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Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2PT
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Living in and around Cirencester

The Cotswolds is known as the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest in England and Wales, and covers an area 25 miles across by 90 miles long. The prosperity of the area can be traced back to its sheep farming history in the Middle Ages however the Cotswolds history dates back more than 2,000 years. There are many ancient and painstakingly preserved towns and villages nestling among these hills and are richly endowed with the history and relics.

 Cirencester, Cheltenham and Gloucester are all ancient Roman strongholds as is the famous Fosse Way. The Cotswolds is the home of the Arts & Crafts movement founded at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries by William Morris, who occasionally lived in BroadwayTower. Many modern film makers have chosen The Cotswolds as a backdrop to various dramas such as Harry Potter in Gloucester Cathedral.

The countryside and villages around Cirencester are picturesque and lively, with thriving rural communities. One of the prettiest areas is the lovely Coln Valley where the meandering River Coln weaves its ways through some of the of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, with deep grassy valleys and villages such as Ablington, Coln St Aldwyns, Coln St Dennis, Winson, Coln Rogers, Barnsley, Calcot, Eastleach, Quenington and Southrop all bustle for closeness to this pretty trout river. Bibury is one such charming, typically Cotswold, village just a short drive from Cirencester. Bibury was once described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England".

South West Gloucestershire remains a highly desirable location for both commuters and families. It is a picturesque, largely rural area and its villages nestle in valleys and woodlands with traditional Cotswold stone cottages peppering the hillsides and winding roads. The landscape of South West Gloucestershire has long been an inspiration to artists and writers. It was made especially famous as the setting for Laurie Lee’s “Cider with Rosie”. Commuters who choose to live in South West Gloucestershire are within easy reach of London, the Midlands, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Bristol. What’s more, the area provides excellent links to the North on the M5. Excellent schools make the area an ideal choice for families with children of all ages.

South Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire is a more ‘down to earth’ area than the more picturesque Cotswold valleys and hills. South Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire is ideal for those who need fast, easy access to London, Swindon, Bristol, South Wales or the Midlands. It is popular with families because of the excellent schools in the area and it is also a favourite with smallholders and those with equestrian interests.

There is easy access to London via the M4 or by rail. The ancient North Wiltshire town of Malmesbury lies just six miles north of Junction 17 of the M4 on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. To the west, the pretty rural villages of Sherston, Didmarton and Badminton offer the best of country living.

Places of interest

  • New Brewery Arts
  • Corinium Museum
  • Cirencester Park
  • Cotswold Water Park
  • Church of St. John Baptist
  • The Abbey Grounds
  • Arlington Row, Bibury
  • Chavenage House
  • Chedworth Roman Villa

Local authorities

  • Cotswold District Council
    01285 623000
  • Gloucestershire County Council
    01452 425000 

     
  • The Stroud District Council Offices
    01453 766321
  • Wiltshire Council
    0300 456 0100 

     
  • Malmesbury Town Council
    01666 822143
  • Swindon Borough Council
    01793 445500

 

Property available in the Cirencester area

Whether you are looking for a Cotswold stone built manor house, farm estate, old rectory, traditional stone cottage, striking converted barn or a modern, new stone building; in a country, village or town setting, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

Getting to Cirencester

The Cotswolds lie between the M5, M40 and M4 motorways. The main non-motorway roads all roughly follow the routes of ancient roads, some laid down by the Romans, such as Ermin Street and the Fosse Way. National Express Coaches regularly link up with many towns and cities.

Roads

  • A46 Bath /Stroud/Cheltenham
  • A419 Swindon/Cirencester/Stroud
  • A429 Cirencester/Stow-on-the-Wold/Moreton-in-Marsh
  • A40 Oxford/Burford/Cheltenham
  • A44 Oxford/Aberystwyth
  • A424 Burford/Stow-on-the-Wold
  • A429 Malmesbury/Warwick
  • A433 Badminton /Cirencester
  • A417 Cirencester/Gloucester
  • A4135 Tetbury/Slimbridge
  • M4 - Junctions 15, 16, 17 and 19 serve Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire and The Cotswolds. Junction 17 of the M4 is about 17 miles south of Cirencester
  • M5 - Junction 10, 11, 11a, 12 and 13 of the M5 serve Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds. Junction 13 is about 16 miles west of Cirencester
  • M40: The A40/M40 starts at Burford, between Cheltenham and Oxford. Oxford is just half an hour (20 miles) from Burford

Rail

The area is bounded by two major rail routes: London-Bristol and Bristol-Birmingham main line. In addition, the Cotswold Line runs through the Cotswolds from Oxford to Worcester, and the Golden Valley Line runs from Swindon to Gloucester, carrying high speed and local services.

Main-line, high-speed rail services to the big cities run from stations such as Bath, Swindon, Oxford, Cheltenham and Worcester. High-speed services to London are also available from Kemble station near Cirencester, Kingham station near Stow-on-the-Wold, Charlbury station and Moreton-in-Marsh station.

  • Cheltenham Spa - London, Paddington: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Moreton-in-Marsh - London, Paddington: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Charlbury - London, Paddington: 1 hour 12 minutes
  • Kingham - London, Paddington: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Kemble (3 miles from Cirencester) - Paddington: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Swindon - Paddington: 55 minutes
  • Stroud - Paddington: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Chippenham - Paddington: 1 hour 20 minutes

Air

  • Bristol International Airport – 8 miles south of Bristol on the A38. Bristol International Airport offers regular flights to a large number of international destinations.
  • Birmingham International Airport is about an hour’s drive from Moreton-in-Marsh – 40 miles.
  • Gloucestershire Airport between Cheltenham and Gloucester – flights to Isle of Man, Jersey and Belfast.

Taxi/chauffeur services

A2B Taxis of Cirencester 01285 655651

Cirencester Taxis 01285 640088

Schools

Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds offer a superb selection of schools, ranging from Nursery Schools to Public Schools. The quality of the private and state schools in the region are one of the major reasons why buyers wish to move to the area.

Nursery schools

  • Acorns Nursery, Cirencester
    01285 655505
  • Bingham Kindergarten
    01285 651310
  • Hatherop Castle Nursery
    01285 750206
  • St Peter's Nursery, Cirencester
    01285 642473
  • Stepping Stones, Cirencester
    01285 642460
  • Ashton Keynes C of E Primary School
    01285 861436

Preparatory Schools (including pre-prep)

  • Beaudesert Park, Minchinhampton 01453 832072
  • Cheltenham College Junior
    01242 265600
  • Grittleton House
    01249 782434
  • Hatherop Castle
    01285 750318
  • Kitebrook House, Moreton-in-Marsh
    01608 674350
  • Pinewood, Bourton
    01793 782205
  • Prior Park, Cricklade
    01793 750275
  • Rose Hill Westonbirt
    01666 881400
  • St Edward's, Cheltenham
    01242 538600
  • St Margaret's, Calne
    01249 857220
  • Wycliffe College, Stonehouse
    01453 822432

Public schools

  • Cheltenham College
    01242 750206
  • Cheltenham Ladies' College
    01242 654046
  • Dean Close, Cheltenham
    01242 258000
  • Rendcomb College, Cirencester
    01285 832310
  • St Edward's, Cheltenham
    01242 538600
  • St Mary's, Calne
    01249 857220
  • Westonbirt, Tetbury
    01666 880333
  • Wycliffe College, Stonehouse
    01453 822432

State Schools

  • The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water
    01451 820554
  • Deer Park, Cirencester
    01285 653447
     
  • Farmors, Fairford
    01285 712302
  • Marling, Stroud
    01453 762251
  • Cirencester College
    01285 640994
  • Kingshill, Cirencester
    01285 651511
  • Pate's Grammar, Cheltenham
    01242 523169
  • Stroud High
    01453 764441
  • Burford School and Community College
    01993 823303

Bars and restaurants

Restaurants

  • Allium, Fairford
    01285 712 200
  • Barnsley House, Barnsley
    01285 740 000
  • Bibury Court Hotel, Bibury
    01285 740 337
  • Calcot Manor, Tetbury
    01666 890 391
  • Cowley Manor, Cowley
    01242 870 900
  • Daylesford Farmshop Café, Oddington
    01608 731 700
  • Jesse’s Bistro, Blackjack Street, Cirencester
    01285 641 497
  • Made By Bob, Cirencester
    01285 641 818
  • The Chef’s Table, Tetbury
    01666 504 466
  • The Close Hotel, Tetbury
    01666 502 272
  • The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
    01666 822 344
  • The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham
    01452 740 547
  • The Potting Shed, Crudwell
    01666 577 833
  • Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, Malmesbury
    01666 822 888
  • William’s Kitchen, Nailsworth
    01453 835 507

Dining pubs

  • Cat & Custard Pot, Shipton Moyne
    01666 880 249
  • The Bell, Sapperton
    01285 760 298
  • The Catherine Wheel, Bibury
    01285 740 250
  • The Coach & Horses Inn, Longborough
    01451 830 325
  • The Crown, Frampton Mansell
    01285 760 601
  • The Falcon, Poulton
    01285 850 878
  • The Golden Hart, Nettleton Bottom
    01242 870 261
  • The Gumstool, Tetbury
    01666 890 931
  • The Halfway House, Minchinhampton
    01453 832 631
  • The Hare & Hounds, Fosse Cross
    01285 720 288
  • The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power
    01451 850 394
  • The Horse & Groom, Charlton
    01666 823 904
  • The Inn at Fossebridge, Fosseway
    01285 720 721
  • The Kings Arms, Didmarton
    01454 238 245
  • The Ormond at Tetbury, Tetbury
    01666 505 690
  • The Rattlebone, Sherston
    01666 840 871
  • The Royal Oak, Bishopstone
    01793 790 481
  • The Seven Tuns, Chedworth
    01285 720 242
  • The Swan, Southrop
    01367 850 205
  • The Trouble House, Tetbury
    01666 502 206
  • The Village Pub, Barnsley
    01285 740 421
  • The Vine Tree, Norton
    01666 837 654
  • The Volunteer Inn, Great Somerford
    01249 720 316
  • The Wheatsheaf, Northleach
    01451 860 244
  • The Woolpack, Slad
    01452 813 429

Oriental

  • Soushi, Cirencester
    01285 641 414
  • Thai Emerald, Cirencester
    01285 654 444

For details of bars and restaurants in and around Cheltenham, please visit our living in Cheltenham office pages.

Hospitals

For information on Doctors, Opticians, Dentists and Pharmacists ring NHS Direct on 0845 46 47

  • Cirencester Hospital
    01285 655711
  • Tetbury Hospital
    01666 502336
  • Great Western Hospital, Swindon
    01793 604 020
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester
    08454 222 222
  • Cheltenham General Hospital
    08454 222 222
  • Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
    01225 428 331
  • Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
    0117 970 1212

Cinemas and theatres

Cinemas

  • Apollo, Stroud
    0871 220 600o
  • Cineworld: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon (Shaw Ridge), Witney
    0871 200 2000
  • Empire, Swindon (Greenbridge)
    0871 471 4714
  • Odeon, Cheltenham
    0871 224 4007

Theatres

  • Chipping Norton Theatre
    01608 642 350
  • The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    01242 572 573
  • The Playhouse, Cheltenham
    01242 522 852
  • The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford 0844 800 1110
  • The Theatre Royal, Bath
    01225 448 844
  • Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
    01793 524 481