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On the trail of the Romans in Cirencester

Often called the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester was the second largest town in Britain during the Roman era.

The market square is dominated by the Parish Church of St John Baptist, which is as grand as a cathedral. On certain days the tower is open to visitors. If you're prepared to climb the narrow steps to the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside.

Stroll through Cirencester Park

Behind the church is the vast Cirencester Park, with its impressive geometric landscaping and wide open spaces.

There's plenty of areas where you can walk your dog or run around if you have the kids with you, or you can just enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely setting on the Bathurst Estate.

Explore the ruins of Cirencester Amphitheatre

Find out more about the town's Roman heritage on a trip to see the remains of one of the largest amphitheatres in Britain. It was constructed in the second century on the site of a Roman quarry, and was able to accommodate more than 8,000 spectators. Imagine highly charged sports events and gladiatorial battles as you wander the ruins.

Looking for accommodation in Cirencester? Travelodge Cirencester Hotel is ideal for exploring the town and Cotswolds. Alternatively, you could try Travelodge Swindon Central Hotel.