As you make your way around Cirenester and explore its many attractions there’ll be one landmark that keeps catching your eye – the church. You can’t miss Cirencester’s St John the Baptist church, it’s one of England’s biggest parish churches and it stretches high up against the skyline wherever you are in the town. With a history that spans a thousand years, this picturesque church is just as beautiful as the rest of the Cotswolds, and it welcomes thousands of visitors every year.
If you want to hear the tales that the church has seen unfold over the centuries then you can join a guided tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays which is led by members of the church, and there’s a book shop inside the church complete with written guides for those of you keen to read more after your visit.
The volunteer stewards are always on hand to answer any questions you have as you wander the cathedral-like building, and there are four peaceful chapels that make welcoming places to spend a few moments and wonder who might have knelt in them over the generations. Whether you go along for one of the service or you’re just keen to see one of the country’s largest churches, you’re promised a warm welcome.