I do feel that I am quite fortunate to live in Swindon, as it means that I am right by the gateway to the Cotswolds. If you’re not familiar with the Cotswolds, they are a series of quaint villages which are surrounded by ‘wolds’ (meaning hills) and are effortlessly picturesque. Here, you can take a step back in time and explore everything that is quintessentially English. Houses made of yellow stone are pocketed around forests and farmland. Famers markets, Public houses, Tea rooms, Victorian mansions, canals, rivers, parks – it’s all here.
I decided to spend the day in the Capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester. A charming market town, which has plenty to keep you occupied. You can explore their many alley ways with stylish boutiques and cafés, wander up the vintage Cecily hill, take a stroll in Cirencester park, immerse yourself in Roman history at the Corinium museum and explore the Abbey and grounds. If you’re looking for a good place to start your Cotswolds journey, it’s here.