The Cotswolds

Very little now remains of Corinium (Roman Cirencester), but you can still admire the (very) grassed-over contours of one of the largest amphitheatres in the country, beside Bristol Rd on the western side of town. Dating back to the early 2nd century AD, it held space for 8000 spectators. Access is via Cotswold Ave.

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Nearby The Cotswolds attractions

1. New Brewery Arts


At this very central converted Victorian brewery, you can pop in to over a dozen craft studios and observe jewellers, sculptors, glass-blowers and so on…

2. Corinium Museum

0.44 MILES

Most of this wonderful modern museum is, of course, dedicated to Cirencester’s Roman past; reconstructed rooms, videos and interactive displays bring the…

3. St John the Baptist’s Church

0.47 MILES

One of England's largest parish churches, the cathedral-like St John's boasts an outstanding Perpendicular Gothic tower with flying buttresses (c 1400),…

4. Cirencester Park

0.51 MILES

Unusually for a stately home, the mansion of the Earl of Bathurst sits right on the western edge of town, hidden by what’s said to be Britain’s tallest…

5. Arlington Mill

6.72 MILES

Cloth produced at nearby Arlington Row was sent for de-greasing at this 17th-century mill, beside the trout farm on the west bank of the river. Now a…

6. Arlington Row

6.74 MILES

Bibury's most famous attraction, this ravishing row of rustic cottages – as seen in movies like Stardust – was originally a 14th-century wool store,…

7. Bibury Trout Farm

6.74 MILES

At this long-standing trout farm, where the B4425 crosses the River Coln, visitors can wander the grounds and, between 10am and 5pm from April to…

8. Church of St Mary the Virgin

6.86 MILES

Bibury’s Saxon-built church has been much altered since its original construction, but many 8th-century features are still visible among the 12th-, 13th-…