Faringdon

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 in the marketplace.

All Saints’ Church, just off the marketplace, 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 cannonball lodged in the church wall!

A new exhibition ‘Hospital: Faringdon’s Pump House in WWI’ will be opening in the Pump House from Saturday, August 18th 2018, and will run for six months. More information can be found here.

If you would like more information, why not visit the Faringdon Information Centre located in the marketplace.

Why not visit some great nearby attractions such as Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and Crocodiles of the World?

 

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December 2020

December 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Korky Paul: Winnie and Wilbur’s Magical Moments

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

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January 2021

January 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Is ‘Science’ Always Exact?

History of Science Museum, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
Free

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January 16 @ 4:30 pm

Comedy Gala

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£2 – £40

Oxfordshire Mind and Jericho Comedy are taking over The North Wall Arts Centre for our annual Oxfordshire Mind Comedy Gala! This year the shows will be socially-distanced with live streaming in the evening for those isolating at home. Raising money for the vital support Oxfordshire Mind offers those with mental health problems, don’t miss this hilarious day of belly laughing comedy. Date: 16th January 2021 Time: Matinee – 4.30pm (Live) | Evening – 8pm (Live and Livestream) Tickets: Live: £40 per bench (seats 2 people) | Livestream: £11 per…

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