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Visit Cricklade, the First Town on the Thames

The charming town of Cricklade sits on the northernmost part of the Thames River in north Wiltshire, earning it its status as the First Town on the Thames. It's also known as the southern gateway to the Cotswolds, thanks to its proximity to towns like Cirencester.

Cricklade's location makes it a great base for walkers - the Thames Path National Trail passes through the town on its way from the Cotswold Hills to the river mouth.

A town steeped in history

Founded in the 8th century, Cricklade is a historic Saxon town - one of the few such preserved towns in England. It's famous for being the home of a royal mint from 979 to 1100, and you can see many historic coins in the town's museum.

If you'd like to find out more about Cricklade's history, walk the town's Heritage Trail, which takes you past the key landmarks of the area - including the 13th-century St Sampsons Church and the 17th-century Jenner Hall.

The perfect balance of town and countryside

Cricklade is surrounded by beautiful countryside and natural havens such as the North Meadow National Nature Reserve, but the bustling town centre is a great place to explore, too. The high street is lined with quirky boutiques and cosy cafes, perfect for a bit of window shopping when you've got an afternoon spare.

Planning a trip to Cricklade? Book a stay at Travelodge Cirencester Hotel, situated on the edge of the Cotswolds. Prefer the hustle and bustle of a busy town? Travelodge Swindon Central Hotel is just 20 minutes away.