Visit Faringdon, a guide to Faringdon and the local area

Guide to Faringdon & the local area. Discover and enjoy the very best Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds have to offer.

The historic market town of Faringdon lies at the edge of the Cotswolds midway between Oxford and Swindon and sits in the Vale of the White Horse.

Known for its 100ft Folly Tower, the last major folly to be built in England. It sits close to the centre of the town centre on Folly Hill and offers fine views across 5 counties. Built by Lord Berners who lived at the 18th century Faringdon House. The town hall, surrounded by Georgian-fronted buildings, dates to the 17th century.

Faringdon makes a great base for a short break in the Vale of White Horse and Cotswolds. With easy access to many attractions, including the Ridgeway, White Horse Hill, Buscot Park, Thames walks and boat trips. With the dreaming spires of Oxford just only 20 minutes away, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Faringdon was the first capital of Wessex, from where Alfred the Great ruled his kingdom for a time. In 1218 King Henry III gave the town a charter for a weekly market, which still exists.

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