Luxury and boutique hotels in Cirencester

As Corinium, the Roman’s remarkably powerful settlement (which, at the time, was the second largest town behind London), Cirencester thrived and maintained a privileged position throughout the centuries thanks to the wool trade. London may have overtaken it, but this Gloucestershire market town excels in quaint British charm. It has an eye-catching architectural muddle of Palladian mansions, comely historic homesteads and revivified coaching inns along its winding centuries-old streets. Plus, indie shops and some very special monuments: a Roman Villa and the remains of an amphitheatre harking back to its hey-day. Learn more at the Corinium Museum, catch a polo match or cool off at the Cotswold Water Park, which has a wide range of watersports.

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When to go

Summer is the ideal time for village-hopping and picnic stops in the Cotswolds; but to avoid the crowds, arrive in spring as the countryside gets greener, or early autumn for crisp hikes and fiery foliage.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Heathrow is a 90-minute drive from Cirencester, while Gatwick is around a two-hour journey. Alternatively fly into Bristol, an hour’s drive from the town.
  • Trains

    Kemble is the nearest station, just a 10-minute drive away from town. It’s served by First Great Western trains for destinations from London Paddington to the West Country.
  • Automobiles

    Cirencester is better connected than the Cotswolds’ smaller villages, but countryside transport moves at a leisurely pace, so to see this picturesque enclave on your own schedule and really scratch that ‘get away from it all’ itch, hire a car at the airport.