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.
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.
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), . 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.
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.
The Old Bungalow Guest House,  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, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Close to town, good for a break in the Cotswolds.From £45.
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.