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Best Hotels in Cirencester

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As the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester occupies one of the most stunning regions of the UK, surrounded as it is by the gently rolling, pastoral landscape for which the area is famed. It also has a significant history – it was a major Roman town, and still has some of the country’s best-preserved Roman architecture and relics, which it presents in fascinating museums and open public spaces. Then there is the delightful Cotswolds culture, with afternoon tea and artisan shops.

Things to see

To get a sense of Cirencester’s history, there is no better place than the Corinium Museum, which is as interesting for children as adults, with its interactive, hands-on exhibitions. It has a wealth of Roman treasures, including a reconstructed Roman Villa, complete with original mosaics. You’ll also experience the turbulent medieval and Civil War periods of Cirencester’s past. For an outdoor history experience, take a trip to the nearby Roman Amphitheatre, an impressive space of sloping, circular mounds and the remains of the ancient stone arena. It’s a place imbued with tales of centuries past. There’s plenty more outdoorsy fun to be enjoyed at the Cotswold Country Park and Beach, which features the largest inland beach in the country. The shimmering, blue lake offers plenty of water-based activities, from open-water swimming to kayaking, and even water zorbing. There are also myriad green spaces inviting picnics and ice-creams on summer afternoons.

Hotels in Cirencester

Cirencester hotels are of high quality and exceptional value for money, so it’s the place to find a great Cotswolds hotel deal. Most of the hotels are independently owned and rich in historical features, built from the attractive, local grey stone and slate. In the smaller guesthouses and inns, you’ll find cosy rooms with features such as exposed timber beams and elegant, traditional decor. Little luxuries, such as designer toiletries and cooked breakfasts, are provided. In the larger, luxury hotels, more spacious rooms are offered, some with balconies. Here, you’ll also be treated to spa services and health club facilities.

Where to stay

As well as being rich in historical attractions and local amenities, central Cirencester is a good base from which to explore the Cotswolds. It is small enough to be able to walk around easily, while having plenty of interesting places, gourmet restaurants and pleasant tearooms. A choice of smaller hotels and guesthouses is available here, at great value. If you’d prefer a rural retreat, basing yourself in or around the Cotswold Country Park is ideal. Here, you’ll find both large, luxury spa hotels and homely, inviting B&Bs right on the lakeside. It’s a great place for an adventurous outdoor break.

How to get to Cirencester

Cirencester has good road links with the southwest, including Bristol, and the M4 motorway. Bristol International Airport is the closest main airport to Cirencester; it is located about an hour’s drive away. Hiring a car is the best option if you plan to explore the rural Cotswolds, as public transport is limited. The nearest train station is located a few miles away in Kemble, with good bus and taxi services to Cirencester. There are trains from the nearby town of Swindon, which connects with Bristol. There are also direct trains to Kemble from London Paddington, a journey of 90 minutes.