Cirencester Tourist Information & Visitor Guide
Cirencester is an affluent and picturesque market town often known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. It lies at the crossroads of three Roman roads, which gives a clue to its importance during Roman times. Roman Cirencester, known as ‘Corinium Dobunnorum’, was second only to London. It developed from the establishment of a military fort and grew into a town with a population between 10,000 and 15,000.
During the Medieval period, Cirencester was a centre of trade and renowned for its wool. The fine Parish Church of St John the Baptist owes its existence to this wool trade and still dominates the town’s market place today. Sadly, the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary which played such an important role in the life of Cirencester’s inhabitants during the Middle Ages was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539 and little remains.
At Cirencester’s award winning Corinium Museum you will discover the treasures from Cirencester’s past including stunning Roman mosaics, Anglo Saxon gold and medieval sculptures. You can also discover the history of the town by taking part in one of the Civic Society walks from the Church, which are held on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons during the summer months.
Cirencester is also a town of green open spaces including such gems as the peaceful Abbey Grounds, the impressive Roman amphitheatre grounds, or St Michael’s Park which is ideal for family activities. The beautiful and extensive Cirencester Park, which the poet Alexander Pope helped to design in the 18th century, surrounds the eastern side of the town. The house, of the same name, is hidden behind the impressively large yew hedge in the old part of the town and has been the seat of the Bathurst family for over three centuries.
Cirencester has many ancient honey coloured stone buildings in picturesque narrow streets, as well as courtyards, alleyways and an endless number of independent shops. It is a vibrant and thriving town and a shopping destination in its own right. The old Post Office area and the Corn Hall add to the excellent selection of shops and places to eat. Independent retailers and cafés make up a large proportion of the Cirencester’s shopping area, where you can find anything from an old fashioned chemist to a gentleman’s outfitters; from an artisan loaf to freshly roasted coffee beans.
Cirencester is also home to New Brewery Arts, an important centre for crafts. Here you can watch the various craftsmen at work, buy the articles they produce, view the latest exhibition or enjoy refreshments in the café.
Cirencester is also renowned for a wonderful selection of indoor and outdoor markets held in the beautiful and historic Market Place.
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cirencester is a great town to visit and makes a delightful base for visitors wishing to explore the area. Its easy access to major road networks and mainline railway belies its charming and peaceful character.
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The perfect base for exploring the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the Cotswolds. Located in the Roman market town of Cirencester, with Bath, Cheltenham, and Oxford within easy reach.
PricePrices £45.00 to £80.00 Per room (breakfast included)
New Brewery Arts is the home of craft and making in the heart of the Cotswolds, with galleries, artists’ studios, café and shop, and guest accommodation, and an extensive programme of courses and workshops (over 200 each year). Admission is free.
The Kings Head Hotel is located in the heart of the historic town of Cirencester, the perfect location to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds.
PricePrices £135.00 Per room (breakfast included) to £285.00 Per person (breakfast included)
Mulberry Cottages has almost 600 holiday properties in England including over 60 in the Cotswolds, everything from large family homes, romantic love-nests for two, to dog friendly holiday cottages.
A contemporary luxury Cotswolds hotel set in a wonderland of lakes, rivers, woodland and open countryside.
PricePrices £105.00 to £120.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The Corinium Hotel enjoys a quiet location, yet only a convenient five minute walk into the lovely market town centre of Cirencester.
PricePrices £65.00 to £85.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Hoburne Cotswolds sits at the heart of the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester in Gloucestershire & is a perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of this area.
PricePrices £19.00 per pitch (2 people) to £1,030.00 Per unit per week
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Fabulous AA 5 star coaching inn right in the heart of Cirencester, and an ideal stop-over for exploring the Cotswolds. Enjoy cosy guest accommodation, excellent food and wide range of cask ales.
PricePrices £90.00 to £200.00 Per room (breakfast included)
New Brewery Arts has transformed the former Cotswold stone barrel warehouse into a ‘boutique hostel’ The Barrel Store. Stylish and brilliantly-located, The Barrel Store is clean and comfortable, with hand crafted details.
A true ‘destination pub’; The Village Pub, Barnsley reflects the heart and soul of the Cotswolds. Picture a British country pub, with comfortable communicating rooms, first class food and a good choice of drinks, with seats in the back courtyard.
PricePrices £99.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The Swan Hotel is an enchanting 17th Century former coaching inn sitting in the heart of the village on the banks of the River Coln. This hidden corner of England is the perfect retreat for unpretentious comfort.
PricePrices £150.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £330.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Shopping in Cirencester with its wonderful variety of quality independent shops is a delight. Enjoy exploring the courtyards with their individual style, and the many historic streets radiating from the town centre.
Peacefully located modern cottage on working farm. Close to watersport parks and Cotswold nature reserve. 4.5 miles from historic Cirencester.
PricePrices £275.00 to £375.00 Per unit per week
Modern and friendly accommodation 15 minutes walk from town centre. Easy access to M4/M5 and Cotswolds. Special rates for groups.
PricePrices £40.00 to £80.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Dating from the 17th century. The Green Dragon provides a peaceful setting and a warm welcome.
PricePrices £70.00 to £175.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Luxury 18 bedroom hotel, once the home of the late famous garden designer Rosemary Verey. Beautiful Cotswold house built in 1697 set in stunning gardens, with contemporary bedrooms.
PricePrices £262.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £650.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Purpose built guest wing offering friendly modern hospitality. Separate guest's entrance, easy access to/from A419/417 Gloucester to Swindon link road. Ideal for business or leisure.
PricePrices £35.00 to £65.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Discover the treasures of the Cotswolds as you explore its history at this Award Winning Museum. Home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities extensively from Corinium, Roman Britain's second largest city.
A 1600 acre mixed organic farm with award winning farm shop, cafe, cookery/craft day and short residential courses, educational visits, organic cotton textiles, yurts, green field campsite, Cotswold stone holiday cottage and farm trail.