Local Area

Cirencester, Tetbury, Malmesbury, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water

Places to Visit

Today Cirencester, capital of the Cotswolds is a lively market town, but it’s origins lie during the Roman times when it became the second most important town in Britain. The remains of the Roman occupation can be seen in the amphitheatre and defensive walls, situated in the Abbey grounds. The finds and an exceptional collection of mosaics can be viewed in the newly refurbished Corinium museum. During the Medieval period, Cirencester developed into a thriving market town based on the wool trade. Built on this prosperity is the striking St John the Baptist Parish church that dominates the market place. Traces of Cirencester’s history can also be seen in the Abbey Grounds, which contains the site of St Mary’s Abbey, and nearby is St John’s Hospital, founded during the 12th century by Henry II. Cirencester has an exceptional variety of attractions and a wide range of traditional and specialist shops, craft centres and many restaurants.

John Hiscock

A quintessential 700 year old Cotswold stone building that has a long tradition of serving as a public house. Inside the pub, along with its traditional charm and big beams, it has been very tastefully refurbished and brought back to its position as a locals’ pub

The Bakers Arms is a traditional pub located in Somerford Keynes, with a beer garden. Booking is required, either by phone or, if they have space, as you enter the pub. Please note they are not serving food between 3-5:30 pm Mon-Sat

A unique Gloucestershire pub situated between the English towns of Cirencester and Tetbury serving excellent food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. There is a large, well stocked central bar surrounded by various nooks and crannies.
Westonbirt Arboretum is a remarkable place with a beautiful and inspiring landscape where people can visit to enjoy and learn about trees. With 15,000 tree specimens, 5 national tree collections and seasonal activities for all.

Cirencester’s market square is dominated by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist (one of the largest in England). The large south porch with its impressive fan vaulting was built about 1490. The town contains many interesting buildings spanning several centuries.

Bourton-on-the-Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike. Bourton-on-the-Water offers a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.

Stated by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England,’ and an article on the Huffington Post website (1st May 2014), titled “The Most Charming Towns In Europe You’ll Want To Visit ASAP”, mentioned Bibury.
Tetbury is a town and civil parish inside the Cotswold district in England. It lies on the site of an ancient hill fort, on which an Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded, probably by Ine of Wessex, in 681.