Cirencester

4 miles from Cotswold Waterpark Retreats

Cirencester is a market town in Gloucestershire, England, 80 miles (130 km) west of London. Cirencester lies on the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames. It is the eighth largest settlement in Gloucestershire and the largest town within the Cotswolds.

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Top things to do in Cirencester

Museum

Corinium Museum

Pubs and bars

La Bobina

Pubs and bars

Henry’s Seafood Bar

Cafes

Jacks Cafe & Tearoom

Restaurants

Malt and Anchor

Theatre

The Barn Theatre

History of Cirencester

Population: 20,220
Current Weather: 17 °C

Roman Origins: Corinium Dobunnorum

Cirencester, known as Corinium Dobunnorum during Roman times, was a significant settlement second only to London in size. Established in the 1st century AD, it became a crucial administrative and trade hub. The Romans built impressive structures, including an amphitheater, basilica, and elaborate townhouses adorned with intricate mosaics. You can explore these remnants and artifacts at the Corinium Museum, which provides a comprehensive look at the town’s ancient past.

Saxon and Medieval Times

After the Romans, the Saxons took over, founding a monastery in the 7th century. Cirencester grew into a vibrant market town during the medieval period, known for its prosperous wool trade. The Church of St. John the Baptist, constructed in the 12th century, stands as a monument to the town’s medieval affluence and remains one of the largest parish churches in England.

Civil War and Restoration

Cirencester played a strategic role during the English Civil War, being captured by Royalist forces in 1643 after a fierce battle. Post-war, it resumed its role as a bustling market town. The architecture from this period, especially the Georgian buildings, adds to the town’s historical charm

 

Modern Cirencester

Today, Cirencester blends its rich history with modern living. The town center is alive with independent shops, cafes, and markets. Notable attractions include the Roman amphitheater ruins and the Abbey Grounds, the site of the former medieval abbey. Cirencester Park offers expansive green spaces for leisurely walks, reflecting the town’s continuing connection to its historical roots.

Highlights for Travelers

Abbey Grounds: Explore the serene park built on the site of the medieval Abbey of St. Mary.
Corinium Museum: Delve into the extensive Roman history with artifacts and exhibits.
Roman Amphitheatre: Visit the remnants of the ancient entertainment venue.
Cirencester Market: Experience the traditional market, a staple since medieval times.

Cirencester’s historical significance and picturesque setting in the Cotswolds make it a must-visit for any traveler interested in England’s rich past.

Rentals in Cirencester

Aintree Cottage

In the Country
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Ascot Cottage

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Berry Farm Barn

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Stunning Barn Conversion  A favourite amongst guests, the stunning Berry Farm Barn is located in the idyllic South Cerney village. This 17th century barn conversion offers the perfect space for celebrations, family gatherings or weddings, and provides a wide variety of amenities. Spend your evenings beside the fire pit after playing a game of table […]
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Cheltenham Cottage

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Highlights Single-Storey Convenience: Cheltenham Cottage is designed for easy accessibility with both bedrooms located on the ground floor, making it ideal for guests who prefer or require single-level living. Spacious Living Area: Enjoy an open-plan living space that combines comfort and functionality, perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the Cotswolds. Modern Amenities: Equipped […]
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York Cottage

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York Cottage Welcome to York Cottage, a stylish two-storey retreat that offers the perfect blend of comfort and elegance. Nestled within the Yellowstone Collection at Cotswold Water Park Retreats, York Cottage is an ideal destination for families, small groups, and couples seeking a relaxing and affordable getaway in the beautiful Cotswolds. Stylish Two-Storey Design York […]
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