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Corinium Museum, Cirencester

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Find out about the era of Roman rule by visiting their second-largest administrative center, Cirencester--then called Corinium--at Corinium Museum. The exhibition displays artifacts from the ancient Roman settlement, and offers you the chance to participate in activities suitable for all ages, ranging from quizzes to dress-ups. Make sure you take a good look at the mosaic floors; they reflect the status of Roman nobles of the era. The program of events changes over time, ensuring fresh details and new information, so check the website in advance to see what's on display during your visit. Plan to see Corinium Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cirencester trip maker app.
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  • Good layout and easily route to follow round the museum, very informative with headsets at most stations, staff were helpful, really good gladiator display. 
    Good layout and easily route to follow round the museum, very informative with headsets at most stations, staff were helpful, really good gladiator display.  more »
  • This is a very well thought-out museum, presenting fascinating insights into the extraordinarily rich history of the town. I’m looking forward to going back for a further look. 
    This is a very well thought-out museum, presenting fascinating insights into the extraordinarily rich history of the town. I’m looking forward to going back for a further look.  more »
  • It's a really good, and not too small museum about the history of Cirencester, with particular emphasis on it's roman history. I particularly liked the mosaics, but I think it might be one of the... 
    It's a really good, and not too small museum about the history of Cirencester, with particular emphasis on it's roman history. I particularly liked the mosaics, but I think it might be one of the...  more »
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  • This museum is great for those interested in History associated with Romans and their life in England. Very well explained throughout the corridors. Organized by timelines with special instruments discovered through the time in Cirencester and Cotswolds areas. The admission price is reasonable for the amount of History items very well kept. Staff is welcoming and available for questions through the visit.
  • Looks small from the outside but packed with exhibits. The museum is tucked away a short walk from the main town centre. It is packed with exhibits from small to huge, all laid out and labelled clearly. Descriptive text everywhere is concise and informative without being boring. Most things on display are Roman but there’s plenty to see from the periods before and after. The route around the museum is easy to follow and takes you through the history of the area chronologically. The layout, lighting and quality of the displays is exceptional and easily rivals or surpasses some I’ve seen in far bigger museums. Likewise the quality of some items is so good that a few look like new particularly some of the Anglo Saxon jewellery. The mosaics and recreation of a Roman sitting room were also highlights for me. I couldn’t take it all in on one visit so will be back. We came on a Tuesday during school holidays. No school parties, but a lot of tourists. However, there was still enough room to move around and see & enjoy everything. It wasn’t too busy when we arrived on spec. We paid and were in within minutes but later we saw a queue so book in advance on the web site. I’d advise buying one of the handbooks @ £4.50. It helps focus younger visitor’s attention and isn’t bad value. Entry cost was just under £15 for one adult and one child inc. the Explorer’s Handbook (with stickers!). Parking in Cirencester is *always* tricky. I’d advise avoiding markets days = Mondays, Fridays and the second and forth Saturdays of each month. On other days, arrive as early as possible and head for the Forum car park (you can use the PayByPhone app here). Enter Cirencester Police Station into your satnav / maps app. The Forum car park is on the right, just before the station.
  • Absolutely brilliant collection of Roman history including stunning mosiacs. Really interesting learning about Cirencester and the surrounding area from prehistoric times up to when the Romans finally left. What did the Romans ever do for us? Quite a lot actually 😁
  • Great private collection of Roman mosaics and artefacts. Well laid out clear brief labels. For the grandchildren mine 5&7yrs enjoyed the games, mosaics to make etc. they also enjoyed find the mosaics placed in the exhibits. Reasonably priced entry day ticket allowing us to lunch in Cirencester. I hope they can reintroduce a children's activity sheet soon. Very good talk by a curator showing us the Roman oil lights.
  • Allow at least one hour, it’s a very interesting museum focused in roman times but saxon times and the Middle Ages are well represented as well.

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