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How much do you know about Roman ruins in the Historic Cotswolds area? If the answer is ‘not a lot’, you should make sure you are in the Cirencester area in the very near future. The latter half of July sees two guided walks taking place on successive Tuesdays, on the 20th and 27th of the month. If you happen to be staying in the Cotswolds for a long weekend break or a UK holiday, why not find out more about it?
Cirencester itself is practically surrounded by the beauty of the Cotswolds. Lechlade and Burford are just off to the east and Cheltenham is not far to the North West, so you can see there are plenty of options for visiting other Cotswolds venues while you are there.
But back to Cirencester and the Roman walks. These come courtesy of the Corinium Museum in the area. This award winning museum can be found in Park Street in Cirencester, and the walks are part of the Festival of British Archaeology. The walks begin at the museum itself, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it. In addition to this you should pre-book your place if you are interested because there will only be a limited number of people allowed on each walk. This is to ensure that the walks don’t get overcrowded.
The cost is very reasonable as well, at just £5 for adults and £2 for any children you want to bring along with you. The idea is to find out all you can about the Roman history of Cirencester, giving you the chance to see the remains that are still visible in the area. The walk should last for around one hour and since it starts at 10.30am you will still have the rest of the day to explore the museum once you have finished the walk.
The only downside is that the walk could be moved to another date if the weather is not good. But even if you miss out you can do it another day and still go inside to explore the museum.
It’s definitely worth a look anyway as it has had a £5 million facelift in recent years, so it has plenty of new exhibits to show you. Cirencester itself is a stunning part of the Cotswolds too – while it is more built up than many of the smaller villages it is still worth exploring everything it has to offer.
So if you are at a loose end over the next couple of weeks, make sure you figure out whether you can spare the time to come up to the Cotswolds for a Cotswolds holiday. With so many other events taking place all over the area as well, you can expect to have a wonderful time exploring every detail of this popular area.
The museum is not far from the Church of St John the Baptist, and the Corinium Dobunnorum is directly north of it. This is just one of the sights you’ll be seeing on your guided walk. Enjoy!