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 is a National Express Bus service to both Heathrow Airport and London Victoria from the Beeches Car Park. (Near the town center)
Parking in Cirencester has become harder in recent years, owing to increased prices, 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. Discussions have been taking place as to whether the centre of town (in front of the church) should be pedestrianised - these have been going on for years, so don't hold your breath.
- The Roman Amphitheatre on the outskirts of the town is an original mound formation. In winter the locals like to use for tobogganing! Owned by English Heritage.
- Corinium Museum, ☎ . Park Street. Excellent visitor attraction in the town centre.
- The Parish Church of St John the Baptist - the 'Cathedral of the Cotswolds'
- Walk in Cirencester park, open 9AM-5PM.
- Swim: either indoor at the sport centre or outdoors in the summer near Gloucester Street.
- Shop: Cirencester has a Fat Face, a White Stuff, a small House of Fraser and a Marks and Spencer Food. On the outskirts, there is a Waitrose.
- New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court (Off Cricklade Street - by the Brewery Car park). 9-5 (10-4 Sunday). A center for contemporary craft in the Cotswolds - a gallery, shop, cafe and on-site makers studios, all open to the public. Regular workshop and events.
There are the typical high-street chains here, but there are some good special local shops in Dyer Street, the Market Place and in Black Jack Street behind the church.
A great locally-owned fresh fish shop, New Wave, has recently opened just next to the church in the Market Place, selling top quality Cornish sustainable Cornish fish and shellfish, as well as homemade fishpies, fishcakes and potted shrimp made onsite by manager Ben Hoggett.
- Greasy Joes. On the edge of Cirencester near the large Tesco towards Swindon. Cheap trucker fry ups.
- Cafe Bar. Good place for a sandwich at lunch
- Pizza Express
- Harry Hares. NOW CLOSED
- Relish. For something great tasting.
- Thai Emerald. For fantastic set menu.
- Tatyan's. Chinese, smart and good atmosphere.
- The Crown. West Market Place (facing the front of the church, it will be directly left of you). Reasonable beer. Unexciting chain pub.
- Somewhere Else, Castle Street. Pub-atmosphere bar, fantastic tapas, good late night atmosphere. Friendly.(Recently moved around the corner)
- Twelve Bells, good food, good beer and a friendly cosy environment.
- The Wheatsheaf, on Cricklade Street. The place to watch sport.
- The Oddfellows. Newly refurbished but ordinary beers. Chester Street. 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 Knees, Watermoor Road. The place to watch rugby.
- The Old Bungalow Guest House. 6 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. Ideal location to tour The Cotswolds
- Best Western Stratton House Hotel, Gloucester Road Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2LE, ☎ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Close to town, good for a break in the Cotswolds. From £45.
- The Old Brewhouse Bed and Breakfast. The 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.
- The Leauses. Victoria Road. Offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation, a short walk from Cirencester town centre.
- The Watermark Hotel. Four Pillars Hotel Group. BRAND NEW 4* hotel and apartments on the Lakes at South Cerney.
- 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.
- Talbot Inn, 14 Victoria Road (From centre of town, at church, head East along road two hundred yards to junction with Victoria Road), ☎ . About £100 for a double.