Cirencester attractions - Corinium Museum, Roman Amphitheatre and nearby Cotswold attractions like Westonbirt Arboretum, Cotswold Wildlife Park and The Cheltenham Festival

Cirencester Attractions


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The Corinium Museum Whether it's a visit to the Corinium Museum, Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester Park or the Roman Amphitheatre, Cirencester has plenty to offer. If that's not enough, Cirencester is within easy reach of the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury, the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford and the Keynes Country Park part of the Cotswold Water Park.

Cirencester is famous for its Roman history, so a visit to the Corinium Museum is recommended if you have an interest in this field.
Cirencester is also within easy reach of Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon and Oxford.

Click here for more details about the Corinium Museum

Some other places of interest in Cirencester and the Cotswolds are detailed below.

The Abbey Grounds, Cirencester

The Abbey Grounds
The grounds contain the site of St Mary's Abbey which was consecrated in 1176 in the presence of Henry II, remaining until the Dissolution in 1539 when the Abbey was completely demolished. The only remaining building of this period is the Norman Arch situated at the north-eastern corner of the grounds. A plaque was designed and installed by the Civic Society on the balustrade and portrays the site of the Abbey which is outlined with paving. The grounds, lake, wildfowl, trees and greenery for man impressive pastoral centrepiece, inviting restful contemplation of the general town scene. A portion of the ancient Roman Wall is also situated in the grounds. Its history and layout are discussed in the booklet The Corinium Trail - a guide to the surviving remains of the Roman town - available from the Corinium Museum, Tourist Information Centre and the local bookshop.

Text taken from "Cirencester - The Official Town Guide" by kind permission of the Town Clerk

See the panaoramic views page for a view of the Abbey Grounds

Cirencester Lock-Up

The Cirencester Lock-Up is found in the grounds of the Cotswold District Council offices in Trinity Road. The Lock Up has been restored and is now open to the public. It consists of a small two-cell building built in the 19th century and was used to hold criminals in the days before the police force was established. It was moved to it's present position, stone by stone, in 1837 to form part of the new town workhouse opened in that year. Access to the building is free of charge and a key is obtainable during normal office hours at the Trinity Road reception or the Corinium Museum.

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham is only a short drive from Cirencester and is home to the world famous Cheltenham Festival and the running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester
One of the finest collections of antiquities from Roman Britain
01285 655611
Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool  
Chedworth Roman Villa & Museum, Yanworth, Nr. Cheltenham  
Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water
Beautiful birds from all around the world
01451 820480
Coate Water Country Park, Malbourough Road, Coate 01793 522837
Crickley Hill Country Park, Birdlip 01452 863170
Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury 01666 880220
Lydiard House, Swindon 01793 770401
Keynes Country Park 01285 861459
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge 01453 890333
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham 01242 604357
Cotswold Country Collection, Northleach 01451 860715
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire
Opens every day (except Dec 25th)
01993 823006
Cotswold Water Park  
Arlington Mill, Bibury  
Bibury Trout Farm, Bibury  
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire  

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