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“Focal point of the city”

Parish Church of St John Baptist
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Cirencester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 24 July 2014

The Parish church is the focal point of the market place/town center. Cirencester has an amazing history if one cares to learn about it. The only problem our family had during our visit was that everything opened late and closed very early - this was Mid July and we used Cirencester as our home-base to go explore The Costswolds and Bath. So,when we came back from visiting other areas and would have liked to shop in the city a bit , all the stores were closed - On a scale of 0 to 10 of villages within the Cotswolds, I would give cirencester and the Parish church a 4. The church doesn't seem to have been taken care of as well as some of the others throughout the Cotswolds. Still, its a wonderful little village, with character and charm, peace and quiet and history that should not be forgotten.

Thank D L
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Helpful volunteer staff. Light and airy interior with easy access in the middle of the town.
Enjoyed seeing Anne Boleyns cup.

Thank Denise R
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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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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.

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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.

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