Take a holiday cottage in Cirencester and escape to the “Capital of the Cotswolds". This is the largest town in the area and as such, it boasts a lively market atmosphere. Cirencester was a major Roman settlement: the second-largest in occupied Britain, it grew to be a large market town mentioned in the Domesday Book. Today it is a busy central hub for many surrounding Cotswold villages. For unbeatable convenience, look for HomeAway holiday cottages in Cirencester right in the centre of the town; or, for travellers seeking some solitude, there are also holiday barn conversions in Cirencester a short 10-minute walk away. Properties can be intimate enough for two or comfortably accommodate 10. Each offers its own mix of historic touches, like aged stone or wood-burning stoves and modern conveniences like broadband and central heating. Enjoy the best of yesterday and today in this incredible holiday location.
-Churches: Construction on the Church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester started as far back as 1115, it has a pipe organ from 1895, and it still holds services today. Located in the centre of town, this beautiful parish church is known for its Gothic perpendicular architecture and stained glass from the 1300s.
-Family attractions: Visit New Brewery Arts for arts, crafts, exhibits, and music. Watch working artists and craftsmen in their studios, and browse impressive and unique wares. There are also various workshops held year-round, which are particularly good fun for families with kids staying in holiday homes in Cirencester. Stop for a bite in the on-site café afterwards.
-Nature: The Cotswold Water Park is a massive 150 acres of man-made lakes including an inland beach. Cool off in the Cotswold Country Park and Beach under lifeguard supervision, or wander the nature reserves for bats, beavers, dragonflies, water voles and bird watching. There are also activities to enjoy, from aerial adventures to rally driving!
-Outdoor activities: Cirencester Park sprawls over 3,000 acres and is free to enter. It is the seat of the Bathurst family, and their massive estate sports the tallest English yew hedge in Britain, which is thought to have been planted around the year 1710. Dogs are allowed and are only required to be leashed at the entrance.
-Historical attractions Cirencester's Roman Amphitheatre is one of the best preserved in Britain, though it remains only partially excavated. It is about 150 by 135 feet and is estimated to date back to the 2nd century. This site speaks to the important role Cirencester played as an early Roman area.
The Cirencester climate is typically temperate. Temperatures can range from highs of 24°C to lows of 2°C. There is a lot of rainfall, typically more than half the days out of the month. The coldest months to visit are December and January, so be sure to look for a Cirencester holiday apartment with a wood-burning stove! The warmest months are July and August, so holiday cottages in Cirencester with gardens will be desirable. For the greatest number of dry days, plan a summer trip.
Travel to Cirencester is a breeze with easy access by road, rail or air. From London, travel west approximately 95 miles using the M4 or a combination of the M40 and A40. HomeAway holiday apartments in Cirencester are available with parking, and the town has numerous pay and display system car parks as well. By rail, take the Cheltenham-Swindon-London line to Kemble . From there it’s a short five-mile taxi ride to the village. By air, fly into Bristol about 50 miles to the south or Birmingham about 70 miles to the north.