Cirencester is the Roman capital of the Cotswolds, Roman Corinium. It's an ancient market town with traditional Cotswold buildings and thriving shopping centre. It's worth spending a morning here, especially on a Saturday. Every other Saturday there is a farmer's market. People are very friendly and it's easy to get in. The town is famous for its polo connections in the Cirencester Great Park, and for the Royal Agricultural College.
There's usually one bus an hour to Cirencester from Swindon, Cheltenham and Stroud.
There is a National Express Bus service to Heathrow Airport and London Victoria from the Beeches Car Park (near the town center).
Parking in Cirencester has become more expensive, but there are many car parks near the centre. There is also parking on the high street, but not on market days.
The town is small enough to walk around on foot, and was pedestrianised in early 2017.
address: Cotswold Avenue, CirencesterOn the outskirts of the town is an original mound formation used for entertainment during Roman times. In winter the locals like to use for tobogganing! Owned by English Heritage.
phone: +44 1285 655611address: Park Street, CirencesterExcellent visitor attraction in the town centre about the town's Roman heritage.
Parish Church of St John the BaptistCalled the 'Cathedral of the Cotswolds', this is an impressive large church right in the centre of the town.
Abbey GroundsThis is a large park that was a Catholic Abbey before its destruction by Henry VIII.
Outdoor Swimming PoolSwim outdoors in the summer
address: Brewery CourtA centre for contemporary craft in the Cotswolds - a gallery, shop, cafe and on-site makers studios, all open to the public. Regular workshop and events. Buildings house a lift, ramps and aerial walkways giving over 90% wheelchair access. The Barrel Store has specially adapted rooms for guests with access needs. Disabled toilet facilities are available on the ground floor. Disabled car parking is available in the adjoining car park. Assistance dogs are welcome.
A great locally-owned fresh fish shop, New Wave, in Dyer Street, sells quality sustainable Cornish fish and shellfish, as well as homemade fishpies, fishcakes and potted shrimp.
Greasy JoesCheap trucker fry ups.
West Corning Pasty Companyaddress: Cricklade StreetEnglish chain restaurant selling warm pasties for a few pounds. Close enough to the Abby Grounds for a quick picnic on a summer day.
Pizza ExpressChain pizza restaurant.
Jesse's Bistrophone: +44 1285 653387address: Black Jack StreetA really good bistro experience, connected to their own butcher shop on Black Jack street.
phone: +44 1285 641414address: 12 Castle StreetJapanese restaurant with good quality fish although other ingredients such as miso seem to be instant varieties. Although not as good as your options in London, this is probably the best place in Cirencester for East Asian food.
phone: +44 1285 653206address: 17 West Market Place, GL7 2NHReasonable beer. Unexciting chain pub.
Somewhere Elseaddress: Castle StreetPub-atmosphere bar, fantastic tapas, good late night atmosphere. Friendly.
Twelve BellsGood food, good beer and a friendly cosy environment.
The Wheatsheafaddress: Cricklade StThe place to watch sport
The Oddfellowsaddress: Chester StRefurbished but ordinary beers. Walking distance of town centre.
The Rock Nightclub!In the shopping piazza.. Where everyone ends up; even Prince Harry has been spotted here!
The Bees Kneesaddress: Watermoor RdThe place to watch rugby.
The Black HorseReal ale. Great place to meet friends.
The Old Bungalow Guest House6 quality bed and breakfast en suite rooms (2 of which are located on the ground floor). 2 self-catering properties also available. Secure gated parking and Wifi. A few minutes walk from the centre of this historic market town.
phone: +44 1285 651761address: Gloucester Road, GL7 2LEClose to town, good for a break in the Cotswolds.
The Old Brewhouse Bed and BreakfastThe Old Brewhouse in Cirencester is a delightful 17th-century town house bed and breakfast full of charm and character, sympathetically restored and refurbished offering high quality accommodation.
- Le Spa Hotel, in Stratton, short walk from town centre, Cotswold Manor House with superb spa and events facilities.
- The Fleece Hotel, High street. 1651 restaurant.
phone: +44 1285 864000address: Lake 6Four Pillars Hotel Group. 4-star hotel and apartments on the Lakes at South Cerney, outside Cirencester. It has 328 bedrooms, 21 meeting and event suites, a spa, bar and restaurant.
address: 14 Victoria RoadAbout £100 for a double.