IELTS Cue Card: Describe a park or other green space in your hometown

Describe a park or other green space in your hometown

IELTS Cue Card Question 142 with Model Answer:

Describe a park or other green space in your hometown.

You should say:
  • how to get there from your house
  • what it is like
  • what you can do there
and say if many people go to that place or not, and why?
[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:
Parc Monceau is located near the Paris Metro Station and one of the renowned parks inside the city. This is a public park with carried types of plants and its history dates back to the 18th century and covers an area of over 20 acres.

The park is adjacent to my residence and I go for a walk every morning. The park being near to my place, I usually go by walking and could also be accessible from any parts of the city with different transportation modes. It is physically located in the 8th arrondissement in Paris. The location of the park is a prominent one as that is set at the junction of a couple of boulevards. The boulevards are better known as Rue Georges Berger, Boulevard de Courcelles and Rue de Prony. As a result, the park is always being used by different types of people at different times of the day. It was set by the Duke of Chartres, Phillippe d'Orléans. He was a wealthy man with a gorgeous taste and had bought the land to build this public park by his own initiative. The gardens inside the park are designed and maintained carefully. The park has nine gates and remains open from sunrise to sunset.

The park is like a small heaven inside the city. Though the park is located in France, it is highly influenced by the English taste as the Duke was fond of English culture. He was also a friend of the Prince of Wales and thus grew the taste towards English society. He, in fact, wanted to establish the park like a private garden that he saw in an English house in England and wanted to model the garden like that one. Though similar in style of Anglo-Chinese garden, the park could not take the complete shape as it was desired. In that time some other gardens were made following the same style as the Duke wanted and finally he gave up the idea and allowed the garden to be like as it is today. A German designer was appointed to design the garden and the Duke wanted that the design should be solely based on the unique ideas so that the visitors could get amazed with the garden and the landscape. The park is still in the way as it was desired by the Duke. The special art form charms the visitors and majority of them long to come back here again. 

There are a lot of things to do at the Parc Monceau. Usually, the park is visited by a wide range of visitor every day and they perform different things. The park is crowded in the morning and evening hours. In the morning, people usually come here to walk, jog and run. Sometimes, the kids also come to the park to play in the playground. Besides, in summer days, picnics are held in the open spaces of the park. At that moment, picnickers gather with groups and hold their respective events. They cook foods and enjoy the picnic. So, I think summer is the best time to visit the park if you want to enjoy the leisure hours. But in general, the park is used by the other people for common purposes. The populations living adjacent to the park, like me, come here to walk in the morning. The area becomes crowded in the morning with the noise of people and sometimes the kids also come in the morning to get exercise. Children usually come in the holidays for different sort of physical exercise and sports. Besides, the park demonstrates different relics of the 18th century which are also adorable and good to look at. Capturing still pictures is a common issue for the visitors, and many of the visitors are seen posing by the side of the relics and clicking pictures while some other are capturing the relics only.  

This is the only park that has an English style. The walkways are nicely curved. Besides, statues of different things are placed by the side of the walkways and in several other places. All these have made the Parc Monceau different from the contemporary parks. As a result, people of different strata come to visit the park every day. The design, being non-traditional, has elevated the beauty of the park. There are different things to enjoy at the park including a Chinese fort, Egyptian Pyramid, temple of Mars, Dutch windmill, Italian vineyard, Corinthian pillars and others. The most attractive things are the statues of renowned French people. All these have made the park a place to enjoy the natural beauty. So, a substantial number of people come to visit the park at different hours of the day.

If you can comfortably talk about this topic, you should be able to talk about the following Cue card topics as well:
  • Describe a place you often go to. 
  • Describe something you often do in the evening. 
  • Describe a popular place in your hometown.
  • Describe a naturally beautiful place you know about. 
  • Describe a worth visiting place in your city. 
  • Describe a place where you like to spend your leisure time.
  • Describe a place beside a river or lake.
  • Describe a place you have visited lately.