Faringdon is a beautiful old market town with a rich and vibrant history and is an ideal place to visit.
Faringdon, meaning ‘fern-covered-hill’, is a beautiful old market town perched on a ridge between two river valleys, the Ock and the Thames, gracing it with panoramic views of the surrounding area.
With a rich and vibrant history, and a range of hotels, pubs, cafes and shops, Faringdon is an ideal place to visit for a holiday, short break or day out.
Faringdon is famed for its Folly Tower, built in 1935 by Lord Berners, the then owner of Faringdon House. This 100ft high tower is the last major Folly to be built in England, and sits on Folly Hill, within a charming 4 acre, circular woodland of splendid Scots pine and broadleaf trees. The Folly Tower is open every first and third Sunday of the month when you can climb to the top to see the breathtaking views over five counties. Follow the sculpture trail around the woodland and look out for twenty-four blackbirds, the hidden fairy door, the bridge to nowhere, Cromwell’s cannon and much more.
A charter was granted for a weekly market in 1218, with markets continuing to be held every Tuesday and third Saturday of the month in the marketplace. The Saturday markets often celebrate the seasons or link to the history of Faringdon.
All Saints’ Church, just off the market place, is well worth a visit. It has a rich interior with monuments that reveal the intriguing history of Faringdon. Civil War cannon and musket balls from the battle between the Royalists and Parliamentarians in 1646 are on display inside the church, and there is even a cannon ball lodged in the church wall!
If you would like more information, why not visit the Faringdon Information Centre located in the market place.
Where is Faringdon?
How to get to Faringdon
66: Oxford to Swindon
The Stagecoach bus route 66 runs from Oxford to Swindon via Faringdon, Bessels Leigh, Fyfield, Southmoor and Buckland.More info
Things to do in Faringdon
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