Cirencester Travel Guide

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Cirencester Things to Do

  • Cirencester Antiques & Collectables...

    There has been a weekly Antiques & Collectors’ Market in Cirencester’s Corn Hall every Friday for more than 40 years, and they say it's one of the best markets of its kind west of London! Having explored the market several times now, I think they (whoever they are) are probably right. The dealers start setting up in the wee small hours, at about...

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  • Look at the huge yew hedge

    The yew hedge in Cirencester is supposedly the tallest in the world. It separates the town centre form Cirencester park, its house home to Lord Bathurst and its grounds open to the public for walking, riding and enjoying.I didn't go inside the ground this time..too cold, too wet, too little time. But it is somewhere I will explore next time I...

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  • Find the Norman gatehouse

    Nothing really remains of the huge and important Medieval abbey of St Mary's.Except this rather lovely, and very ancient, Norman gatehouse, dating from the 12th century (the 1100s). Around 900 years old.It is tucked away in a corner of the abbey grounds. How or why it escaped the destruction of Henry Vlll's men in 1539 I do not know, but it did. Dr...

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  • Look at the architecture

    Cirencester has a particularly attractive town centre, I think, It seems to have avoided the too-often-seen temptation to pull down its older buildings and replace them with concrete and glass monstrosities. So wandering the streets will show you lots of interesting bits and pieces.Do look at the rooflines. Modern shop frontages usually give no...

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  • Visit the abbey grounds.

    Nothing much remains of the huge abbey which once stood here, almost in the town centre. Just a Norman gatehouse, St John's parish church and a few sad bits of masonry placed around the stones marking the outline of the abbey church and walls.Henry Vlll's men did a very good job of entirely destroying the place.But the ground remain, and are...

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  • Visit St John's church

    You really can't miss this massive Medieval church, standing on the market square as if it were a cathedral.It's not a cathedral, but it is remarkably large for a church of its time. although originally dating back to 1115 (built as the parish church to go with the Abbey behind it) what you can see now largely dates from the 1500s.Do go inside. You...

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  • Visit Corinium Museum

    This is a very modern museum, with lots of hands-on displays for children (and others!) as well as a good selection of the many wonderful artefacts which made up Roman Cirencester.Personally, I'd have preferred more artefacts and fewer hands-on and reconstructions, but i know this is not regarded as good practice for modern museums.You'll see some...

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  • Cirencester Park

    Cirencester Park is the grounds of the Bathurst Estate, owned by the Earl Bathurst. They are open to the public 8am to 5pm every day, free of charge for walking and horseriding, although those walking dogs should be aware that some of the park is a no-dog area. It's a beautiful place to take a stroll, with views over the town from certain vantage...

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  • Abbey Grounds

    This park contains the site of St Mary's Abbey, which was consecrated in 1176 in the presence of Henry II, remaining until the Dissolution in 1539 when the Abbey was completely demolished. The site of the Abbey is outlined in paving stones. After the dissolution the lands were used to build a large house, Abbey House, which has also subsequently...

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  • Corinium Museum

    The Museum was closed for renovation in 2002, and reopened in 2004 (a year late!), after a £5million tranformation. It proved to be well worth it, as the extended building and new layout enabled them to display many more artefacts and add interactive exhibits. You can trace the history of the town and surrounding area from prehistory right up to...

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  • Medieval Hospital of St John the...

    There's a reason there's a road in Cirencester called Spitalgate Lane. It's because it was the site of the ancient hospital ('spital).The hospital was founded by Henry I in 1133, (1154-1189), but may well have been refounded and endowed by Henry II (1154-1189), as the surviving arcaded nave dates to this period. It was acquired by Cirencester Abbey...

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  • Visit nearby Duntisbourne Rouse

    The countryside surrounding Cirencester is beautiful, and the three mile walk to the Duntisbournes is very rewarding if the weather is fine. The small Saxon/Norman church at Duntisbourne Rouse is a lovely destination, with plenty of ancient features to keep a medievalist happy!

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  • Cirencester Church

    Cirencester's main Anglican church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, stands in the centre of town in the Market Place. It's one of the largest parish churches in England, and one of the area's famous 'wool' churches, built on the wealth of the local wool trade. The original church on the site was probably founded in the 12th century, but little of...

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  • Re-enact Gladiator!

    Cirencester, or Corinium as it was known in Roman times, was the second most important Roman city in the province of Britannia, second only to Londinium. The amphitheatre, which dates from the 2nd Century, is one of the largest and best preserved amphitheatres in Britain. It is covered by earth and the two curving mounds enclosed a central area for...

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  • Roman Museum

    The Roman Museum has lots of artifacts dug up from Roman Villas in the area and there are even some sections of beautiful mosaics.The museum is a great place to learn about the Roman times in England.

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  • Second Largest After London !

    This photo was taken outside the church.Suffice to say that the church is not a museum but a lively place of daily worship & prayer as well as a centre of the Christian community in Cirencester & the surrounding areas.We can see anyhow the 'medieval' designs still very much intact on this church.

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  • Second Largest After London !

    Inside the church, I only managed to take this photo (showing a cross hanging from the ceiling) because I forgot to take along my digital camera from Patrick's car !This church is also known as The Wool Church because it is the biggest church in Gloucestershire where the region of the wool industry flourished.The imposing tower that you could see...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    The St. Catherine Chapel began as the north aisle of the chancel.This chapel is also constituted in the same building as Church of St. John The Baptist.This fan vaulting did not originally belong there, as it was donated to the church.Probably it was removed from the ruins of the nearby abbey.Another close-up...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    The St. Catherine Chapel began as the north aisle of the chancel.This chapel is also constituted in the same building as Church of St. John The Baptist.This fan vaulting did not originally belong there, as it was donated to the church.Probably it was removed from the ruins of the nearby abbey.More photo from the same fan vaulting...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    This photo (as the above photo) is showing the fan vaulting of St. Catherine Chapel. The St. Catherine Chapel began as the north aisle of the chancel.This chapel is also constituted in the same building as Church of St. John The Baptist.This fan vaulting did not originally belong there, as it was donated to the church.Probably it was removed from...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    Cirencester was the 2nd largest town after London during the Roman Time ! It used to be known as Corinium then.The Saxons destroyed the town in the 6th century & re-named it as Cirencester !Now it's a quiet & unpretencious town in The Cotswold & boasting one mighty fine church called Church of St. John The Baptist; One of the largest churches in...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    Cirencester was the 2nd largest town after London during the Roman Time ! It used to be known as Corinium then.The Saxons destroyed the town in the 6th century & re-named it as Cirencester !Now it's a quiet & unpretencious town in The Cotswold & boasting one mighty fine church called Church of St. John The Baptist; One of the largest churches in...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    Cirencester was the 2nd largest town after London during the Roman Time ! It used to be known as Corinium then.The Saxons destroyed the town in the 6th century & re-named it as Cirencester !Now it's a quiet & unpretencious town in The Cotswold & boasting one mighty fine church called Church of St. John The Baptist; One of the largest churches in...

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  • Second Largest After London !

    Cirencester was the 2nd largest town after London during the Roman Time ! It used to be known as Corinium then.The Saxons destroyed the town in the 6th century & re-named it as Cirencester !Now it's a quiet & unpretencious town in The Cotswold & boasting one mighty fine church called Church of St. John The Baptist; One of the largest churches in...

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Cirencester Hotels

Cirencester Restaurants

  • The Village Pub - Gastropub in the...

    The Village Pub is located in a tiny village on the outskirts of Cirencester. There is nothing much there except for the popular pub, made famous for being Liz Hurley's local. We visited there Sunday for lunch.As we arrived without a booking, we had to wait for around 40 minutes for a table. While waiting, we relaxed out in the beer garden with a...

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  • Very good pub

    The Black Horse is a very old (15th century), very traditional English pub. There are wooden seats, and low lights, various fruit machines (inevitable these days, I'm afraid), a good range of basic pub food at reasonable prices and.......most importantly..good draught real ale.It also has 3 en-suite rooms.....(but there is no parking.)I only...

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  • Freshly Ground Coffee

    This small cafe is at the back of a shop selling all kinds coffee beans, which they will grind freshly for you, and anything related to drinking coffee. They also stock teas, preserves and confectionery. You queue at the counter to order and pay rather than sitting to be served.Of course the coffee was really delicious, as were the cakes but the...

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Cirencester Nightlife

  • Slightly more highbrow night-life...

    If you fancy a slightly more cultural night out, there's the Brewery Arts Centre. I went to see a 17th century play about witches and a Victorian Music Hall performance here while I lived in Cirencester.

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  • Class Night Spot

    Have just visited the new nightclub and bar Seventeen Black. Opened in July this establishment belongs in a major city. The class of development and atmosphere, together with the friendly staff make it a must for you to try. The place makes the Rock look like old Top of the Pops. Smart and Sexy

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  • History of Cirencester

    Cirencester’s recorded history began when the Romans invaded England in 43 AD, the local Celtic tribe, the Dobunni offered little resistance. The Romans however, still built a fort on the site of Cirencester and it is thought that up to 800 cavalrymen and their logistical support were housed here. Soon a civilian settlement followed and provided a...

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  • Mosaic

    Near to the odd sculpture, this replica mosaic in modern materials represents the design of a hare on the 4th century AD mosaic from Corinium, Roman Cirencester, which is now displayed in the Corinium Museum in Park Street.

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  • Odd Sculpture

    This sculpture stands in the square next to the Brewery Arts centre - I like it, but haven't got a clue what it's supposed to represent!

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