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. It is affectionately known as “The Capital of The Cotswolds“.

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

Cirencester Events

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


Corinium Museum

The Corinium Museum is located in Cirencester the Capital of the Cotswolds. The Museum’s main collection comprises of important finds from the Roman town of Corinium.


An independent establishment located 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 market place happens to be 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. St.John the Baptist church is built from local Cotswold stone and 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.

Where to stay?

Fleece Hotel

Located 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.


Cirencester Antiques Centre

Located at 25 Market Place in the heart of the town is Cirencester Antiques Centre. The centre is described 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 located 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 as well as vintage clothes.