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A visitor’s guide to Cirencester

PUBLISHED: 10:40 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 31 January 2017

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The Cotswold market town of Cirencester is renowned for having a wealth of history and heritage dating back as far as the Roman Empire. We’ve assembled a brief guide to help you make the most of this wonderful location.

Rest your head at...

The Kings Head Hotel

Refurbished in September 2014, The Kings Head Hotel can be found in the heart of Cirencester’s market place. The modern yet charming hotel offers 45 stylish bedrooms, an exceptional wine list and an all day dining option offering the very best of British cuisine. Why not settle into a comfy armchair, with one of their famous G&Ts with tonnes of ice and your latest copy of Cotswold Life magazine, and laze for the rest of the afternoon?

 

 

The rooms at work are dreamy

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Barnsley House

Barnsley House is a cosy country retreat set in extensive landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Cirencester. The hotel has a dedicated spa, private cinema and 18 large and luxurious bedrooms to choose from. And the in-house Potager restaurant looks out onto the beautiful hotel gardens and has a locally sourced menu. If you tire of the daily home baked bread and crumbly shortbread biscuits with your afternoon tea, you can always nip across the road to The Village Pub.

 

 

 

Corinium Hotel

This small yet inviting Grade II listed hotel and restaurant can be found in one of the oldest streets of Cirencester and it makes for a peaceful getaway just five minute’s stroll from the centre of town. The privately owned Corinium offers guests fantastic hospitality, efficient service and a close attention to detail. Whether dining in the restaurant, staying overnight or just popping in for a drink, customers will always be offered a warm welcome.

 

 

Lunch before see lovely @louiselear76 walk down the aisle. #Cotswolds #wedding

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Get your foodie fix at...

 

The Waggon & Horses Pub and Restaurant

The Waggon & Horses serves some of Cirencester’s finest locally produced food and real ales. A relaxing and homely pub, it’s the perfect pitstop to recharge the batteries - whether you’re stopping by for a three-course meal or a quick pint.

 

 

Date night with bae 💩 @sarahlucylou

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Indian Rasoi

The Indian Rasoi is a great place to sample traditional Indian food in a relaxed and friendly dining environment. Hailed as one of the best Indian restaurants in Cirencester, it is renowned locally for its attentive staff and excellent service.

 

 

Meal for Lara's birthday #birthday #happy #meal #yum #indianrasoi #lush #picoftheday

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Local watering holes...

 

The Village Pub

The Village Pub oozes bonhomie and the traditional community spirit of a Cotswold hamlet. Take the weight off your feet in one of the pub’s comfy arm chairs and kickback with a craft ale or West Country cider.

 

 

 

The Falcon Inn

A traditional country dining pub with locally brewed cask ales behind the bar, The Falcon Inn is both a friendly and relaxing place to while away the afternoon. Whether you’re meeting with friends or hoping to escape for an hour with a pint and paper – there is something to suit all needs.

 

 

 

The Greyhound Inn

The Greyhound is a traditional village pub with a cosy atmosphere and an abundance of Cotswold character. The large open fire is a welcoming sight for weary visitors and there is a wide range of real ales and fine wines on the drinks menu.

 

Entertain the family at...

 

The Corinium Museum

A must-see for anyone who has an interest in Roman Britain, The Corinium may not be a huge museum but there is plenty to see - from interactive workshops for children to the Roman mosaics and architecture for the adults.

 

 

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Cerney House Gardens

With its remote location and private setting, Cerney House Gardens could be described as one of the most romantic places in the Cotswolds. Leave the hustle and bustle of your nine-to-five job behind with a quiet stroll amongst this beautiful landscaped garden.

 

 

 

Cirencester Antiques and Collectables Market

The market has taken place in the Corn Hall in Cirencester every Friday for more than four decades. Up to 50 top quality dealers attend the Market each week, offering a range of items that extends from traditional antiques, including ceramics, clocks, glass, jewellery, furniture, silver and paintings, to more modern collectors’ items such as postcards, coins, vintage clothing and architectural brassware.

 

 

Antique curiosity shop💛

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