Things to see and do in and around Faringdon
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
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
Faringdon Fun Trail
All Saint’s Church
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
Play tennis at Faringdon’s Public Access Court
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or 01367240698 / 01367 243057.Faringdon day itineraries
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
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 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
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 Hill is a hill parish of Great Coxwell. The 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.
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.
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
Situated 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.