A Guide to Cirencester

Cirencester is a large town (not a city) in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, with a population of around 19,000.

The town is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds and has a long history, stretching back to Roman times. In those days, the town was known as Corinium and was the second largest in Roman Britain.

Located 90 miles west (and slightly north) of London, to the south east of Cheltenham and Gloucester, and the north east of Tetbury, Cirencester is a very historic part of Britain and is a great place to learn about British history and architecture.

This Roman city will provide you with a fantastic travel experience.

Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds, has been around since the days of Alexander the Great and during the Roman Empire it was the largest city in England next to London.

The city is filled with amazing architecture like the church of St. John the Baptist, parts of which date back to 1115. 

The photo above shows the church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester, looming over the market square.

Cirencester has a number of great attractions for you to enjoy including Cirencester Park with its lush geometric landscaping, the Cirencester Street Market and several walking tours that highlight the amazing landscape around the city.

There is still evidence of a Roman amphitheatre in Cirencester, although it has only been partially excavated.

The Gloucestershire Way walking tour features a 100 mile walk through the Cotswold farmland. The walking tours are a great environment for taking photographs and just enjoying the fresh air.

Other attractions in the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty include

  • the Broadway Tower that was built in 1799
  • the Abbey House Gardens
  • Batsford Arboretum
  • Mill Dene Garden
  • the Bristol Aero Collection
  • the Chedworth Roman Villas
  • Rodmarton Manor
  • the Brewery Arts Centre
  • the Cirencester Amphitheatre

Corinium Museum

The Corinium Museum features many great artefacts that go back to the prehistoric days as well as exhibits from the Roman Empire that range from tombstones and mosaics to sculptures, artwork and more.

There are also relics and artefacts that have been unearthed by archaeologists around the area and examples of Victorian lifestyle during the 1800′s. The museum is open every day during various hours and an entrance fee is charged for admission.

The photo above shows a view of the Corinium Museum, Cirencester.

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Bristol Aero Museum

The Bristol Aero Museum in Cirencester features a number of aircraft exhibits from the Bristol Aeroplane Company as well as displays of British Aircraft, missiles and aircraft engines.

The Bristol Aero Museum also features several events throughout the year that display the company’s business practices and industry projects.

Cirencester also features many activities such as ballooning, cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing and more. There are also a number of artistic classes like pottery, wood turning and furniture restoration classes that you can take to learn various crafts.

The Cotswolds are known for great shops and arts and crafts heritage, where you can find British antiques and many art galleries that showcase the artists around Cirencester and the Cotswolds.

The city of Cirencester also includes many Cotswold villas that provide very comfortable lodging during your stay in Cirencester.

There are also several cottages, hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area for you to stay.

If you enjoy camping, there are some camp grounds nearby that offer spaces for tents as well as caravans. There are also several car rental agencies in the area that can provide you with a vehicle to get you around the area.

When you are looking for great holiday ideas for a getaway, check out Cirencester, in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom.

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