Cirencester the Capital of The Cotswolds & A Great Place for Antiques

Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, 93 miles west-northwest of London. People affectionately know it as “The Capital of The Cotswolds“.

Cirencester lies on the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames. It also is the largest town in the Cotswold District. The town dates back to before Roman times and celebrates its past in the local museum.

Tourist Attractions: What to See or Things to Do

There are many things for visitors to Cirencester to see and do while visiting the area.

Visit the Corinium Museum

The Corinium Museum is in Cirencester, the Capital of the Cotswolds. The Museum’s major collection consists of important finds from the Roman town of Corinium.

Visit the museum of Kitchenalia

An independent establishment in the town that explores the history of cooking and also all things culinary. A fascinating topic for those interested in all things culinary.

Church of St. John the Baptist

St John the Baptist church in the marketplace is the largest parish church in Gloucestershire. The church dates back to the 11th century and as a result encompasses many of the subsequent architectural styles. They built St. John the Baptist church from local Cotswold stone and it has medieval stained glass windows. The church is a grade I listed building and as a result, is a great place to have a mooch around.

Cirencester Events

There are many events that occur in the Roman town, this includes the annual festival of polo.

Where to stay?

There are many options for guest accommodation in the town, including some very nice hotels. However the Cotswolds has many options for holiday cottages to rent.

Fleece Hotel

In the centre of town, is the dog-friendly Fleece Hotel. A popular and well-reviewed place to stay if visiting the town of nearby Cotswolds. The fleece oozes country charm with its old beams and log fires. The hotel rooms are of a very high standard with good-sized rooms. Room formats include large twin or rooms with a double bed. For larger family groups, they have suitable guest accommodation for you on request.

The Fleece is home to the “1651” restaurant, and Cotswold style bar. These two dining options serve high-quality English and International cuisine. The hotel restaurant, however, provides a more traditional atmosphere than the bistro-style of 1651.


There are many independent shops in Cirencester, making it a unique and interesting place to peruse.

Cirencester Antiques Centre

At 25 Market Place in the town’s heart is Cirencester Antiques Centre. They describe the centre as an Aladdin’s cave by visitors. There is room after room of packed with a vast range of Antiques, Collectables and also Gifts. The centre calls a historic 16th-century timber-framed building home, which is in the centre of town. The centre is home to over 80 antique dealers, including some that trade in antique jewellery. This included sellers of ceramics, arts, watches, kitchenalia, coins and vintage clothes.

Octavia’s Bookshop

On Black Jack Street in the town centre is Octavia’s Bookshop, an independent bookstore. As well as selling books, they also host a variety f events including book signings. This is a great place to peruse and buy something to read for you or as a gift.