Added to your Itinerary Planner below
Get route gradient profileGenerate
Newly opened in April 2016, The Barrel Store at New Brewery Arts offers stylish, affordable visitor accommodation in the heart of the Cotswolds. New Brewery Arts is a centre for craft, and The Barrel Store shares our passion for craft, with beautifully designed and hand-crafted furnishings throughout. Guests can take part in our wide range of craft workshops, or simply spend time in Cirencester and the Cotswolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
A former brewery warehouse, this hostel has been sympathetically restored to offer relaxed, stylish surroundings, ideal for a budget UK break or weekend away. It comprises 43 beds including:
It is also possible to book adjoining rooms for families or groups.
Within YHA Cotswolds we have a communal kitchen and lounge where you are welcome to cook, eat and relax (open 5pm – 9am weekdays and weekends).
Just next door is the very popular New Brewery arts café, open from 9.00am serving a delicious breakfast, great coffees and hot drinks, scrummy cakes and cream teas as well as a selection of special lunches, sandwiches, salads and soups. The café is open to the public as well as guests.
Cirencester is also well served with cafes, pubs and restaurants.
The hostel building was originally built as a barrel warehouse for the adjoining Cirencester Brewery that closed in the 1930s. When the Brewery closed the building was used to build WW2 aircraft parts before becoming a town council store, it was even a theatre in the 1980s. In 1990 it became a part of New Brewery Arts, bringing the three remaining brewery buildings together as a creative hub in the town. Today New Brewery Arts offers classes and workshops in a range of contemporary and heritage crafts, and is home to a gallery as well as craft makers including glass-blowers, a potter and a stone carver.
Cirencester was the second largest town in Roman Britain, and this can be seen in the town’s amphitheatre and in the collection of the Corinium Museum. Cirencester is a thriving market town in the very heart of the Cotswolds, on the edge of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cirencester also boasts one of the tallest hedges in the country, the 300-year-old yew hedge surrounding the Bathurst Estate is over 40 ft tall. It takes around 80 man-hours for a team of two to give the hedge its annual short, back and sides.