Cirencester holiday rentals - discover a charming and historic Town in the heart of the Cotswolds
Cirencester is a Roman Town and one of the largest in the Cotswolds, having a rich history that belies its geographical location. Cirencester is an ideal place to rent a Holiday Home if you love the outdoors but want to visit somewhere with a fascinating history. It is also less busy than nearby Cheltenham making it a relaxed Cotswolds experience.
Learn about the History of the Town under the Romans - From Corinium to Cirencester
The Corinium Museum tells the story of Cirencester’s Roman settlement, the second largest in Britain and features a vast collection of artefacts from the period as well as mosaic flooring. Corinium was originally a frontier town until Wales was conquered by the Romans but afterwards it remained and acted as a centre of the local wool industry. On the outskirts you can see the site of the Cirencester Amphitheatre and while it is submerged by the soil, from the clear earthwork remains you can gain some perspective on how important the City of Corinium was to the Romans.
The Parish Church of St John is almost as grand as the Cathedral’s in Gloucester and Worcester with its beautiful stained glass windows that will leave you contemplating what life was like here in past. The Town’s status as a market town is recorded in the Domesday Book and it maintains that heritage even today. Cirencester is truly a fascinating mixture of old and new. Rodmarton Manor dating back to 1909 offers a look into how large estates were built up until the 20th century, by locals who specialised in carpenting, architecture or sculpture gardening.
Excellent country estates near your holiday home to explore with the family
Cirencester Park is a classic example of a lovely country estate and the country house looks stunning and can be seen all around the open space of the park. The grounds are also the site of the Royal Agricultural University. There are scenic routes to follow and it is impossible to get lost here, making it a great escape from the town below. If you prefer to follow routes, be sure to visit the Tourist information centre in the town, where they will be happy to advise you on where to go based on your preferred scenery.
Cirencester is well located for trips to neighbouring towns such as nearby Tetbury and a trip down to Swindon is also straightforward too. Why not explore the North Wessex Downs? Cirencester is an area less flooded with tourists making it an ideal place to rent a Holiday Cottage for your stay in the Cotswolds.