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7 of the Best Things to Do in Cirencester

Head to the southern edge of the Cotswolds and enjoy these 7 things to do in the Cotswolds.

The thriving town of Cirencester is one of our favourite places to spend the day, and we feature a number of holiday cottages that are within close reach to this bustling tourist hotspot.

Known fondly as the Capital of the Cotswolds, it’s a destination that has something for everyone, whilst still preserving its old world charm and a traditional way of life out here in the Wolds.

Here are 7 of the best things you can do in Cirencester during your next visit…

7 Things to do in Cirencester

Walk the Thames Path

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The famous Thames Path National Trail covers 180 miles along the banks of the River Thames, from the Thames Flood Barrier in South East London all the way to Kemble, a small village just 4 miles from Cirencester centre.

There are a number of different stretches walkers can take, including the Thames Source (in Kemble) to Cricklade, which is around 12.3 miles.

Here are some other walks in the Cotswolds that we highly recommend.

Explore Cirencester Park

Cirencester Park is the perfect place to take the kids and is suitable for the whole family.

Surrounding the Bathurst Estate, this sublime landscaped park offers a chance to get out and about without getting off the beaten track.

Dogs are also welcome, so your furry friends can come along too!

Visit the Cotswold Waterpark


This vast marl lake system is a fantastic place for nature walks and cycling, as well as a whole host of water sports and lake based activities for the more adventurous.

Enjoy sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing and more.

Or take the whole family to the brand new WiBit Aqua Park located at Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Lake 32.

Elemental Sculpture Park

Set on 10 acres of lush green outdoor space, this sculpture park is a truly magical place for walkers and art lovers alike.

There are a number of contemporary sculptures to see, whilst the park landscape offers an interesting mix of nature, with deciduous and conifer woodland, ponds, gardens and glades.

A delightful tearoom is on site and free parking is available.

Go on a Cotswold Pub Crawl


Cirencester is home to some of the UK’s oldest pubs, including The Black Horse which is the oldest pub in town (15th Century), The Old George Inn (17th Century), The Golden Cross Inn (early 18th Century) and The Fleece (17th Century).

So if you’re looking for traditional d├ęcor, low ceilings, roaring fires and friendly locals, this is the perfect town for pub adventures.

Go to the Corinium Museum

One of the town’s most well-known attractions, the Corinium Museum is a must-see for anyone holidaying in the Cotswolds.

This award-winning museum is dedicated to sharing the history of the local area, taking visitors back in time to discover artefacts and legends of Roman Cirencester – the second largest town outside of London during Roman Times.

See the latest ticket prices and opening times here.

Take a Dip in an Open Air Pool


The Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool is ideal for the hot summer months, and is always a favourite with children looking to burn off some energy.

Take the family for a dip in this heated outdoor pool filled with local spring water and make the most of the great weather.

There’s also a sunbathing patio and picnic tables – so bring a book and some sandwiches.

Whether you are staying in Cirencester, or just visiting for the day, you’re bound to have a great time exploring.

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