Cirencester ShoppingLatest News - Cotswold Artisan Coffee has opened in Bishops Walk.
Cirencester has a diverse range of shops that will cater for many people's needs. The town centre has the usual chain stores including WH Smith, White Stuff, Fat Face, The Orange Shop, Vodafone, Argos and Boots.
But it is the smaller, and often independently owned, stores that attract many people to shop in Cirencester. There are many high quality clothing stores for women, the excellent children's toy store Crocodile, Gardiner Haskins (Cotswold's biggest homecentre), Keith's coffee shop, Toomers (pet store), Cirencester Cupcakes, Encore, Jesse Smith's, Lick The Spoon and many more to choose from.
The town's only major specialist electrical retailer, Currys, closed a number of years ago and the premises was reopened with a Costa Coffee. And on the subject of coffee, Starbucks are believed to be opening in the town soon.
The are a number of town centre car parks that you can use, including a small number of spaces in The Market Place itself.
A walk around the shops in Cirencester
The Waterloo Car Park will be the first car park that you will probably encouter. It's position, just off London Road, is ideal as it is on the edge of the town centre but also close to The Abbey Grounds where you could take a relaxing walk after a busy shopping trip. There is also a car park adjacent to the Abbey Grounds, Abbey Car Park. (View a map of car parks in Cirencester)
Current parking charges at the Abbey Car Park (correct at April 2014):
Half an hour - 50p
Up to 1 hour - £1.30
Up to 2 hours - £2.30
Up to 3 hours - £3.00
Up to 5 hours - £3.90
Up to 10 hours - £6.50
Charges apply 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday (including public holidays). Other car parks are available. Please note - Parking fees apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at The Brewery car park.
Leave the Waterloo Car Park (after paying and displaying of course) and head back towards Dyer Street. As you reach the junction of The Waterloo, London Road, Victoria Road and Dyer Street you will be able to see two of the finest Bed and Breakfast establishments Cirencester has to offer. The Old Brewhouse and The Ivy House. The Old Brewhouse on London Road is a delightful 17th Century town house bed and breakfast full of charm and character, sympathetically restored and refurbished offering high quality accommodation. The Ivy House is an imposing Victorian residence built in 1870, occupying a prominent position within a three-minute walk from the town centre. There are more B&Bs a little further down Victoria Road.
Anyway, let's go shopping!
As you head up Dyer Street towards the town centre one of the first shops you will encounter, after first passing the office of The Wilts & Glos Standard, is Gardiner Haskins (previously Gardiner Homecentre) at 68/72 Dyer Street. Gardiners claims the title of the Cotswold's biggest homecentre and occupies a large, two storey property with departments including bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, lighting, gardening and general DIY. There are parking spaces at the rear of the store and access to these spaces is via Lewis Lane.
Continue up Dyer Street and you will find the Marks & Spencer 'Simply Food' store. The store opened in 2006 after taking over the premises vacated by the Iceland frozen food shop. Opposite Marks & Spencer you will see Argos, the catalogue shop. There is an alleyway to the right of the Argos store which leads to a small car park which can be used by Argos customers whilst using the store. There is also a newsagents and Simone's gym on that side of the road.
Next to Marks and Spencer is a small courtyard type area where you can sit and enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by, The courtyard is edged with a small number of shops and businesses including a hair salon (currently closed), cafe and wedding hire shop. Tattinger Marsh moved from one of these shop to premises over the road which were vacated when Adams Childrenswear closed.
As you head towards the Market Place you will pass Nationwide and then Toomers, the pet store, and the offices of Cirencester estate agency, Cain & Fuller.
You are now at the junction of Dyer Street, Market Place and North Way, but before we continue into The Market Place look opposite Cain & Fuller where you will see an archway to The Woolmarket, an small area of shops and businesses including:
Crocodile – independent toy shop
Happy Hen House - unique gifts and high quality ladies accessories
Hair & Skin Care House – hairdressers and beauty treatments
Ride 24/7 – Cirencester’s only cycle shop (excellent, informed advice)
Bernard Griffiths – hair stylist
Anne Morley Fashions – ladies fashion
Bridal Studio – wedding dresses
ToneZone Music – music shop which opened on 28th March 2009
Café Mosaic – breakfast, coffee, lunch, snacks and afternoon tea
In The Woolmarket you will find a sculpture by Jill Tweed called "The Ram". The sculpture was unveiled in 1997 by local author Joanna Trollope.
By the time you have reached the junction of Dyer Street, North Way and The Market Place the impressive site of St John Baptist Church will be in view. The Church dominates the top end of The Market Place and is one of the most impressive "wool church" in the area, if not the country.
The Market Place and The Corn Hall
Head up toward the Church passing Walter Bull & Sons the jewellers, Lock Stock & Barrel, Barclays Bank and The Corn Hall along the way.
The Corn Hall
The beautiful Corn Hall and Arcade, in the heart of Cirencester, are definitely worth a visit, they are a thriving and vibrant part of Cirencester’s retail experience. The Arcade is the home to Sue Parkinson, (but Sue Parkinson Home closed in 2014 to make way for The Kings Head Hotel redevelopment), Hobbs House Bakery, Made by Bob Deli/Restaurant, Oeno Wines, Wadham Trading, Witches Knickers and Stuart Wilson Hairdressing.
We have regular weekly events running in the Corn Hall as follows:
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: HOME, FASHION and GARDEN BAZAAR
A great mix of fabulous jewellery, scarves, leather bags, cushions, footstools, interior design service, rugs, sheepskins and hides, children’s soft toys, cards, lavender bags, garden designers and plants, computers, olives and nuts, jams and chutneys, liquorice, prints and African art, beads, buttons and ribbons, Italian wrapping paper and food, life coach, painted furniture, each day/week varies, so always worth having a look around.
Every Friday: ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES MARKET
Offering an eclectic mix of furniture, brass, art, jewellery, coins and collectables.
Every Saturday: CRAFT MARKET
Craftsmen selling a wide range of items they have made including beautiful wooden boxes, fire crates, bird boxes, mirrors, artwork, gift items and cards to name but a few.
As part of the redevelopment of The Corn Hall, the Visitor Information Centre was relocated to the Corinium Museum.
The Market Place
Back in the Market Place, you will also find The Fleece Hotel.
At the top end of The Market Place, outside the HSBC bank, you will find yourself at the junction of Cricklade Street, Castle Street and West Market Place.
Let's explore Cricklade Street first.
In Cricklade Street you will find a mix of shops and businesses including West Cornwall Pasty Co., New Look, Burton menswear, Dorothy Perkins Lexi Loves to name but a few. The closure of Woolworths and Whittards of Chelsea left a big hole in Cricklade Street shopping. But The Woolworths premises was filled by Mountain Warehouse and Poundland. Henley sweet shop occupies what was the Whittards store.
A new Body Shop opened in 2008. The Bishops Walk shopping centre also leads off Cricklade Street.
Bishops Walk is a small covered shopping mall home to a number of shops and businesses including Carphone Warehouse, a kitchen and homeware shop, and a florist. In October 2010 a new traditional butcher opened in Bishops Walk. And in March 2012 O2 opened at the entrance to Bishops Walk.
The first floor of Bishops Walk was, until August 2013, occupied by Cirencester's one and only nightclub, The Rock.
Continue down Cricklade Street past Boots, Dorothy Perkins and Burton towards where Cricklade Street has a junction with Ashcroft Road and you will find Witton Recruitment, an employment agency dealing with jobs in Cirencester. If you do an about turn and walk back up Cricklade Street (on the left hand side of the road) towards The Market Place Continue walking along Cricklade Street past the Blue Cross charity shop which opened at the end of 2012, Halfords, Western Computers (Apple shop), the entrance to Bishops Walk and the Waterstones book shop (which changed its name from Ottakar's after the July 2006 takeover by the HMV Group) until you reach The Market Place.
We will now turn left out of Cricklade Street and take a trip down Castle Street.
We will walk down Castle Street on the left hand side towards Tetbury Road and then turn through 180 degrees to return down Castle Street on the right hand side back to The Market Place.
As you enter Castle Street from the Market Place you will notice a Vodafone store. This shop took over unoccupied premises which was left by a travel agent.
As we travel down Castle Street we pass R Scott, a Gentlemans' Outfitters that has been serving Cirencester since 1905. Continue past Concord Foto (a digital camera shop) and you will pass the Clarks shoe shop (which underwent a refurbishment in May 2014) and the Black Horse public house on your way to WH Smith, a common sight on many high streets across England, but not many will occupy such a picturesque building.
Continue along Castle Street, past White Stuff and Brocks, and you will discover that the buildings housing shops will change to buildings housing estate agents and restaurants. The first restaurant we will pass is a Chinese Restaurant (which was Tatyans). As we proceed towards Tetbury Road we will pass a curry house (Raj-doot) and a French restaurant. The Curryander curry house which stood on the corner of an alleyway that leads down to Tesco's town centre store and a large car park known as Brewery car park closed and re-opened as a new Chinese restaurant.
Walk a little further down Castle Street and we will reach an estate agent (Hamptons) at the end of the road, the point where we turn around and walk back towards The Market Place.
Walking back down to the Market Place we will pass a number of shops, the Mad Hatter's Wine Bar and McKenzies pub/wine bar. Just before the the Post Office redevelopment is Silver Street (more of which in a minute). The Post Office redevelopment includes shops such as Lick The Spoon (the Post Office redevelopment means that Castle Street is now linked to Black Jack Street). Further down Castle Street you will find an opticians, cafe and finally the Vodafone store, mentioned earlier, on the corner of Castle Street and the Market Place.
Silver Street is a small side street where you will find GH Knight (stationers), Parlane, M.A.D.E., a barbers and a dental surgery among others.
At the bottom of Castle Street (at the junction with Cricklade Street and the Market Place) we will now turn left into West Market Place and then to Black Jack Street.
West Market Place and Black Jack Street
West Market Place and Black Jack Street is possibly the most interesting shopping area in Cirencester. Full of small shops, tempting courtyard areas and the smell of freshly roasting coffee beans from Keith's.
Black Jack Street is a small one-way street where you will find Jesse Smith's butchers among other shops such as Encore, Keith's, Lick The Spoon and John Lewis of Hungerford. Black Jack Street now links back to Castle Street thanks to the redevelopment of the old Post Office area.
Swan Yard and the Post Office Redevelopment
Here you will find the likes of Pulp and Soushi.
On the edges of Cirencester you will find the likes of Tesco and, in the Love Lane area, Lidl, Austin's Country Store, Rave Coffee and Travis Perkins. Also, the Dobbies garden centre is just a short drive from Cirencester town centre. There is a large car park on-site.
Cirencester Shopping Guide
A new Cirencester Shopping guide has been launched. It is currently being built, but it's worth a look
Link: Cirencester Shopping