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==Understand==
 
==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, it's easy to get in and it's famous for it's Polo connections in the Cirecester 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.
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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==
 
==Get in==
  
There is no train line to this town, however Kemble Train staition is 4 miles away.
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There is no railway link to this town. 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'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)
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There is a National Express Bus service to both Heathrow Airport and London Victoria from the Beeches Car Park. (Near the town center)
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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==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
  
*the '''Roman Amphitheatre''' on the outskirts of the town is the original mound formation.  Interesting and good in the snow! Owned by English Hertiage
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*the '''Roman Amphitheatre''' on the outskirts of the town is the original mound formation.  Interesting and good in the snow! Owned by English Heritage
 
*'''Corinium Museum''', Park Street, tel 01285 655611. Excellent visitor attraction in the town centre.
 
*'''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'
 
*the '''Parish Church of St John the Baptist''' - the 'Cathedral of the Cotswolds'
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==Do==
 
==Do==
Swim either indoor at the sport centre or outdoors in the summer near Gloucester Street.
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*Swim: either indoor at the sport centre or outdoors in the summer near Gloucester Street.
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*Shop: 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.
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*<do name="New Brewery Arts" alt="" address="Brewery Court" directions="Off Cricklade Street - by the Brewery Car park" phone="" url="www.newbreweryarts.org.uk" hours="9-5 (10-4 Sunday)" price="" lat="" long="">A center for contemporary craft in the Cotswolds - a gallery, shop, cafe and on-site makers studios, all open to the public. Regular workshop and events. </do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
There are the typical high-street chains here too. But there are some good special shops on Black Jack Street behind the church.
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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, selling top quality Cornish sustainable Cornish fish and shellfish, as well as homemade fishpies, fishcakes and potted shrimp made onsite by manager Ben Hoggett.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* '''Greasy Joes'''. On the edge of Cirencester near the large tesco towards Swindon. Cheap trucker fry ups.
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* '''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
 
* '''Cafe Bar'''. Good place for a sandwich at lunch
 
* '''Pizza Express'''
 
* '''Pizza Express'''
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===Moderate===
 
===Moderate===
  
* '''Harry Hares''', [http://www.harryhares.co.uk/ www.harryhares.co.uk/]. Restaurant and Brasserie serving high quality cuisine sourced from local suppliers and an extensive list of wines and champagnes.
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* '''Harry Hares''', [http://www.harryhares.co.uk/]. NOW CLOSED
 
* '''Relish'''. For something great tasting.
 
* '''Relish'''. For something great tasting.
 
* '''Thai Emerald'''. For fantastic set menu.
 
* '''Thai Emerald'''. For fantastic set menu.
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*'''The Crown'''. West Market Place (facing the front of the church, it will be directly left of you). Reasonable beer. Unexciting chain pub.
 
*'''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.
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*'''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.
 
*'''Twelve Bells''', good food, good beer and a friendly cosy environment.
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*'''The Oddfellows'''.  Newly refurbished but ordinary beers.  Chester Street.  Walking distance of town centre
 
*'''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!
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*'''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 Bees Knees''', Watermoor Road. ''The'' place to watch rugby.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
 
  
 
===Mid range===
 
===Mid range===
'''The Old Bungalow Guest House''', [http://www.bandbcirencester.co.uk] 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.
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*'''The Old Bungalow Guest House''', [http://www.bandbcirencester.co.uk] 6 quality bed and breakfast en-suite rooms (2 of which are located on the ground floor). 2 Self Catering properties also available. Secure Gated Parking and Wifi. A few minutes walk from the centre of this historic market town. Ideal location to tour The Cotswolds
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*<sleep name="Best Western Stratton House Hotel" alt="" address="Gloucester Road Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2LE" directions="" phone="+44 1285 651 761" url="http://www.strattonhousehotel.co.uk/" checkin="2PM" checkout="11AM" price="From £45" lat="" long="">Close to town, good for a break in the Cotswolds.</sleep>
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*'''The Old Brewhouse Bed and Breakfast''', [http://www.theoldbrewhouse.com] 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, [http://www.theleauses.co.uk ]. Offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation, a short walk from Cirencester town centre.
 
*'''The Leauses''', Victoria Road, [http://www.theleauses.co.uk ]. Offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation, a short walk from Cirencester town centre.
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*'''The Watermark Hotel'''. Four Pillars Hotel Group.  BRAND NEW 4* hotel and apartments on the Lakes at South Cerney.  
 
*'''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.
 
*'''Le Spa Hotel''', in Stratton, short walk from town centre, Cotswold Manor House with superb Spa and events facilities.
*'''The Fleece Hotel''', High street. 1664 restaurant.
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*'''The Fleece Hotel''', High street. 1651 restaurant.
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
*'''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, [http://www.talbotinncotswolds.co.uk/].  About $100 for a double.
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*'''Talbot Inn''', 14 Victoria Road (From centre of town, at church, head East along road two hundred yards to junction with Victoria Road), Tel:''+44 1285'' 653-760, [http://www.talbotinncotswolds.co.uk/].  About £100 for a double.
  
  
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Latest revision as of 15:33, 24 March 2012

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

Understand[edit]

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[edit]

There is no railway link to this town. 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[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • the Roman Amphitheatre on the outskirts of the town is the original mound formation. Interesting and good in the snow! Owned by English Heritage
  • 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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Swim: either indoor at the sport centre or outdoors in the summer near Gloucester Street.
  • Shop: 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.
  • New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court (Off Cricklade Street - by the Brewery Car park), [1]. 9-5 (10-4 Sunday). A center for contemporary craft in the Cotswolds - a gallery, shop, cafe and on-site makers studios, all open to the public. Regular workshop and events.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

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, selling top quality Cornish sustainable Cornish fish and shellfish, as well as homemade fishpies, fishcakes and potted shrimp made onsite by manager Ben Hoggett.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • 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
  • Pizza Express

Moderate[edit]

  • Harry Hares, [2]. NOW CLOSED
  • Relish. For something great tasting.
  • Thai Emerald. For fantastic set menu.
  • Tatyan's. Chinese, smart and good atmosphere.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • 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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Mid range[edit]

  • The Old Bungalow Guest House, [3] 6 quality bed and breakfast en-suite rooms (2 of which are located on the ground floor). 2 Self Catering properties also available. Secure Gated Parking and Wifi. A few minutes walk from the centre of this historic market town. Ideal location to tour The Cotswolds
  • Best Western Stratton House Hotel, Gloucester Road Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2LE, +44 1285 651 761, [4]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Close to town, good for a break in the Cotswolds. From £45.  edit
  • The Old Brewhouse Bed and Breakfast, [5] 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, [6]. 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.

Splurge[edit]

  • Talbot Inn, 14 Victoria Road (From centre of town, at church, head East along road two hundred yards to junction with Victoria Road), Tel:+44 1285 653-760, [7]. About £100 for a double.



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