Cirencester makes an ideal base if you are touring the Cotswolds; the Cotswolds are a very attractive area of England. You will find many pretty villages and towns which were built by the wealthy cloth merchants, many churches and manors were built in the 14th-16th centuries, a time when great fortunes were been made.
In 1966 the Cotswolds was designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
. Cirencester is an historic wool town it was a town of great importance in Roman times when it was called Corinium.
The Corinium Museum is situated on Park Street; the museum features fantastic mosaics, a re-construction of Roman rooms, and displays on the Cotswolds in Medieval times with Roman antiquities and artefacts.
As you explore the town you will see places of interest, in Dollar Street many shops are housed in buildings of note and you will find some well preserved 17th century houses in Coxwell Street. The town has a charming irregularly shaped Market Place where traders set up their stalls on Mondays and Fridays making Cirencester a busy market town.
The Medieval Parish Church of St. John the Baptist a focal point of Cirencester is well worth visiting, it is an impressive Cotswold church. The church was built in stages during the 15th century. Its unique three tired porch, the largest in England was the Town Hall until 1897.
Cirencester House is the home of Lord Bathurst it is not open to the public but it has a magnificent park which is open, you enter the park from the Cecily Hill entrance.
The town has plenty of pubs and various eateries in and around the town for you to choose from. There are guest houses, B& Bís and hotels if you decide to stay in Cirencester; the Tourist Office on the Market Place can supply a comprehensive list of accommodation for the Cotswolds and a list of local accommodation.
A short distance from Cirencester is the popular visitor attraction Chedworth Roman Villa. The remains of one of the largest Romano-British Villas in the country, it is owned by the National Trust. There are several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, under floor heating systems and a water shrine. The museum houses objects from the villa.
The Cotswolds are a popular holiday destination
for many people and there are plenty of interesting places to visit and various activities to enjoy.