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52 Places Vocabulary in English

Places Vocabulary in English

Places Vocabulary in the city and useful names of things in the city with pictures and examples. If you are in an English speaking city and would like to request directions to a specific location. 

For example, a city hall, movie theater or police station, you will need to know how to refer to these places vocabulary by their English names.

This type of places vocabulary is also useful when reading street signs while in an English-speaking city and will help you understand them better.

52 Places vocabulary


In this places vocabulary, you will be able to learn the names of all the important places that you will usually find when you are in the city.

Here are the names of places in cities and the most common, memorize them and read them again and again well:

1. Academy

A: A place of study or training in a special field.

  • A police academy. 

B: A society or institution of distinguished scholars and artists or scientists that aims to promote and maintain standards in its particular field.

  • The National Academy of Sciences.

2. Airport: A complex of runways and buildings for the takeoff, landing, and maintenance of civil aircraft, with facilities for passengers.

  • My parents saw me off at the airport.

3. Area

A: A region or part of a town, a country, or the world.

  • Rural areas of New Jersey. 

B: The extent or measurement of a surface or piece of land.

  • The area of a triangle. 

C: A subject or range of activity or interest.

  • The key areas of science.

D: A sunken enclosure giving access to the basement of a building.

  • A bicycle padlocked to the area railing. 

4. Bank: A place where you can keep or borrow money.

  • I need to go to the bank on my way home.

5. Barber shop: A shop where a barber works.

  • The action opens in a barber shop

6. Beach: A pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the ocean between high- and low-water marks.

  • Fabulous sandy beaches.

7. Beauty shop/salon: A place where your hair, face, and body can be given special treatments to improve their appearance.

  • Is there a beauty shop near here? 

8. Block of flats: A large building that is divided into apartments.

  • That old block of flats is a real eyesore! 

9. Bus station: A terminal where buses arrive and depart.

  • She called him up from the bus station.

10. Café: A restaurant where simple and usually quite cheap meals are served.

  • There's a little café on the corner that serves very good coffee.

11. Capital

A: The most important city or town of a country or region, usually its seat of government and administrative center.

  • Warsaw is the capital of Poland.

B: Wealth in the form of money or other assets owned by a person or organization or available or contributed for a particular purpose such as starting a company or investing.

  • Rates of return on invested capital were high.

C: A letter of the size and form used to begin sentences and names.

  • He wrote the name in capitals.

12. Church: A building for Christian religious activities.

  • The town has four churches.

13. Cinema: A theatre where people pay to watch films:

  • The town no longer has a cinema.

14. Class

A: A set or category of things having some property or attribute in common and differentiated from others by kind, type, or quality.

  • The accommodations were good for a hotel of this class.

B: The system of ordering a society in which people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status.

  • People who are socially disenfranchised by class.

C: A group of students who are taught together.

  • Selected pupils act as representatives for the whole class.

15. College

A: An educational institution or establishment, in particular one providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training.

  • I'm at college, studying graphic design.

B: An organized group of professional people with particular aims, duties, and privileges.

  • The electoral college.

16. Corniche: A road cut into the edge of a cliff, especially one running along a coast.

  • Strolling along the Corniche in Beirut. 

17. Desert: An area, often covered with sand or rocks, where there is very little rain and not many plants.

  • They were lost in the desert for nine days.

18. Disco, night club

A: A club or party at which people dance to recorded pop music.

  • On Friday evenings, he often attended a disco with school friends. 

B: A style of pop music intended mainly for dancing to, typically soul-influenced and melodic with a regular bass beat, popular particularly in the late 1970s.

  • The music hops from one genre to another – electropop and post-punk, but also disco, hip-hop, and soul.

19. Factory: A building or buildings where people use machines to produce goods.

  • She worked in a factory that produced air conditioners.

20. Farm: An area of land, together with a house and buildings, used for growing crops and/or keeping animals as a business.

  • We worked on the farm in summer.

21. Fire department: An organization that works to prevent unwanted fires and stop them from burning:

  • He joined the New York City Fire Department.

22. Food Court: A large area or room, for example inside a shopping centre, where there are small restaurants selling many different types of food that you can eat at tables in the middle of the area.

  • Certainly. It's through the mall, above the food court.

23. Gym: A place or club where you can go to exercise using machines, weights, and other equipment:

  • I go to the gym twice a week.

24. Hospital: A place where people who are ill or injured are treated and taken care of by doctors and nurses.

  • She spent a week in hospital.

25. Hotel: An establishment providing accommodations, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists.

  • A five-star hotel. 

26. House

A: A building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.

  • My wife and I are moving to a new house. 

B: A building in which people meet for a particular activity.

  • A house of prayer.

C: A religious community that occupies a particular building.

  • The Cistercian house at Clairvaux.

D: A legislative or deliberative assembly.

  • The sixty-member National Council, the country's upper house.

E: A style of popular dance music typically using synthesized drum and bass lines, sparse repetitive vocals, and a fast beat.

  • DJs specializing in techno, garage, and house.

27. Institute: An organization where people do a particular type of scientific, educational, or social work, or the buildings that it uses.

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

28. Jail, prison: A building in which people are legally held as a punishment for a crime they have committed or while awaiting trial.

  • He died in prison.

29. Library: A building, room, or organization that has a collection of books, documents, music, and sometimes things such as tools or artwork, for people to borrow, usually without payment.

  • She set up a toy library for local parents and toddlers.

30. Mall, Shopping center: A large, usually covered, shopping area where cars are not allowed.

  • There are plans to build a new mall in the middle of town.

31. Metro/railway station: A place with one or more buildings and platforms where trains stop for people to get on or off.

  • A taxi had dropped him and his luggage at the main railway station.

32. Mosque: A building for Islamic religious activities and worship.

  • They went to the mosque to pray.

33. Motel: A roadside hotel designed primarily for motorists, typically having the rooms arranged in a low building with parking directly outside.

  • We are looking for an economy motel. 

34. Mountain: A large natural elevation of the earth's surface rising abruptly from the surrounding level; a large steep hill.

  • The village is backed by awe-inspiring mountains.

35. Museum: A building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.

  • The Museum of Modern Art.

36. Park

A: A large public green area in a town, used for recreation.

  • A walk around the park.

B: An area devoted to a specified purpose.

  • An industrial park.

37. Parking: Leaving a vehicle in a particular place for a period of time. 

  • He was fined for illegal parking.

38. Police department: In the US, the police force in an area or city.

  • The Tokyo police department is clamping down on organized crime.

39. Police station: The office or headquarters of a local police force.

  • He was taken to the police station for questioning.

40. Post office: A place where stamps are sold and from where letters and parcels are sent.

  • Look straight ahead and you'll see the post office.

41. Restaurant: A place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises.

  • We went to a little Italian restaurant and shared a pizza.

42. Road: A long, hard surface built for vehicles to travel along.

  • Be careful when you cross a main road.

43. School: A place where children go to be educated.

  • They're building a new school in the town.

44. Sea: The expanse of salt water that covers most of the earth's surface and surrounds its landmasses.

  • A ban on dumping radioactive wastes in the sea.

45. Square: An area of approximately square-shaped land in a city or a town, often including the buildings that surround it:

  • Are they still living at 6 Eaton Square?

46. Station

A: A regular stopping place on a public transportation route, especially one on a railroad line with a platform and often one or more buildings.

  • We walked back to the station and caught the train back to Brussels.

B: A place or building where a specified activity or service is based.

  • A research station in the rainforest.

47. Street: A public road in a city or town, typically with houses and buildings on one or both sides.

  • The narrow, winding streets of Greenwich Village.

48. Town, city: A large town.

  • One of Italy's most beautiful cities.

49. Train station: A place on a railroad line where trains regularly stop so that passengers can get on or off.

  • The college itself is well located within easy access of the train station.

50. University: An educational institution designed for instruction, examination, or both, of students in many branches of advanced learning, conferring degrees in various faculties, and often embodying colleges and similar institutions.

  • Oxford University.

51. Village: A group of houses and other buildings that is smaller than a town, usually in the countryside.

  • Many people come from the outlying/surrounding villages to work in the town.

52. Zoo: An establishment which maintains a collection of wild animals, typically in a park or gardens, for study, conservation, or display to the public.

  • The children love to visit the elephants at the zoo.

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