IELTS® Listening Practice 78

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(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at Warwick Castle. 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 arriving on time for our tour this morning.  Welcome to Warwick Castle. As you know, this is a 90-minute tour so let’s get started right away so that we don’t waste any of our 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, Warwick Castle was built for William the Conqueror in 1068, although there was a fort constructed on the site in 914 AD. The first step of the tour will be to enter through the main gate, which is the entrance to the castle, and you will see that it is a very heavy gate made of iron. Once you enter the main castle compound you will see yellow arrows showing the way to the bathrooms, and blue ones pointing to the gift shop. By the way, if you get lost, please make you way back down to the entrance – that big tree over there will be our meeting point at the end of the tour.

After crossing the gate into the main castle area, we’ll take the direct route to the top of the castle, up a huge flight of steps – I think there are around 450 so do be prepared for that. They are very steep so please hold on to the handrail, and climb slowly to avoid losing your footing. These steps used to be the original entrance to the castle. For those of you who aren’t keen on climbing so many steps, there is a gentler, but longer, alternative route called the West Path that leads all the way around Castle Hill. If you take this route, please follow the red dots on the path to find your way to the top of the castle. 

Now, once we get to the top of the castle, you will see the Exhibition Hall. You can see it marked on your map with a big yellow dot. Now, the exhibits change on a regular basis but at the moment we have a stunning collection of old photographs showing life in Warwick through the ages. I highly recommend that you take the time to look at them. They really are fascinating. 

Also at the top of Castle Rock, you see our Common 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 wedding ceremony booked this afternoon

However you will be able 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 whole city. Hopefully, you have all brought sun cream as the sun is out for once!

We’ll end the tour at the Visitor’s Centre, so I’ll just tell you a little but about the prices in case any of you are interested in taking out membership of the Castle. We actually have a special offer on at the moment so if you join, it costs £30 a year or £65 for a family with up to two children. It’s quite good value because members get free drinks in the coffee shop, and you can use it anytime whether or not you are entering the castle.

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

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