Cirencester Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Cirencester - Frequently Asked Questions

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Cirencester is a Cotswold market town in Gloucestershire, England. By road Cirencester is approximately 95 miles (around 152 kilometres) west of London.

Cirencester is know as the "Capital of the Cotswolds".

Definately! But we may be a little biased.

Cirencester is a typical Cotswold market town which oozes charm. Cirencester Market Place is a hub to streets filled with shops, restaurants and pubs. The world famous Corinium Museum can be found in Park Street, just around the corner for the tallest Yew hedge in the World!

For those wanting to stay in Cirencester we have so many quality hotels and bed & breakfast accommodation including The Kings Head, The Fleece, The Corinium Hotel & Restaurant, The Old Brewhouse and Cotswold Hare.

There's no getting away from the fact that Cirencester is in an affluent area of the Cotswolds. Prince Charles lives at nearby Highgrove (just outside Tetbury) and it's not been unknown to see a Prince frequenting a local country pub. The Royals have, over the years, been frequent visitors to Cirencester Park Polo Park and Cirencester has its very own Lord and Lady.

But on the flip side, you're just as likely to bump into Kerry and Kurtain Mucklowe!

Kemble Train Station near Cirencester
Travel
Car • Train • Public Transport • Air

Cirencester Travel Questions

Cirencester is 95 miles from London when travelling via the M4 motorway and A419.

If you travel via the M40 motorway and A40 Cirencester is 90 miles from London

Cirencester does not have its own railway station. The closest train station is at Kemble, about 7 miles from Cirencester town centre.

Kemble railway station is on the main Cheltenham-Swindon-London line and provides train serves to Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham and to London Paddington, Reading, Bath, Bristol and South Wales.

Cirencester is 19 miles from Gloucester by road, along the A417.

Cirencester is 15 miles from Cheltenham by road.

Cirencester Shopping
Shopping

Cirencester Shopping

Cirencester has a mix of national chain stores, regional stores and independent shops.

Nationals and Regionals include Argos, WH Smith, Boots, Burton, Crew Clothing, Fat Face, Joules, Vodafone, EE, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Superdrug and White Stuff

Local independents include R Scott, Octavia's Bookshop, Plum, Oops a Daisy and M.A.D.E.

For more details, visit the Cirencester Shopping page.

Cirencester Charter Market is held every Monday (10am to 4pm) and Friday (9am to 3pm). The market features a range of stalls which include quality fresh food, plants, local produce, crafts and much more.

Related Link: Cotswold Market Days

The public car parks in Cirencester are run on a "pay and display" basis. After 3pm you can park for free in The Forum and The Brewery car parks.

For more information visit the Cirencester Parking page.

Where to stay in Cirencester
Places to Stay
Cirencester Hotels • Bed & Breakfast • Holiday Cottages

Staying in Cirencester

Cirencester is home to three Hotels.

In the town centre (Market Place) you can find The Kings Head and The Fleece. The Corinium Hotel & Restuarant is just a short walk from the town centre and benefits for a large private car park.

For more details, visit the Cirencester Hotels page.

The Corinium Hotel & Restaurant has three dog-friendly rooms, two on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The Hotel charges £10.00 per night for dogs (maximum two dogs).

At the Kings Head Hotel dogs are welcome in all areas except for the Spa and Restaurant. There are a selection of dog friendly rooms in the Hotel and they even come with with a dog bed, bowl and a special treat just for your doggie. The charge is £20 per dog per night. Bookings must be made in advance and are subject to availability.

The Fleece Hotel in Cirencester accepts dogs at a rate of £15 per stay. Dogs are permitted in the bar, but not in dining only areas.

Cirencester hotel information can be found on the Cirencester Hotels page.

Cirencester is home to some lovely B&Bs including The Old Brewhouse on London Road, The Ivy House on Victoria Road and Cotswold Hare which is also on Victoria Road.

For more information visit the Cirencester Bed and Breakfast page.

Corinium Museum Cirencester
Things to Do

Things to do in Cirencester - Cirencester Events

From music events to theatrical productions and from speciality markets to sporting events, there's always something to do in Cirencester and the surrounding Cotswolds.

Annual events include The Cotswold Show and Food Festival at Cirencester Park and the Phoenix Festival, while events close by include The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

The Corinium Museum in Cirencester showcases finds from the Roman town of Corinium (their name for Cirencester) and is well worth a visit. During the warmer weather you may want to take part in watersports or swimming at the Cotswold Water Park.

Further afield, the Badminton Horse Trials, horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival, Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, and quirky events such as Football in the River at Bourton on the Water and Duck Racing at South Cerney are some of the highlights of the events calendar.

Are you looking for things to do in Cirencester today? Wondering what's on in Cirencester this weekend? Looking for things to do in Cirencester? Then head over to the Cirencester Events Calendar.

Visit the Cirencester Events page.