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The Towns Of The Cotswolds


The Town

St Johns Hospital & almeshouses Cirencester is a busy market town & stands on the site of Corinium Dobunnorum at the crossing of three major Roman Roads- Ermine Way; The Fosse Way; Akeman Street. Founded in about AD75 & planned on a grid of straight lines the town has seen many archeological excavations with many of the finds on view at the Corinium Museum  in Park Street.

Time Team, channel fours archeological programme, fronted by Tony Robinson, came to Cirencester in 1999 when a mosaic pavement was uncovered during the excavations at a house in Chester Street.

Cirencester is locally accepted as the capital of the Cotswolds & centre to the area attracting a mixture of national retail chains & individual shops to the high street. Local industry includes internet equipment suppliers, a manufacturer of human joint replacement parts & the UK headquarters of the Mitsubishi Car Company.


Getting Here

The town is situated midway between the M5 & M4 motorways & just 16 miles from Swindon, 36 miles from Oxford, 19 miles from Gloucester & 96 miles from London. The nearest rail station is at Kemble, 5 miles away, with main line links to London & Birmingham.

Bus services connecting to Cirencester are:


There are several car parks with parking charge from 50p for ½ hour to 2.00 for three hours.


Local Amenities


  • Foresters Arms
  • Brewers Arms
  • The Oddfellows
  • The Black Horse
  • Golden Cross Inn
  • Royal Oak
  • Plough Inn
  • Slug & Lettuce
  • The Bear Inn
  • White Lion


  • The Drillmans Arms
  • The Marlborough Arms
  • The Queens Head
  • The Twelve Bells
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn
  • Woodbine Inn
  • Nelson Arms
  • Plume of Feathers
  • Talbot Inn
  • Three Compasses


Restaurants & Take Aways

  • English Food
  • Chinese Food
  • Thai Food
  • Indian Food
  • Take Aways