs to. I will always remember the days and places where I spent my childhood and teenage, the golden years of my life. The name of my hometown is (...say the name of your hometown...) and it is located in the northern part of the (... say the city/ district name where this town belongs to...). This town will always be special to me, no matter where I go, how far I go. There are many interesting places if I consider from different perspectives in my hometown that I can recall now. Out of these places, the rail station, which is located in the southern corner of our city is the one I would like to talk about.

In my childhood, the rail station in my hometown was the most mysterious and interesting place for us. We, as children, were not allowed to enter the main premises where the train stopped and this prohibition made us more curious about this place. This is still a place which is quite interesting to me. This is probably because this rail station is the entry and exit point for me- to and from my hometown. When the train drops me in this station, I feel a sensation of being home. On the contrary, during the time of my departure, I feel an acute melancholy that I won't be able to express in words. This place has always been a mystery to me and it is still a place full of happiness, sadness and enigma.

From two other perspectives, this place is quite interesting to me. One- the surrounding view of this station is quite spectacular and would give someone an impression that he is standing on a tall mountain and can see the green fields below all around him. The view gives the first impression of the natural beauty this area has. In fact, I have never seen any other train station which is located in such a higher place and gives such a beautiful view.  Second- the different types of people who come here each day is an interesting thing to observe. Some people come here to sell numerous products, some wait for their relatives or family members to arrive, some to see off their relatives or friends, and finally, some are part of the administrative office of the rail authority. In my opinion, this is an interesting hub for people of different ages, places and purposes.

If I am to suggest a foreign tourist about the interesting places in my hometown, I would suggest him to start with this rail station. This rail station will give a very good idea for our town, people and places to be there. To me, this is the gateway to a beautiful town where my heart belongs to.


Sample Answer 3:
I live in New York with my parents. There are a good number of interesting places to see and visit here. But the New York Public Library is more interesting to me than any other places.

I am a citizen of the USA by birth but my parents are not. They came here in search of living from Larissa in Greece during the 1980s. They have been living for around 36 years in this city. After my birth and I got matured enough, they took me to different interesting places to visit in New York City, and these places are really interesting. But being an introvert, I disliked the crowds and the public library appeared to be more interesting to me than other places. The place is filled with books on numerous issues, magazines, documents and many other things. The classics available in the library were my favourite.

Going to the library is easier for me. In fact, this is not far away from my residence. The New York Public Library is only a 10-minute walk from my home. It remains open from 10 am to 8 pm, except for the weekends. Usually, I go there in the evening and read books or novels until the library is closed. Besides, the library is accessible from the other parts of the city. The people who want to visit the library can reach here using several transportation modes. They can reach the library by taxi, metro or by their private cars. But the people who live nearby, like me, come here mostly on foot.       

The New York Public Library is a great place to read. But the people who come here are not readers always. Some of them are researchers, while some others may be historians or musicians. Actually, the library is visited by a wide range of people. Basically, the library comes with the reading facilities. But there is also the scope to check the reference books, peep on the music directory or crosscheck any history. Besides, the reading rooms are well expanded and the readers have ample opportunities to use the books and references after their needs. But they have to be careful with the books. Silence among the readers while reading books is expected there.

Reading books may appear boring to many but it is very interesting to me. I love reading books. The books help us to know the unknown and unseen. The experiences of the past thousand years have been preserved in books in words. So, when I read them, it appears that I am travelling through time! But every place is not suitable for reading and it requires a very special environment. Hence, I think the library is a nice place to read. At the same time, it is an interesting place as an enriched collection of books are available together. In fact, it is impossible for an individual to collect a part of the books of this library in his entire life. So, I find more interest in reading books in a calm place and the New York Public Library is a place I would recommend to a tourist.  

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:

Topic: Describe an interesting place in your hometown.

1. The seaside in Brighton attracts me most. I can go there on foot because this is a five minutes’ walk from my residence. People usually spend their time together and enjoy the sunset scene. This is an interesting place for me because I can have the chance to enjoy the natural beauty. Moreover, I love to walk to the beachside and the waves wash my feet. Often I come here in the early morning to watch the sunrise. Considering all the matters, this is an interesting place for me.

2. Disneyland is an amusement park in California. I need to use my car to reach there because this is a bit far away from my home. People come here and enjoy themselves by taking rides. This is an interesting place because it allows people to get relaxed. In fact, people pass heft days and they do have less time for relaxation. This is a theme park made with attractive rides and features to make people feel relaxed. Considering the matters, I think this is really an interesting place.

3. The Eiffel Tower appears an interesting place for me. I can go there simply by walking. People all over the world come here and take their photos. In fact, this is a perfect place for photography. A good number of people come here every day and take their photos. This is an interesting place in Paris because the world admires the Eiffel Tower. This has become a global landmark for Paris. And I also love spending time near the structure. Considering everything, this appears an interesting place for me.

4. I did not have an idea that the Black Forest in Germany would attract so many people. In fact, this is a nice place to visit and I need to take a car ride to reach this mountainous region. People come here for relaxation. They take spas from the resorts and feel relaxed. The Black Forest is an interesting place indeed for its natural features. The entire place is naturally decorated with lake, flower gardens, wooded hills which have made it a great place in reality.

5. I love to visit Goa and this is not far from my residence. In fact, this is only a 10-minute walk from here. People all around the globe come here because this is a perfect place for entertainment. The water activities are the most attractive ones. The place appears interesting to me too for its natural resources. I love the sea beach mostly and often take a bath. Sometimes, I come here with my friends to have a party at night. If we did not have this place, we could not have enjoyed it so much. 

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