Today is all about the votes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy where you’re voting too
You may have noticed that it happens to be the EU Referendum today, and the British public are out doing their democratic duty across the country.
While the thrill of the vote should be enough of a buzz (all that HB pencil box-ticking action, phwoar!) – you may be lucky enough to have somewhere genuinely cool to cast your vote.
Stepping in to cast your vote may the only time you visit your local polling station, so at least bask in this unofficial Doors Open Day while you can.
Here’s eight EU Referendum polling stations that are well worth a second look.
West Blatchington Windmill, Brighton
There’s nothing quite like feeling you’re in Camberwick Green as your cast your vote. This historic Hove mill is a Grade II listed building and was originally built in the 1820s. It’s now open to the public and makes for a pretty striking Instagram shot.
Holmes Avenue, Hove, BN3 7LF
St James Priory, Bristol
While some of you are clambering into a sweaty portacabin, constituents in Bristol get to take in a bit of history if they’re lucky enough to vote at the St James’s Priory. Located next to the bus station, the Grade I listed church dates back to 1120 and has been recently restored to its former glory following a massive project in 2011.
Whitson Street, Bristol, BS1 3NZ
The Rubicon, Cardiff
Fancy some extra spring in your step to woo the staff as they check for your name? The Roubicon is Cardiff’s contemporary dance studio – and is certainly somewhere you won’t have ventured inside, unless you fancy yourself as the next Louie Spence.
Nora St, Adamstown, Cardiff, CF24 1ND
Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh district of Portobello is a sunny seaside spot for city-dwellers and the Town Hall building makes for a striking image both inside and out. During its downtime from political referendums, Porty Town Hall is also home to keep fit classes and wedding receptions.
147-149 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 1AF
Stour Space, London
Located in the trendy industrial heartland at Hackney Wick, Stour Space was an abandoned building which has been converted into a multi-purpose arts venue – complete with studio spaces, a gallery and a cafe. Possibly the only polling station offering ‘free ping pong’ on a Tuesday.
7 Roach Rd, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 2PA
Salford Lads’ Club, Manchester
If it’s good enough for The Smiths, it’s good enough for you to cast your vote. The Salford institution has gone down in music history from iconic shots of Morrissey and Marr stood outside to the music video for ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’.
St Ignatius Walk, Salford M5 3RX
Hallam Football Club, Sheffield
Recognised by Guiness World Records as the oldest football ground in the world, the Sandygate Road stadium is home to Sheffield’s Hallam F.C. – a team initially founded in 1860. The ground has since been refurbished from those early days, but still has bags of character to gawp at.
Sandygate Rd, Sheffield S10 5SE
Main image: CC / Flickr / grassrootsgroundswell