Crowned the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester’s charm is a big draw to thousands of visitors and it’s a delightful destination for a daytrip or longer stay.
Casting a careful eye over what’s on offer, SoGlos rounds up 11 of the best things to do in Cirencester – in no definitive order – including quirky places to eat, stunning sights to see and historical attractions to lose yourself in.
1. Hunt for historical facts at Corinium Museum
Taking its name from Cirencester’s original Roman title, the Corinium Museum is a must-visit for history lovers of all ages who can discover more about the town from way back in the Roman age. It’s home to internationally-significant archaeology collections and has plenty of interactive exhibits for kids too.
2. Visit the Roman amphitheatre
Famous across Britain and beyond, and set on the outskirts of Cirencester, the Roman amphitheatre was once one of the biggest in the country. Free to explore, visitors can take in the impressive remains that once held 8,000 spectators.
3. Get creative at New Brewery Arts
Take in the exciting exhibitions in the galleries at New Brewery Arts or try your hand at something crafty with one of the many workshops. From children’s crafts to creative writing, ceramics and watercolour painting for adults, New Brewery Arts is bursting with inspiration on ways to be embrace your inner artist.
4. Dine at Téatro
Nestled next to The Barn Theatre, Téatro features stylish interiors and an impressive menu to match. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, take advantage of the scrumptious steaks and dine alfresco in the courtyard on warmer days. And don’t miss the live piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.
5. Watch a show at The Barn Theatre
The Barn Theatre takes entertainment very seriously. Showcasing a series of impressive productions throughout the year, the theatre has everything from family shows to sensational stage classics. Oozing style and class, the Cotswolds theatre also has a fabulous bar for pre-theatre bubbly, which doubles up as a brilliant spot for a coffee during the daytime.
6. Stroll around Cirencester Park
Open from 8am to 5pm every day, a stroll around stunning Cirencester Park is magnificent in every season. Forming part of the expansive Bathurst Estate, a gloriously long stretch of green runs parallel with the path and visitors can even ride their horse around the park. Plus, a delightful converted café horsebox, Beano in the Park, serves coffee, hot chocolate and tasty gluten-free cakes. Perfect for a post-run treat!
7. Tuck in at He Says She Waffles
Hidden away down a quiet side street, the cheekily named He Says She Waffles is the devoted to all things delicious – namely waffles, of course. Satisfy a sweet tooth with toppings including salted caramel, chocolate and peanut butter. Or, keep it savoury with breakfast waffles or melted cheese toppings.
8. Hunt for an antique find
With a stellar selection of antique shops and a weekly antiques and collectables markets held every Friday at The Corn Hall, find everything from statement pieces for your home to vintage clothes to suit all budgets across Cirencester.
9. Relax in the spa at Kings Head Hotel
For a relaxing subterranean experience, head to The Vaulted Spa at Kings Head Hotel for an escape from it all. The relaxation room is a great spot for a cosy nap, with a menu of relaxing treatments too.
10. Make your way to a market
Held in the central Market Place from 10am to 4pm on Monday and from 9am to 3pm on Friday each week, don’t miss Cirencester’s Charter Market. Stalls include gourmet olives, deli treats, beautiful plants, fresh fish, pickles and preserves, and bespoke décor pieces too.
11. Dine at Made By Bob
Whether it’s a ridiculously good lunch or evening meal you’re after, or even an intriguing ‘secret supper’, Made by Bob is the place to head in Cirencester. The laidback restaurant is a brilliant spot to meet friends, eat out and enjoy a vibrant atmosphere.