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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140 Lakes and wetlands covering 40 square miles, south of Cirencester - great for outdoor pursuits. Come & explore!
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.
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)
South Cerney, Cirencester
Watermark is set within the heart of the Cotswolds in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have Luxury, 3-5 Bedroom, New England Style Lakeside Lodges available for self-catering holidays.
PricePrices £600.00 to £3,150.00 Per unit per week
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)
Best Western Stratton House is the former home of a leading Cirencester Wool Merchant and has been extended in keeping with its 17th century facade. The hotel restaurant offers a wide range of English cuisine.
PricePrices £69.00 to £89.00 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 £455.00 Per unit per week
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.
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)
Set in the busy market town of Cirencester, The Fleece is perfectly positioned to enjoy both town and country.
PricePrices £75.00 to £123.00 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.
PricePrices £2.45 to £4.95 Per Ticket
A 4* luxury bed and breakfast at affordable rates. Well Cottage is set in a perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds.
PricePrices £55.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £75.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Five traditional Cotswold stone self-catering cottages with flagstone floors and real log fires are scattered over 75 acres of ancient woodland and wildflower meadows.
PricePrices £340.00 to £1,026.00 Per unit per week
Originally a brewery, the building now houses 19 independent craft businesses with a central craft shop, gallery, coffee house, educational facilities and sculpture studio. Free admission.
Coln Court consists of 4 self-catering cottage units, sleeping 2/3/3 and 4 persons (total 12 persons). All units are on one site, around courtyard and gardens which adjoin owners home.
PricePrices £280.00 to £470.00 Per unit per week
New traditionally built farmhouse on a working farm on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Ashton Keynes - the first village on the River Thames.
PricePrices £50.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £65.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The Stables is a newly converted stylish barn conversion, retaining many of its original features such as exposed beams, in the conservation village of Kemble, 4 miles south of Cirencester.
PricePrices £575.00 to £2,000.00 Per unit per week
Yew Tree Cottage in the Cotswolds Hamlet of Sudgrove is half a mile from Miserden. Relax in the garden or by a log fire, walk local footpaths or explore the scenic Cotswold countryside, towns and villages by car.
PricePrices £320.00 to £360.00 Per unit per week
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
The Inn at Fossebridge in Gloucestershire is a 300 years old quintessential Cotswolds coaching inn that has been fully and lovingly restored over the past six years by the Jenkins family.
PricePrices £110.00 to £165.00 Per room (breakfast included)