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.
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.
PlanesHeathrow 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.
TrainsKemble 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.
AutomobilesCirencester 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.