GCSE Leisure and Tourism

Leisure and tourism facilities

Activity 1 – Read the information below and make notes (click here if you are not sure how to take notes)

Leisure facilities are where leisure activities take place. To learn more about leisure activities click here 

Leisure facilities 

  • Visitor attractions such as museums, galleries and theme parks
  • Public areas such as parks, playgrounds and community centres
  • Natural features such as beaches, caves and lakes
  • Sports facilities such as stadiums, pitches, gyms and health clubs
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert venues


Leisure facilities can be sorted into 3 categories (although a facility can belong to more than one category):

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Example: Ice rinks, cinemas – where the building has been built for the purpose of the leisure activity so a cinema was built to watch films.


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Example: Community centres and leisure centres – where the building contains facilities for more than one leisure activity so a leisure centre might have a swimming pool, a gym and basketball courts.


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Example: Mountains and rivers – where the countryside and anything natural is used for leisure activities so a mountain could be used for skiing or for hiking.


Facilities to support leisure services 

Facilities are needed to support leisure activities. For example, in order to go skiing using a natural landscape a shop would need to be available for you to buy equipment. This shop would be supporting the leisure industry. Another example would be a restaurant in the countryside close to a popular hiking route – the natural landscape would be the leisure facility but the restaurant would be supporting this.


Tourism facilities

  • Airports
  • Tourist information centres
  • Seaports
  • Accommodation
  • Travel Agencies

Typical examples of Leisure facilities for different age groups and types of people (But remember that anyone can use any leisure facility even if it wouldn’t be ‘typical’ for them. 

Small children

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Examples: Indoor and outdoor play areas, Children’s activity centres, Swimming pools. Zoo’s, beaches.


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Examples: Theme Parks, Cinemas, Museums, Leisure centres.

Senior Citizens 

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Examples; Bingo Halls, Libraries, Theatres, lakes and mountains.


Activity 2 – Complete the Exam Questions Below

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Question 2

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Question 3

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Leisure Facilities