Further Afield

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Or looking for inspiration of what to do at the weekend in the best of the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’? Well, here’s our tried and tested guide to quirky, fun and interesting things to do in Cirencester that you might not have thought of. Whether it’s visiting a museum, roman amphitheatre, sculpture park or making a silver bangle – there really is something for everyone.

Cirencester is a great place to explore, the Roman Town is full of amazing little lanes with lots to discover, places to eat and drink. (and the tallest free-standing hedge in Europe!)

Explore the Bathurst Estate, Abbey grounds, Black Jack Street, Market Place, Brewery Arts Gallery and the Corn Hall indoor market.

Elemental Sculpture Park

A fabulous international centre for contemporary art and sculpture

A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. Elemental Sculpture Park’ sits on a 10-acre site which has been transformed into a mixed deciduous and conifer woodland with ponds, gardens and glades. Meander through the paths that take you on a journey around the park providing an international centre for contemporary art.


The Corinium Museum

This is a real gem – a fantastic museum illustrating the Romans in the Cotswolds

The Corinium Museum is located at the heart of Cirencester. Its principal collection consists of the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium. However, the museum today is much more than that, taking the visitor on a journey through time and charting the development of the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day. The light and modern galleries offer the visitor an exceptional interactive experience. The museum is renowned for its learning provision, with an education centre and temporary exhibition space that ensure a vibrant, changing programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy.


Brewery Arts

You can make ceramic tiles, design a silver bangle or study botanical art

Keep an eye out to see what’s happening each month, whether you’re coming to see an exhibition, or you want to see if there’s a workshop that’s just right.


Cirencester Park

Dog walking heaven in the centre of town

The grounds of the country house, Cirencester Park on Cecily Hill are open to the public between 8am and 5pm. It’s popular with dog owners and walkers whatever the weather, why not enjoy these wonderful grounds in the heart of the Bathurst Estate. Just a 10-minute walk from campus.


Cirencester Amphitheatre

A hidden treasure

If you are an enthusiast for Roman remains then this is an important site. Take the dog or just have a stroll in the sunshine. There are good interpretation boards and landscaping, so you can get right down into the site.


Cotswold Hare Trail

A wonderful opportunity to explore the far corners of the Cotswolds in your search for the hares, visiting towns and villages you may never have visited before

Go off the beaten track and follow the hares on foot, by bike and public transport with special maps outlining a variety of short and long trails around the region. Find all the five-foot hares in a prize-winning event! This is some challenge!!


Still stuck for choice, take a look at:

Cirencester Tourist Information


Cotswold District Council


Places to Eat

  • Made by Bob - Restaurant
  • Fleece at Cirencester – Pub and Restaurant with Private Dining 
  • Cote Brasserie – French Cuisine
  • Crown Inn – Pub Food
  • Pizza Express – Italian (Use Student Discount!)
  • Stoney’s - American Diner
  • Emerald Thai – Thai Food
  • Somewhere Else – Deli Food and Cocktails

Enjoy and have fun!

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