IELTS Listening Practice 114

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Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at a historic site. First, you will have some time to look at questions 13 to 23 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 13 to 23.)

Guide:

Good morning everyone. Thank you all for joining me for our tour this morning.  Welcome to Hatfield Fort. As you know, this is a quick 45-minute tour so let’s get started right away to avoid wasting precious time. I’ll begin with a quick summary of what we are going to look at on the tour today.

Now, as many of you will already know, Hatfield Fort was built on this site in 1438, although there was a building of some description constructed on the site already in 1412 AD – we’re not entirely sure what it was used for but we suspect it was a functional farm building. The first step of the tour will be to enter through the main gate, which is the entrance to the fort, and you will see that it is a very heavy one made of wrought iron and thick blocks of timber. Once you enter the main fort area you will see red arrows pointing the way to the bathrooms, and blue ones indicating the gift shop. By the way, if you get lost, please make you way back down to the main entrance – the Information Kiosk over there will be our meeting point at the end of the tour.

After entering the main fort area, we’ll take the most direct route right up to the top of the fort. It’s up a long flight of steps – I think there are around 350, so do be prepared for that. They are very old and steep so please keep a tight hold of the handrail, and take extra care not to lose your footing. These steps used to be the original entrance to the fort. For those of you who don’t feel able to climb the staircase, there is a gentler route called the East Path that leads all the way around Fort and up to the top. It does take a bit more time though.

Now, once we get to the top of the fort, you will see our amazing exhibition that unfortunately closes tomorrow. Do take the opportunity to stop and take a look at the old photographs on display. They are remarkably well preserved and show great detail. As I said, I highly recommend that you take the time to look at them. They really are fascinating.

By the way, on the ground floor, you’ll also see our Conference Room, where we hold various types of functions – parties, weddings and so on. Today, unfortunately, you won’t be able to enter as we have a birthday party booked this afternoon.

However, that will give you extra time to admire the spectacular view over the city – you can see quite a long way from the top of the castle and you should be able to see the city in all its glory in the wonderful sunshine today. Hopefully, you have all brought sun cream!

We’ll end the tour at the Information Kiosk, so I’ll just tell you a little but about the prices in case you are interesting in taking out membership. We actually have a special offer on at the moment so if you join, it costs £40 a year or £75 for a family with up to three children. It’s quite good value because members get free sandwiches in the coffee shop, and you can use visit any time whether or not you are entering the fort.

Now, let’s start our tour. Just follow me …

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