Exploring Cirencester

Cirencester

If you’ve arrived by train from nearby Kemble station, or just fancy leaving your car keys behind for a few days, then Cirencester has plenty to offer.

Known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’ and steeped in Roman history, just the grand architecture alone is something to behold as you stroll around between café’s, artisan shops and pubs. Head for Cirencester Park for a gentle wander through the Earl and Countess Bathurst’s estate, and take in the views looking back towards Cirencester and the church spire.

To dig deeper into Cirencester’s history, visit The Corinium Museum, which houses one of the finest and most extensive Roman collections in the country. For a more modern cultural fix, head to the New Brewery Arts, a hub for visual and performing arts and crafts.

In the summer months, romanticise living the Cotswold life at Cirencester Park Polo Club, one of the most historic clubs in the country and known to witness a few royals enjoying some chukkas.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds AONB is famous for its picturesque Cotswold stone villages and rolling landscape. A short drive from Cirencester is the chocolate box village of Bibury, home to England’s oldest working trout farm and Arlington Row, one of the most photographed row of houses in the world. Built in 1380 and quintessentially Cotswolds. Bibury is also a great starting point for a number of walks through the fields.

Further afield, the village of Bourton-on-the-water is also a must see Cotswold village. A unique high street, with a river running through the middle and old stone pack horse bridges crossing it, is lined with tea rooms and local businesses. Bourton is also a starting point for many walks.

Near Bourton, The Slaughters, Upper and Lower, are beautiful little hamlets nestled in the landscape. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time while wandering through these peaceful villages.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Home to one of the most famous horse racing meetings in the world, The Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham racecourse is part of the folklore of European jump racing. Their season starts in October and finishes in May with The Festival bringing in racing fans from across the world in March.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

A short drive from Cirencester, Westonbirt is a haven to escape the norm and indulge in nature. With over 2500 species of tree and 5 national collections, you can immerse yourself in the stillness of trees. Westonbirt also has plenty to entertain all ages, making it the perfect day out for families.