Stay a night or two in Cirencester and spend 48 hours exploring the Cotswold towns of Cirencester and Tetbury. But don’t feel limited to just 48 hours - we’d love you to stay longer.

Day 1

Cirencester town centre
Take time to visit the magnificent St John the Baptist Church located in Cirencester's beautiful market square. On certain days, it is possible to climb the tower for panoramic views over the town and Cirencester Park. Allow several hours to unearth the town’s amazing history in the Corinium Museum with its interesting exhibits and Roman mosaics, including the famous Hare. New Brewery Arts Centre allows visitors to see artisan craft makers in their studios and the café makes a great lunch stop. Just outside the town, the Cotswold Water Park is a lovely place for a stroll around the lakes or for getting active – from rallying to water sports.


Where to stay

The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester
Choose from a range of accommodation in Cirencester including the luxury Kings Head Hotel, historic inn The Fleece, a range of bed & breakfasts or even a Youth Hostel located at the Barrel Store at New Brewery Arts.


Hidden gems

Visit the organic cafe at Abbey Home Farm and treat yourself to some home grown produce in their farm shop. Pack a picnic and head to Cirencester Amphitheatre, one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in the country. Make a splash at Cirencester Open Air Pool – great fun for children in the summer.


Top tip

Join a local guided walk to unearth the fascinating history and beautiful architecture of Cirencester.


Cirencester is a thriving market town in the heart of the Cotswolds. One of the most important places in Roman Britain, it now mixes old with new, including a vibrant arts centre and an amazing selection of independent shops and restaurants.

Tetbury boasts a wealth of architectural heritage, including the iconic 17th century Market House at its centre. The town holds many events throughout the year and is famous for its royal connections.


Day 2

HRH The Prince of Wales's Highgrove Gardens
Head south and follow in royal footsteps to the market town of Tetbury. There are some lovely shops to explore, including antiques and the Highgrove Shop. There is a small Police Museum, restored goods shed at Rail Lands and a beautiful market hall in the centre of the town. Plan ahead and visit HRH the Prince of Wales’ gardens at Highgrove (seasonal opening) or wander through the trees at Westonbirt Arboretum– glorious all year round. Chavenage House is nearby, where many films and TV programmes have been filmed. As you drive back to Cirencester, you could stop in Bibury for afternoon tea or even catch a fish at Bibury Trout Farm.


Hidden gems

Westonbirt House Gardens is run by volunteers and open April to October for tours. Nearby you will find Rodmarton Manor & Gardens where the snowdrops provide a great show in spring.


Top tip

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt (photo Paul Box)
While Westonbirt Arboretum is famously spectacular in autumn, it is also a beautiful place to visit year round for spring blooms, live music in summer and Christmas lights. Gain a birds’ eye view from the treetop walkway to explore from above.

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Cirencester
Town
Cirencester

Cirencester, known as the Capital of the Cotswolds, is a lovely market town with a fascinating history where you will receive a warm welcome.

Tetbury
Market Town
Tetbury

Tetbury, an historic wool town, is the southern gateway to the Cotswolds. The town is known as an architectural gem with many of the wool merchants’ houses remaining the same as they were in the 16th & 17th centuries.

Corinium Museum
Museum
Corinium Museum

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.

New Brewery Arts
Craft Centre
New Brewery Arts

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.

Cotswold Water Park
Lake/Reservoir
Cotswold Water Park

Planning on visiting the amazing Cotswold Water Park?...If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Cotswolds tourism site!

Kings Head Hotel
Hotel
Kings Head Hotel

The Kings Head Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel with 45 stylish bedrooms and five one-bedroom apartments, a unique subterranean Spa and relaxed British dining. Located in the heart of Cotswolds, it’s the perfect place to experience the historic market town of Cirencester and all the beauty that the area has to offer.

The Fleece at Cirencester
Inn
The Fleece at Cirencester

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.

The Barrel Store
Hostel
The Barrel Store

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.

Abbey Home Farm
Farm
Abbey Home Farm

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.

Highgrove Gardens
Garden
Highgrove Gardens - The Terrace Garden

Highgrove is the private home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Guided individual and group garden tours are available and must be pre-booked.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Parkland/Woodland Garden
Westonbirt Arboretum (Paul Groom)

Planning on visiting the amazing Westonbirt Arboretum?...If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Cotswolds tourism site!

Chavenage House
Historic House/Palace
Chavenage House

Uniquely interesting Elizabethan manor with Cromwellian associations and adjacent chapel. Furniture, tapestries and relics from 17thC. Medieval barn, ghost stories and legends.

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