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Jean’s sightseeing and foodscene guidebook

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Jean’s sightseeing and foodscene guidebook

Sightseeing
A short selection of places to visit.
Cirencester, known locally as “Ciren”, was the 2nd largest city in Roman Britain (Corinuim) and is steeped in Roman history. Cirencester St John the Baptist church is by far the largest church in Gloucestershire and one of the largest parish churches in the country, informally known as the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. From St Johns’ church, a short walk along “Black Jacks” street are quaint coffee shops and interesting stores, turn right at the end to find the Corinium Museum which holds fascinating Roman artifacts. CIRENCESTER CHARTER MARKET Every Monday 10am to 4pm and Friday 9am to 3pm. The weekly Charter Market provides a high quality market experience with a great mix of food, clothing, homewares and delicious street food. CIRENCESTER FARMERS MARKET Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9am to 2.30pm. Our well respected Farmers’ Market, celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year showcases the best produce, plants and locally made products in the region. CIRENCESTER ARTS & CRAFT MARKET The first Saturday of the month Feb to Dec. 9am to 5pm. This market presents the best local artists and locally made crafts from the region that you won’t find on the high street.
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Cirencester
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Cirencester, known locally as “Ciren”, was the 2nd largest city in Roman Britain (Corinuim) and is steeped in Roman history. Cirencester St John the Baptist church is by far the largest church in Gloucestershire and one of the largest parish churches in the country, informally known as the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. From St Johns’ church, a short walk along “Black Jacks” street are quaint coffee shops and interesting stores, turn right at the end to find the Corinium Museum which holds fascinating Roman artifacts. CIRENCESTER CHARTER MARKET Every Monday 10am to 4pm and Friday 9am to 3pm. The weekly Charter Market provides a high quality market experience with a great mix of food, clothing, homewares and delicious street food. CIRENCESTER FARMERS MARKET Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9am to 2.30pm. Our well respected Farmers’ Market, celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year showcases the best produce, plants and locally made products in the region. CIRENCESTER ARTS & CRAFT MARKET The first Saturday of the month Feb to Dec. 9am to 5pm. This market presents the best local artists and locally made crafts from the region that you won’t find on the high street.
Bibury is a favourite for visitors to the Cotswolds. Perhaps best known for Arlington Row (a row of stone cottages) which appears on pages of some UK passports.
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Bibury
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Bibury is a favourite for visitors to the Cotswolds. Perhaps best known for Arlington Row (a row of stone cottages) which appears on pages of some UK passports.
Just one of the many picturesque Cotswold villages. As the name suggests the village sits on a river (river Windrush). There is a Model Village of the village itself and a Motor Museum plus many gift shops and cafes.
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Bourton-on-the-Water
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Just one of the many picturesque Cotswold villages. As the name suggests the village sits on a river (river Windrush). There is a Model Village of the village itself and a Motor Museum plus many gift shops and cafes.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a Market Town on top of an 800 foot hill in the Cotswolds. The church (St Edwards) is particularly known for the ancient Yew trees which dominate the North entrance.
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Stow-on-the-Wold
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Stow-on-the-Wold is a Market Town on top of an 800 foot hill in the Cotswolds. The church (St Edwards) is particularly known for the ancient Yew trees which dominate the North entrance.
Bagendon is a small unspoilt secret gem Village. It is a pleasant walk (15-20 mins - 0.8 mile) from the doorstep along quiet country lanes. St Margaret's Church is 12th Century and visitors are welcome. Locals often walk the Bagendon Loop.
Bagendon
Bagendon is a small unspoilt secret gem Village. It is a pleasant walk (15-20 mins - 0.8 mile) from the doorstep along quiet country lanes. St Margaret's Church is 12th Century and visitors are welcome. Locals often walk the Bagendon Loop.
The source of the River Churn and also claimed by many to be the real source of the River Thames. This would add approximately 14 miles to the official length of the Thames making it the longest river in the British Isles, not just the UK. Parking in a lay-by and down some steps - and it's FREE!
Seven Springs
The source of the River Churn and also claimed by many to be the real source of the River Thames. This would add approximately 14 miles to the official length of the Thames making it the longest river in the British Isles, not just the UK. Parking in a lay-by and down some steps - and it's FREE!
Enjoy a day in this beautiful park with 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world. Especially beautiful during Autumn when the trees are turning wonderful shades of red brown and gold.
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
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Enjoy a day in this beautiful park with 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world. Especially beautiful during Autumn when the trees are turning wonderful shades of red brown and gold.
Great place to visit, especially for children. We have been a number of times with our grandchildren who love seeing the animals, both large and small. Take a picnic and make the most of the day.
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Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
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Great place to visit, especially for children. We have been a number of times with our grandchildren who love seeing the animals, both large and small. Take a picnic and make the most of the day.
Another great place to visit. They have recently added a dinosaur park - a sort of "jurassic park" with loads of dinosaurs hidden in the woods.
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Birdland
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Another great place to visit. They have recently added a dinosaur park - a sort of "jurassic park" with loads of dinosaurs hidden in the woods.
Take a walk up Leckhampton Hill, see the Devil's Chimney and admire the wonderful views across the River Severn and Wales.
Devil's Chimney
Take a walk up Leckhampton Hill, see the Devil's Chimney and admire the wonderful views across the River Severn and Wales.
Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the largest Roman Villas in Britain. Built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 4th century. Discovered in 1864 and acquired by the National Trust in 1924. Admission prices apply to the villa but the shop and cafe are free to enter.
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Chedworth Roman Villa
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Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the largest Roman Villas in Britain. Built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 4th century. Discovered in 1864 and acquired by the National Trust in 1924. Admission prices apply to the villa but the shop and cafe are free to enter.
Enjoy a lovely walk around this well visited Cotswold village, or include it in a circular walk with Lower Slaughter (1 mile away) and Bouton-on-the-Water (another mile further).
Upper Slaughter
Enjoy a lovely walk around this well visited Cotswold village, or include it in a circular walk with Lower Slaughter (1 mile away) and Bouton-on-the-Water (another mile further).
Situated halfway between Upper Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water, both about a mile away. Many visitors make a circular walk of these 3 villagers. Both Slaughters are very beautiful, unspoilt must visit villages on the River Eye.
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Lower Slaughter
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Situated halfway between Upper Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water, both about a mile away. Many visitors make a circular walk of these 3 villagers. Both Slaughters are very beautiful, unspoilt must visit villages on the River Eye.
Neighbourhoods
The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone running from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon. An area of outstanding natural beauty with numerous towns and villages featuring Cotswold stone buildings.
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Cotswolds
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The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone running from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon. An area of outstanding natural beauty with numerous towns and villages featuring Cotswold stone buildings.
Food scene
The Bathurst Arms, North Cerney (1.5 miles) Local country pub/restaurant. Good quality food, not your average pub meals. Not your usual run of the mill menu (check their website for menu).
The Bathurst Arms
The Bathurst Arms, North Cerney (1.5 miles) Local country pub/restaurant. Good quality food, not your average pub meals. Not your usual run of the mill menu (check their website for menu).
Stratton House Hotel, Stratton (2 miles) Restaurant is open to non residents. Afternoon teas also available. See website for details.
Stratton House Hotel
Stratton House Hotel, Stratton (2 miles) Restaurant is open to non residents. Afternoon teas also available. See website for details.
The Falcon Inn, Poulton (7.5 miles) More a restaurant than a pub. Excellent quality food at a reasonable price, well recommended.
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The Falcon Inn
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The Falcon Inn, Poulton (7.5 miles) More a restaurant than a pub. Excellent quality food at a reasonable price, well recommended.
The Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne (5.5 miles) Pub/restaurant. Traditional menu, good pub food and speciality ales.
The Colesbourne Inn
The Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne (5.5 miles) Pub/restaurant. Traditional menu, good pub food and speciality ales.
The Old Rectory Restaurant, Colesbourne (5.5 miles). This is an excellent restaurant with very good quality home cooked food at very reasonable prices. You feel like a guest having a meal in a friends house. Booking is essential at all times - you cannot just turn up.
The Old Rectory Restaurant
The Old Rectory Restaurant, Colesbourne (5.5 miles). This is an excellent restaurant with very good quality home cooked food at very reasonable prices. You feel like a guest having a meal in a friends house. Booking is essential at all times - you cannot just turn up.
The Plough Inn, Stratton. (2 miles) Traditional Pub/restaurant with decent quality pub food at very reasonable prices.
The Plough Inn, Stratton, Cirencester
The Plough Inn, Stratton. (2 miles) Traditional Pub/restaurant with decent quality pub food at very reasonable prices.
Thai Emerald, Castle street, Cirencester (3 miles) Authentic Thai cuisine. Excellent quality food. Well patronised so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Service tends to be fairly quick.
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Thai Emerald
36 Castle St
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Thai Emerald, Castle street, Cirencester (3 miles) Authentic Thai cuisine. Excellent quality food. Well patronised so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Service tends to be fairly quick.
Tierra and Mar, Sheep Street, Cirencester (3 miles) Spanish Tapas restaurant. We've had some excellent feedback from guests about this place.
Tierra and Mar
29 Sheep St
Tierra and Mar, Sheep Street, Cirencester (3 miles) Spanish Tapas restaurant. We've had some excellent feedback from guests about this place.
Côte Brasserie, Black Jack street, Cirencester (3 miles). Modern, all-day French brasserie chain, serving regional specialities and traditional classics. We've had some very good recommendations for this place.
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Côte Brasserie - Cirencester
4 Black Jack St
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Côte Brasserie, Black Jack street, Cirencester (3 miles). Modern, all-day French brasserie chain, serving regional specialities and traditional classics. We've had some very good recommendations for this place.
MBB Brasserie restaurant, Market place corn hall, Cirencester (3 miles). Excellent quality food, good choice of menu. Tends to be fairly busy - can book online.
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MADE BY BOB
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MBB Brasserie restaurant, Market place corn hall, Cirencester (3 miles). Excellent quality food, good choice of menu. Tends to be fairly busy - can book online.
The Bell at Sapperton (5.5 miles). An independent, family owned, beautiful country pub, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Multi-award winning and particularly well known throughout the region for our food, whilst proud of still being a top notch pub in every sense of the word.
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The Bell at Sapperton
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The Bell at Sapperton (5.5 miles). An independent, family owned, beautiful country pub, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Multi-award winning and particularly well known throughout the region for our food, whilst proud of still being a top notch pub in every sense of the word.