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Charming Cirencester is an elegant Cotswolds market town with plenty of lovely Victorian architecture. Under the Romans it was Britain's second city (behind London) so there's plenty of history to uncover on your visit, as well as beautiful Cotswolds views and bustling Monday and Friday markets. The best places to stay in Cirencester make ideal bases to do all this and more.
Cirencester's pretty charms mean that it has been popular with visitors since people started taking breaks to the country. These days there are plenty of nice delis and boutiques along the narrow streets as well as your more functional town centre offerings.
There is also an excellent Roman museum, the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, a vibrant arts centre and the beautifully landscaped Cirencester Great Park, part of the Earl of Bathurst's land, open to the public free of charge.
What not to miss
- Scour the bustling markets selling local produce on Mondays and Fridays.
- Nurse a pint in one of the atmospheric pubs.
- Visit Cirencester's Roman amphitheatre, built in the second century, it was an enormous show space, with capacity for 8,000 spectators.
- Drop into the vibrant Brewery Arts Centre, showcasing craftmakers and a glassmaking studio at work.
- Wander through the Abbey Grounds, once home to an Augustinian monastery.
Don't forget to book well ahead if you want to reserve one of the best places to stay in Cirencester - it's a very popular spot!
Best places to stay in Cirencester
For a stylish B&B
No 12 is a stylish, four room B&B in central Cirencester. Converted from a wool merchant's house, with a grand Cotswolds facade, the interior offers an eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture and detailing.
For a country house hotel
Barnsley House was formerly the home of the renowned horticulturalist Rosemary Verey, so its gardens are spectacularly beautiful and diverse. There are 18 rooms and a lovely, but low key spa tucked away down a shady path. Romantic and very peaceful.
For a quaint stay
- The New Inn at Coln boasts an award winning restaurant and atmospheric rooms that perfectly mix original features with contemporary style.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
- Fly to either Gloucester (19 miles), Bristol (49 miles), Southampton (59 miles) or London Heathrow (81 miles).
- There isn't a railway link to Cirencester. However, Kemble station is 4 miles away with connections to Swindon and London Paddington to the east and Gloucester and Cheltenham to the north.
- Best time to visit - Cirencester is a year-round destination with each season bringing its own charm however for the best chance at warm days visit in the summer months (May - August).
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.
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Best Hotels in Cirencester
Barnsley House 18 rooms from $389Cirencester (Barnsley)
An imposing Cotswold house set within stunning (deservedly famed) gardens. Gorgeously renovated rooms are light, airy and full of mod cons. The chic modern interiors, indulgent spa and contemporary British cuisine make it hard to leave! A popular rural escape for urbanites.Exclusive offer - 4 nights for the price of 3Romantic Break - A stately home with indulgent chic interiors- think dual baths, large suites and a pampering spa.Country Escape - A rural abode on another level, the ultimate luxury getaway in stunning surrounds.Great walks - This area is littered with beautiful walks, ask at the front desk to be pointed towards a favourite.Cooking classes - The nearby reputed Foodworks Cookery School offers a number of different classes for various levels.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection