Itineraries from Cirencester

The following is a suggested 3-day itinerary for a short break based in Cirencester.  It is designed so that each day a different part of the Cotswolds can be explored using public transport - a combination of rail and bus.

DAY 1: Over the watershed from the Thames to the Severn

  • Take the bus services 855/881 – to Kemble station and get the train to Stroud.
  • Explore this bustling town full of character and once described by Jasper Conran as the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds.  From the station, it is just a short  walk to the Thames and Severn Canal where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll in this area, once the centre of the Cotswold textile industry.
  • Return to Cirencester by bus – service 54/54A – taking in the villages of Sapperton – one of the locations for the Arts and Crafts Movement and Coates

DAY 2: A taste of Tetbury

  • Take bus service 855/881from Cirencester to Tetbury
  • Spend some time exploring this charming Cotswold town, famous for its many antique shops, HRH Prince of Wales' Highgrove Shop and the Duchy Home Farm.  The Duchy Farm shop is situated about one mile outside Tetbury on the main road to Bath; there is a narrow pavement so it is possible to walk there, it is open Wednesday to Saturday  8am to 5pm. 
  • Follow this short downloadable town trail around Tetbury.
  • Return to Cirencester by bus service 855/881.

DAY 3: Honey coloured buildings –‘the most beautiful village in England’.

  • Take bus service 855 to Bibury.
  • Explore this delightful village and walk beyond the normal tourist route – lots of footpaths to enable you to discover the local environment.
  • Return on service 855 to Cirencester