Cirencester

Cirencester

Cirencester is a picturesque Cotswolds market town in the English county of Gloucestershire, some 93 miles (150 km) west of London.

Understand

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.

Get in

Cirencester has no train station, however Kemble station is 4 miles away with connections to Swindon and London Paddington to the east, and Gloucester and Cheltenham to the north.

There's usually one bus an hour to Cirencester from Swindon, Cheltenham and Stroud.

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.

Get around

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.

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Do

Buy

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, in Dyer Street, sells quality Cornish sustainable Cornish fish and shellfish, as well as homemade fishpies, fishcakes and potted shrimp.

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Splurge

Drink

Sleep

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