Things to do

Things to see and do in and around Faringdon

There are many interesting landmarks and places of interest to see in and around Faringdon. Click on the pictures below to find out more information.

Within 10 miles

Markets – Tuesday and Third Saturday

Market

Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland

Faringdon Folly, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England. It sits on Folly Hill, within a charming 4 acre, circular woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees, some more than 200 years old.

The Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall, Faringdon

 The first time visitor to Faringdon is sure to be struck by The Old Town Hall, a late 17th century hall. Built on stone pillars in a tascan style, right in the centre of the Market Place. It was built by public subscription after the Civil Wars and is one of only two town halls from the period in the Vale of White Horse, the other being in Abingdon.

Faringdon History Walk

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Faringdon Fun Trail

fun trail

All Saint’s Church

All Saints Church, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

The church presents a slightly odd appearance from a distance with its squat tower. This would riot be nearly so striking if it were not for the absence of a steeple, blown away in fighting during the Civil Wars. Substantial parts of the church dating from the 13th century and later.

Faringdon Public Access Tennis Court

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Play tennis at Faringdon’s Public Access Court

The Elms Tennis Court 

Court Guidance April 16

 Visitors or members of public wish to casually use the court they should borrow a key from number 4 or 5 Woodview, Faringdon SN78EL or email cmurphy@brookes.ac.uk / alison.scott@sodexo.com or 01367240698 / 01367 243057.Faringdon day itineraries

Faringdon Outdoors
Charming villages, bluebell filled woods and lovely views make an exquisite backdrop to an outdoor adventure. Get the itinerary 

Faringdon for Families
Enjoy an easy family day as you explore picturesque Faringdon and its surroundings, say hi to the baby lambs and piglets for us though! Get the itinerary

Faringdon History
There is an air of the surreal about Faringdon, an air that makes the history here that little bit more special and fascinating with some real larger than life characters! Get the itinerary

Great Coxwell Barn

Great Coxwell Barn, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Great Barn in Great Coxwell village is the sole surviving part of a thriving 13th-century grange that once provided vital income to Beaulieu Abbey. It was a favourite of William Morris, who would regularly bring his guests to wonder at the structure. Morris called it ‘unapproachable in its dignity’.

White Horse Hill

White Horse Hill, Uffington, Oxfordshire

The White Horse has long been accepted as the oldest and finest of the chalk hillside figures. Perched on the hill with stunning views across the Vale, it is a wonderful, atmospheric place.

Badbury Clump

Bluebells , Badbury Hill, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Badbury Hill is a hill parish of Great CoxwellThe summit of the hill is the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort known as Badbury Camp. It is now a wooded area in the care of the National Trust, known locally as  Badbury Clump. It is swathed in Bluebells in May and is perfect for walkers and dog-owners.

Thames Path

Radcot, Oldest Bridge over 'River Thames'

Join the Thames path at Radcot , the oldest bridge on the Thames just 2.5 miles from Faringdon. you can follow the greatest river in England for 184 miles (294 km) from its source in the Cotswolds almost to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historic towns and cities, and finally cutting through the heart of London to finish at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.

Ridgeway

Wayland Smythy, The Ridgeway, Uffington, Oxfordshire

Join the Ridgeway National Trail just 6 miles from Faringdon. The trail runs 87 miles (139km) through ancient landscapes.  Over rolling, open downland to the west of the River Thames, and through secluded valleys and woods in The Chilterns to the east, following the same route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.

Buscot and Coleshill Estates

Coleshill, National Trust, FaringdonSituated a few miles from Faringdon, these two very English villages and their surrounding patchwork quilt of fields, woodland spinney, water meadow and parkland, are just perfect for relaxing and exploring. Perched on the West Oxfordshire border, these traditionally farmed estates spanning 7,000 acres, are criss-crossed by miles of circular walks and family trails for you to discover.

Buscot Park

Buscot Park, National Trust, Lord Faringdon

Approximately 3.5 miles from Faringdon

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor, 'William Morris', Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Approximately 6.5 miles from Faringdon

Vale and Downland Museum

The VAle and Downland Museum, Wantage

Approximately 10 miles from Faringdon

Tom Brown’s School Museum

Tom Browns School, Uffington

Approximately 6 miles from Faringdon

Cotswold Woollen Weavers

Cotswold Woolen Weavers, Filkins
Museum, shop, coffee shop and much more approx. 9 miles from Faringdon. While you are in the beautiful village of Filkins visit the Filkins Museum one of the oldest small museums in Oxfordshire.

Within 20 miles

Ashdown House

Ashdown House, Oxfordshire
Ashdown House

Approximately 12 miles from Faringdon