This is a 17th-century coaching inn, once visited by Charles II. The bar, restaurant and lounge…
Royal Agricultural University
“Set in some stunning scenery in the University grounds.” - VisitEngland Assessor
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The Royal Agricultural University is a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds. Situated on the outskirts of Cirencester, it's convenient for Cheltenham, Bath, Bristol, Oxford and the Cotswolds Way. Accommodation is set in the university grounds, and includes en suite double, twin and single bedrooms, available all year round.
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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