Cirencester is well-known for its Roman history, so a visit to the Corinium Museum is highly advised if you are interested in this subject. Well worth a visit are Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon, and Oxford, as well as many more towns and villages in the Cotswolds.
The Corinium Museum:
Leave the twenty-first century behind and explore the history of the Cotswolds at this award-winning and world-famous museum. It is home to one of the most extensive collections of Romano-British artefacts from Corinium, Roman Britain’s second greatest city. Admire the craftsmanship of prehistoric metalsmiths. Admire the Roman mosaics as you peer through the window of a Roman home. Face the Anglo-Saxons and their buried treasures. Discover Medieval sculpture, Civil War coin hoards, and the beauty of Victorian Cirencester. Everyone will find this to be an inspiring and involving experience. The museum is fully accessible, featuring a gift shop, the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre, and a cafe on-site.
Cirencester Park has been a deer park, a military base, a hospital, and the site of a Glenn Miller concert over the years. It was originally planned as a deer park by the first Earl of Bathurst in the 1700s. It stayed that way until the First World War, when it was converted into a military camp for the Warwickshire Yeomanry. During this period, the fences encircling the deer park deteriorated, allowing fallow deer to escape, and a herd of them still roams the area today. You are welcome to visit and see the beauties of Cirencester Park for yourself, as it is open to the public. There are some lovely treks on agricultural property, but keep in mind that this is a functioning farm. The conservation strips that run down the sides of agricultural fields are meant to foster flora and fauna, and they may be marked as off-limits.
Chedworth Roman Villa:
During its peak in the 4th century, Chedworth Roman Villa was home to some of the wealthiest people in the country. Marvel at some of the remarkable technologies introduced to this country by the Romans, such as mosaics, bathhouses, latrines, and even underfloor heating. Get up close and personal with the mosaics, some of which were discovered just last year on our cutting-edge pathways. Follow in the footsteps of the Victorian gamekeeper who, in a freshly renovated museum in the heart of the Cotswolds, discovered the first hints as to what lay beneath a common field. Reflect on your visit with a beautiful walk around the surrounding woodland, and don’t forget to treat yourself to something tasty at the café.
Church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester:
Cirencester’s Church of St. John Baptist is a Church of England parish church in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. It is a Grade I listed structure. The structure reflects architectural styles dating back to the 12th century. The chancel and associated chapel are the oldest parts, with the nave renovated twice and the tower constructed in the 15th century. Cirencester Abbey constructed the south porch in 1480, but it was not attached to the church until the 18th century. It is one of England’s “largest parish churches,” built of Cotswold stone. It has several tombs and monuments, as well as some mediaeval stained glass and wall paintings.