Cirencester is a village in England. It belongs to the English countryside, known as the Cotswolds. It is bigger than the typical villages that are usually mentioned when talking about this English region, such as Snowshill, Castle Combe or Bibury.
Personally I didn’t have high expectations for this village and I ended up liking it a lot.
📍How to get to Cirencester
As a general rule, the Cotswolds are best visited by hire car. We did the route by car. Buses are also available from Cheltenham (bus 51, 332, 443 and 444), Bibury (855). You can get there from other towns and cities, but you will need to change buses in Stroud, Swindon or Cheltenham.
🗺 Things to do and see in Cirencester
Cirencester was one of the Cotswolds villages that surprised me the most. I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful. Park Street, Silver Street, Castle Street, Black Jack St and Sheep St are some of the streets you can’t miss in Cirencester.
Parish Church of John the Baptist
One of the largest parish churches in the UK. It is situated in Market Place, and its origins date back to the 12th century.
Located on Park Street, and open all year round, this museum offers a collection of the Cotswolds, from prehistoric times to the present day. As well as some important finds from the Roman city of Corinium.
New Brewery Arts
A former brewery now transformed into an arts centre. It is open all year round and admission is free. Inside you can see the creations of artists, including potters, furniture designers and even jewellers.
There are also workshops open to the public for those who want to perfect or discover their skills.
Coxwell Street & Thomas Street
This part of town is home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings, some of which, such as Monmouth House, date back to the 14th century.
Most of the houses that make up these streets are still occupied by local people.
The Abbey Grounds, St Michael’s Park, Cirencester Park, Cirencester Amphitheatre are Cirencester’s green spaces, ideal for a stroll on a sunny day.
🍴Places to eat in Cirencester
Cirencester has a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Malt and Anchor and Cote Brasserie are two good places to eat. And, if you fancy a sweet treat, I recommend Jacks.