Whilst staying in a holiday cottage, a trip to Cirencester is essential. Once second only in importance to London, the Roman city of Cirencester has its roots in military planning; once the Romans left it later regained its status as an important centre in the wool trade. These days, Cirencester’s Roman heritage is of interest to the enthusiast and casual visitor alike, and its central location in the Cotswolds gives it the advantage of accessibility to both the northern and southern Cotswolds.
The Corinium museum displaying Roman artefacts unearthed from local digs, the Roman amphitheatre and the town’s Church of St John the Baptist, of cathedral-like proportions, are the most popular attractions. Cirencester Park offers a lovely green space in the city, a feature of which is some superbly geometrical landscaping, designed with assistance from the poet Alexander Pope.
Close to Cirencester, Cheltenham is a smart regency town, famous for its Festival and Gold Cup horseracing, whilst Westonbirt Arboretum at nearby Tetbury is a wonderful place to spend a day. Here there are more than 118,000 tree and shrubs to be enjoyed, with trails and glade walks offering a riot of colour and fragrance whatever the season.
Visit Bibury, one of the most beautiful of the Cotswold villages, where a trout-filled river flows alongside the main street; Bibury Trout Farm and Arlington Mill make pleasant distractions from simply soaking up the picture-perfect views of this delightful village.
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