Places to visit in Cirencester

Posted: 21/02/2019 By: Cheryl Webber

Widely known as the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester surprises many of its visitors with beautiful countryside views and golden stone. We’ve pulled together a list of places for our guests to visit, so that you can make the most of your stay at Kings Head.

Corinium museum
Located in the heart of this historic town, the Corinium museum is home to an assortment of important Roman artefacts that have been found in the vicinity of the town. There are many galleries to discover, that offer visitors interactive experiences. From Roman mosaics to medieval sculpture, visitors will gain first-hand insight into the history of Cirencester.

Cerney House Gardens
Built in approximately 1600AD and home to the Angus family, Cerney House is blessed with romantic gardens that surround a scenic Victorian walled garden, which was developed by the family members themselves. Visitors have access to the working organic kitchen garden, and can also take the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful stroll through 40 acres of Cotswold landscape, which includes wildlife and woodland walks.

Cotswold Water Park & Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve
Offering picturesque countryside views and many lakes to discover, Cotswold Water Park is an ideal day out for those who enjoy nature-based activities. From kayaking and birdwatching to sitting by the lake for a relaxing picnic, there’s something for all the family.

During your visit to the water park, why not take a stroll around the Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve? This is a must for those who enjoy observing wildlife. Thanks to its high water quality, it is nutrient rich, which encourages plant growth that in turn attracts vibrant birdlife and dragonflies. Rarer sights, such as water voles and otters can also be found here. The creatures you will discover depends on the time of year that you visit; a summer and autumn visit, for example, will bring about more dragonflies and damselflies; a winter and spring visit, on the other hand, will present you with Lapwings and resident water birds such as teals and tufted ducks.

Cirencester Polo Club
Passionate about horse riding, or simply want a fun day out? From observing tournaments with a picnic to horse riding experience days, you can tailor your visit to your preferences.

The Bathurst Estate & Cirencester Park
Open to the public free of charge, Cirencester Park provides visitors with an opportunity to discover more of Cirencester’s picturesque scenery, in addition to the beautiful properties that can be found within The Bathurst Estate.

Highgrove House Gardens
This special location is part of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s private residence. Open for tours on selected dates throughout the year, these beautiful gardens offer the opportunity to explore an abundance of flora and enjoy spectacular views.

New Brewery Arts
If arts and crafts is one of your hobbies, or you simply fancy trying your hand at pottery or ceramics, why not book onto a workshop at New Brewery Arts? From learning to make beaded jewellery to building a jug by hand, there are a wide variety of different workshops to choose from. Alternatively, if you would just prefer to browse and purchase some beautifully handmade crafts, you can do so in the New Brewery Arts shop.

If you’re planning to visit the historic town of Cirencester, why not transform it into a peaceful getaway? A stay at Kings Head completes any Cirencester adventure, offering beautifully designed bedrooms that complement the surrounding area. To find out more, please click here.

The surrounding villages…
Whilst you’re in Cirencester, why not take some time to discover the surrounding area? With beautiful villages including Bibury, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, there’re endless opportunities to explore the true heart of the Cotswolds.

And don’t overlook exploring the town centre of Cirencester itself, which is packed with independent boutique shops where you can browse a range of unique clothing and homeware items.

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