The Obelisk

For many visitors to Cirencester Amphitheatre, the first thing they see is The Obelisk, the enigmatic monument located beside the Scout Hut carpark on Cotswold Avenue.

Exactly who built it and why is a bit of a mystery, but its well worth a look as part of your visit to the wider complex.

History of The Obelisk

Obelisk visitors

The Obelisk first appears on maps in 1807 and one theory is that is was created as a line of sight marker from the Bathurst Estate, though almost two centuries of tree growth across the site mean one is no longer visible from the other.

The Obelisk is constructed from blocks of local dressed limestone and stands about 15 metres high.

A lot of work has been done over the years to improve the accessibility of the site and connect the different elements together.

A walkway now runs beside The Obelisk, over a bridge and up onto the toposcope, providing a seamless all-weather walk from The Obelisk to The Amphitheatre.

Bridge between Obelisk and AQIVA
Dig party as the obelisk

AQIVA at the Obelisk

Maintaining the area around The Obelisk is one of the regular activities AQIVA carry out, weeding and planting from Spring to Autumn.

Read more about AQIVA activities on our About Us page.

How to find Cirencester Obelisk

Cirencester Obelisk is located next to Cirencester Amphitheatre near the bottom of Cotswold Avenue.

Getting there on foot

It’s about 10 minutes walk from the town centre. Follow Sheep Street up the hill and over the bridge that crosses the bypass (A429). From the bridge you’ll see brown “Roman Amphitheatre” signposts. Round the bend onto Cotswold Avenue and you will see the obelisk through the scout hut car park.

Getting there by vehicle

At the bottom of Cotswold Avenue you’ll find the Scout Hut carpark which is available to park in for visitors. Once parked, you can’t miss The Obelisk.

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