A buzzing market town surrounded by delightful English countryside. The market town of Cirencester — often referred to as ‘the capital of The Cotswolds' — lies in east Gloucestershire and was once the second largest Roman city in England, known back in those times as Corinium.
Noteworthy places of interest include the 2nd century Cirencester Amphitheatre, situated on the outskirts of the town, and the Chedworth Roman villa in Yanworth, which is a mere 20 minutes away. Visit the Corinium Museum, too, which provides insight into the development of The Cotswolds in prehistoric times through to the present day.
A beautiful spot to go for a walk or just sit and relax are the Abbey Grounds. The grounds contain the site of St Mary’s Abbey, and you’ll find them just behind the church and the marketplace. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting in the summer, you may catch a band performing on the bandstand in the grounds.
Fifteen minutes away by car is the Cotswold Water Park. Comprising various nature reserves and facilitating a range of activities, the park is a chance to appreciate the region’s flora and fauna and also go sailing, wakeboarding, canoeing, paintballing, water skiing and other activities.
Golfing opportunities abound within the region, so remember to pack your clubs and tees. Cirencester has its own golf club, and there are a further five clubs in the area, offering you plenty of places to perfect your swing.
Cirencester places you not just in a good location for exploring The Cotswolds, but also for exploring the wider southern area. You can take the train to London from the local station, Kemble, and be within the capital in less than two hours.
As well as being close to London, Cirencester is within driving distance of Bath and Oxford. In Bath, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can visit the Jane Austen Centre, or venture out and explore nearby sites such as Stonehenge. Head to Oxford and the famous Blenheim Palace — also a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and just one of the attractions you can visit.