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Cirencester

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Outdoor Activities · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. Cirencester lies on the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames, and is the largest town in the Cotswold District. It is the home of the Royal Agricultural University, the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world, founded in 1840. The town's Corinium Museum is well known for its extensive Roman collection. The Roman name for the town was Corinium, which is thought to have been associated with the ancient British tribe of the Dobunni, having the same root word as the River Churn. The earliest known reference to the town was by Ptolemy in AD 150.Cirencester is twinned with Itzehoe, Germany.Local geographyCirencester lies on the lower dip slopes of the Cotswold Hills, an outcrop of oolitic limestone. Natural drainage is into the River Churn, which flows roughly north to south through the eastern side of the town and joins the Thames near Cricklade a little to the south. The Thames itself rises just a few miles west of Cirencester.
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The Cotswold Range ©
Outdoor Activity
The Cotswold Range Somerford Keynes
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Corinium Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Corinium Museum
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Parish Church of St John Baptist ©
Religious Site
Parish Church of St John Baptist
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cirencester Park
Forest
Cirencester Park
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Cirencester

Westonbirt Arboretum ©
Garden
Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Cotswold Motoring Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton-on-the-Water
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Distillery
Cotswolds Distillery Stourton
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Cirencester

Old Downs Pursuits ©
Outdoor Activity
Old Downs Pursuits
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Elemental Sculpture Park
Park
Elemental Sculpture Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cotswold Country Park & Beach ©
Park
Cotswold Country Park & Beach
2.5
Duration: 4 hours
Cirencester Abbey Grounds
Outdoor Activity
Cirencester Abbey Grounds
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Cirencester

Simply Crystals ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Simply Crystals
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Pick a Pot
Gift & Specialty Shop
Pick a Pot
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Octavia's Bookshop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Octavia's Bookshop
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Cirencester Antiques & Collectables Market ©
Flea Market
Cirencester Antiques & Collectables Market
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Cirencester

St Michael and St Martins Church ©
Church
St Michael and St Martins Church
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Cirencester Amphitheatre ©
Ruin
Cirencester Amphitheatre
3.0
Duration: 1 hour
All Saints' Church
Church
All Saints' Church Somerford Keynes
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
All Saints Church ©
Church
All Saints Church
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Cirencester

Cerney House Gardens ©
Garden
Cerney House Gardens
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Rodmarton Manor ©
Garden
Rodmarton Manor
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Rugrats and Half Pints Cirencester ©
Playground
Rugrats and Half Pints Cirencester
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

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