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, it's easy to get in and it's famous for it's Polo connections in the Cirencester Great Park and the Royal Agricultural College. Cirencester has a Fat Face, a White Stuff, a small House of Fraser and a Marks and Spencer Food. On the outskirts, there is a Waitrose.
There is no train line to this town, however Kemble Train staition is 4 miles away.
There's usually one bus an hour to Cirencester from Swindon, Cheltenham and Stroud.
Parking in Cirencester has become harder in recent years due to increased prices but there are many carparks near the centre as well as in the market place (not on market days)
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.
the Roman Amphitheatre on the outskirts of the town is the original mound formation. Interesting and good in the snow! Owned by English Hertiage
Corinium Museum, Park Street, tel 01285 655611. Excellent visitor attraction in the town centre.
the Parish Church of St John the Baptist - the 'Cathedral of the Cotswolds'
walk in Cirencester park, open 9AM-5PM.
Swim either indoor at the sport centre or outdoors in the summer near Gloucester Street.
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, has recently opened just next to the church in the Market Place.
Greasy Joes. On the edge of Cirencester near the large Tesco towards Swindon. Cheap trucker fry ups.
Cafe Bar. Good place for a sandwich at lunch
Harry Hares, www.harryhares.co.uk/. Restaurant and Brasserie serving high quality cuisine sourced from local suppliers and an extensive list of wines and champagnes.
Relish. For something great tasting.
Thai Emerald. For fantastic set menu.
Tatyan's. Chinese, smart and good atmosphere.
The Crown. West Market Place (facing the front of the church, it will be directly left of you). Reasonable beer. Unexciting chain pub.
Somewhere Else, Castle Street. Pub-atmosphere bar, fantastic tapas, good late night atmosphere. Friendly.(Recently moved around the corner)
Twelve Bells, good food, good beer and a friendly cosy environment.
The Wheatsheaf, on Cricklade Street. The place to watch sport.
The Oddfellows. Newly refurbished but ordinary beers. Chester Street. Walking distance of town centre
The Rock Nightclub!, in the shopping piazza.. Where everyone ends up; even Prince Harry has been spotted here!
The Bees Knees, Watermoor Road. The place to watch rugby.
The Old Bungalow Guest House,  6 quality bed and breakfast en-suite rooms (2 of which are located on the ground floor). A few minutes walk from the centre of this historic market town. Ideal location to tour The Cotswolds
The Old Brewhouse Bed and Breakfast,  The Old Brewhouse in Cirencester is a delightful 17th Century town house bed and breakfast full of charm and character, sympathetically restored and refurbished offering high quality accommodation.
The Leauses, Victoria Road, . Offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation, a short walk from Cirencester town centre.
The Watermark Hotel. Four Pillars Hotel Group. BRAND NEW 4* hotel and apartments on the Lakes at South Cerney.
Le Spa Hotel, in Stratton, short walk from town centre, Cotswold Manor House with superb Spa and events facilities.
The Fleece Hotel, High street. 1651 restaurant.
Talbot Inn, 14 Victoria Road (From centre of town, at church, head East along road two hundred yards to juntion with Victoria Road), Tel:+44 1285 653-760, . About $100 for a double.