Cirencester is an affluent and picturesque market town often known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. It lies at the crossroads of three Roman roads, which gives a clue to its importance during Roman times. Roman Cirencester, known as ‘Corinium Dobunnorum’, was second only to London.
The town's shining glory is its cathedral-like parish church of St John the Baptist, built on the wealth of the wool trade in the 15/16th centuries. Its mellow gold and grey stonework is elaborately carved and topped with splendid pinnacles, above which rises a spectacular 120-foot square tower with massive supporting buttresses.
The centre of Cirencester is a maze of fascinating streets, lined with quaint old houses, workmen's cottages, alms houses and 17th century bow fronted shops. In particular, the town centre (around Market Place, Dyer St and Castle St) contains some of the finest 17/18th century buildings, constructed of richly coloured time mellowed stonework, making Cirencester a complete joy to amble around, for both the historian and layman alike
A stunning waterside shopping and leisure destination. Gloucester Quays is a great day out for the whole family.
The historic docks offer a stunning backdrop for the designer outlet as well as offering an insight in to the history of the area with local heritage trips and plenty of architecture to see.