Destination guide

Experience Cirencester in holiday lettings

The ancient city of Cirencester is one of the best destinations for your next holiday no matter what kind of experience you’re interested in. Just 80 miles northwest of London, Cirencester is easy to get to and has a long history dating back to at least the second century. You can experience its unique charm all for yourself with local holiday lettings. Discover everything Cirencester has to offer and experience what this old market town has done for the modern traveller.


Historical sites near Cirencester holiday cottages

Because the town is so steeped in history, it’s easy to find historical sites near holiday cottages. You can visit the remnants of the Cirencester Amphitheatre to peak back into the early days of Roman occupation. The Parish Church of St John Baptist is a bit more iconic, as its enormous steeple towers over the town by its perpendicular Gothic porch. St Michael and St Martins Church is a bit more modest, showcasing what small-town medieval churches really looked like as it’s been standing strong for centuries.


Activities and attractions in Cirencester

Are you looking for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Cirencester a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Cirencester Golf Club (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park (14 mi / 22.6 km)
  • Birdland Park and Gardens (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
  • The Model Village (14.6 mi / 23.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Cirencester

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Cirencester is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Somerford Lagoon (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Minchinhampton Common (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Rococo Gardens (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Highgrove House and Gardens (11.3 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Lydiard Park (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Cirencester

The nearest airport is in Oxford (OXF), located 29.2 mi (47.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Birmingham (BHX), which is 51.8 mi (83.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, the main station serving the city is Cirencester Kemble Station.

How to get around

Transport to Cirencester holiday homes

Holiday homes in Cirencester are easily accessible if you know where to go. The closest airport is in Bristol, so you’ll still have to spend some time on the road if you fly in. If you have a car of your own or a car hire, however, you can get to Cirencester from any direction. The A417 motorway travels directly through Cirencester and connects to both the M5 and M4. The streets in the town itself are fairly narrow, so it’s typically better to park at a car park and traverse the city on foot or with a bicycle. A bus service is available as well, but the train can only take you as far as Kemble, which is about 5 miles away. If you’re arriving by train, you’ll have to take a taxi or bus for the rest of the way.


Events near your Cirencester holiday rental

You’ll find numerous events taking place all year long around your Cirencester holiday rental. The Phoenix Festival features numerous musical artists both big and small playing a series of live shows on the Cirencester Abbey grounds every June. If you’re in town in August, you may want to attend the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza. At this show, you can see a wide collection of old steam-powered vehicles and classic vehicles on display, all in working order. The extravaganza also features a dog show event in addition to stalls set up by craftsmen and collectors selling their wares to attendees.

How many holiday rentals are available around Cirencester?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 526 holiday lettings around Cirencester. From 293 cottages to 148 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Cirencester?

Nothing compares to the silence of rural life. No thundering traffic or annoying car horns. Just you and the quiet serenity of the countryside! HomeAway has 187 countryside rental properties in this destination. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has heaps more options, including:

  • 115 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 45 waterfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 41 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Cirencester?

If you want an authentic holiday experience and love a bit of extra space and privacy, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 246 houses currently on HomeAway. Prices start at £65 a night. If that doesn't match your group's taste, we have a range of different self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 221 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £61 per night.
  • Apartment: 47 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £54 per night.
  • Hotel: 28 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £42 per night.

Can I stay in Cirencester in a large group?

Whether you're hitting the road on a special getaway with your relatives or spending a week away with your old school gang, it's always loads of fun being under the same roof! And the good news is that HomeAway has places that'll suit. House holiday rentals are the leading option for large groups of visitors, with 52 listed here. Properties in the area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 120 properties perfectly suited for that size. Book a night from just £100.
  • If you have 8 in your squad, you'll be pleased to discover that there are 68 rental accommodation that are ideal. The starting price is £163 per night.
  • Trying to find places for rent to suit 10 people? You'll be glad to hear we have 46 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as £203 a night.

You and all your besties will be in good hands when you organise your Cirencester adventure through us!