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Cirencester

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Outdoor Activities · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. Cirencester lies on the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames, and is the largest town in the Cotswold District. It is the home of the Royal Agricultural University, the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world, founded in 1840. The town's Corinium Museum is well known for its extensive Roman collection. The Roman name for the town was Corinium, which is thought to have been associated with the ancient British tribe of the Dobunni, having the same root word as the River Churn. The earliest known reference to the town was by Ptolemy in AD 150.Cirencester is twinned with Itzehoe, Germany.Local geographyCirencester lies on the lower dip slopes of the Cotswold Hills, an outcrop of oolitic limestone. Natural drainage is into the River Churn, which flows roughly north to south through the eastern side of the town and joins the Thames near Cricklade a little to the south. The Thames itself rises just a few miles west of Cirencester.
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Outdoor Activity
The Cotswold Range Somerford Keynes
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Corinium Museum
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Parish Church of St John Baptist
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Forest
Cirencester Park
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Cirencester

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Garden
Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Cotswold Motoring Museum Bourton-on-the-Water
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Distillery
Cotswolds Distillery Stourton
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Cirencester

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Outdoor Activity
Old Downs Pursuits
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Park
Elemental Sculpture Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Cotswold Country Park & Beach
2.5
Duration: 4 hours
Outdoor Activity
Cirencester Abbey Grounds
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Cirencester

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Simply Crystals
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Pick a Pot
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Octavia's Bookshop
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Flea Market
Cirencester Antiques & Collectables Market
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Cirencester

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Church
St Michael and St Martins Church
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Cirencester Amphitheatre
3.0
Duration: 1 hour
Church
All Saints' Church Somerford Keynes
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
All Saints Church
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Cirencester

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Garden
Cerney House Gardens
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Rodmarton Manor
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Playground
Rugrats and Half Pints Cirencester
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

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