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

Badbury Hill Camp is in shape an irregular circle and overlooks the Vale of the White Horse to the south and a long stretch of low lying ground to the north west, Thames Valley. An iron age fort, it is strategically placed on the highest ground in the area.

Early in the 19th Century the banks were levelled leaving little but vestiges of the fosse on the south side and a faint escarpment on the other sides.

Badbury Hill is a favourite place for walkers and their dogs. In May, the bluebells are beautiful, and the woods attract a large number of visitors. It is locally referred to as Badbury Clump.

Badbury Hill

Admission free | Open all year | Large car park | Dogs allowed

National Trust Property



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.

Archaeologists have been able to pinpoint the exact date that the Great Coxwell Barn, near Faringdon, Oxfordshire was built, over 700 years ago. Incredibly, investigations have pinpointed the year to 1292, after it was discovered that a tree used to help construct this striking medieval agricultural building was felled at this time.

Previously, the Trust had been able to date the building to the late 13th century by a number of architectural features in the Great Barn, like the stone corbels - brackets used to support the timber above them, which are typical of this period.

The Great Coxwell Barn

Admission: Adults: £1.00 | Gift Aid: Free

Open on selected dates (see website)

Dogs to be kept on leads

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Using a technique called dendrochronology dating, a scientific method of dating based on the patterns of tree growth rings, archaeologists have been able to pinpoint a precise felling date for one wood sample from the rafters of the Barn to winter 1291/2. What is more, two other samples from the opposite end of the barn came from the same parent tree. This suggests the barn was most likely built all in one go, probably the year after the tree was felled, in 1292.

Built from Cotswold rubble-stone walling, the barn is an impressive reminder of the skills of the Gothic carpenters and the wealth of the great monastic orders.

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'.

As you stand by the barn imagine the grange as it would have been with a windmill, pig farm and dairy herd.

Please note, there are no toilet facilities here, and dogs should be kept on leads.

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