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Cirencester has the unmistakable air of a lively market town. Its street market, held in the large and impressive market place, is still a colourful twice-weekly feature of town life. For details of the regular farmers markets held in the market place please:
- visit Farmers markets
The town’s origins lie in the Roman period when, as Corinium Dobunnorum, it was one of the regional capitals of Roman Britain. The award-winning Corinium Museum, tells this story, and although relatively little of the Roman town survives above ground, the large grassed over amphitheatre is worth a visit. For more information please:
- visit Corinium Museum website
Parish church of St John Baptist
The parish church of St. John Baptist dominates the town centre on a scale which supports its title of ‘Cathedral of the Cotswolds’. One of the fine Cotswold wool churches, it is a lasting symbol of the town’s wealth and influence in medieval England. Its unique three-storied porch is the physical link between church and town. It was the town hall until 1897.
New Brewery Arts
Built in 1820 as a brewery, the premises continued to brew beer until 1937. After a period of use by a sheet-metal company the buildings were bought by Cotswold District Council for demolition. A local group, however, proposed repair and conversion into craft workshops instead and Cirencester Workshops opened in 1979 as The New Brewery Arts. For more information please:
- visit The New Brewery Arts website
Parkland in the grounds of the old Abbey
The Abbey Grounds are situated on the site of the old Abbey of St Mary and the public are free to wander in the extensive 19th century parkland landscape of Cirencester Park which has been in the Bathurst family’s ownership for over three centuries.