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Parish Church of St John Baptist
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Cirencester
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Stumbled into the Church to have a look around, just the usual old church but this guy walks up to us and asks us if we want to see the bell tower, so he takes us up the tower then before I know it im on the very top of the church roof standing looking out at the views. Breath taking (Not for the ones who hate heights) aw it was superb seen the bells and also the clock functions. This was totally unexpected so was a real delight to climb the 204 stairs. Had a look around the church afterwards and it's a really nice building. The "Tour Guide" if you wanna call him that was such a Gent and real down to earth guy with a brilliant sense of humor. He was talking about growing up in Cirencester and how he used to climb the tower and have a fag after school. If you ever visit this church make sure you climb the tower.

Thank Ted I
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

A beautiful Church and well worth a visit. Like most large Churches and Cathedrals that are open for visitors where guides and welcomers are on duty there is usually a break every hour for a word from the resident Chaplain. Absolutely right but at Cirencester the "word" was far too long. Also feel that the daily Eucharist should not be broadcast throughout the Church but only in the Chapel being used. People just walking round the rest of the Church looked uncomfortable and we saw several people leave. A pity.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Chris D
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“An absolute gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I've been looking at Church architecture for many years and am familiar with the "typical". This church is anything but ordinary,I would rate it as exceptional. Like many others it is a bit of a mixture of styles and it is interesting to spot them. There are a number of very high quality aspects - the fan vaulted ceiling; the quality of the masonry; the well preserved stained glass and the sheer spaciousness.The revealed wall paintings are fascinating too. I have no hesitation in recommending visitors to go and marvel.

Visited July 2014
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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“Centrepiece of the town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

Visited here on the way back from Gloucester, and this turned out to be the highlight in a very interesting town. The centre of the town, and it was full of interesting snippets of the local history. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Gerry C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

we(group of 14) had a privately arranged guided tour this week with Derek Barnard who gave us a well-informed&detailed tour of the Church.lots of interesting history and areas of interest to see inside the church.some of us were also very lucky to have the opportunity to climb the 204 steps in the tower with the Church Warden as our guide, who gave a detailed description of the clock&bells and the views from the top in the sunshine!!we were in the tower at 12 noon so could appreciate the bells&chimes from close proximity!!!

Visited June 2014
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