Faringdon FollyFaringdon Folly

faringdon folly


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 circular 4 acre woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees, some more than 200 years old.

Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower).

Seek out the 24 black birds and giant willow pie, Cromwell’s cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree! and a variety of birds and animal sculptures lurking among the trees. You might even see a troll, but, ‘please do not feed the giraffes’

10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours free parking.

The tower is open from April to October on the first and third Sundays of the month.
Adults £2, 11-16s 50p, Under 11s free

The woodland is always open and entry is free.

Book a private opening, for your party or celebration.
The best place for access is a footpath from the Stanford Road (the nearest post code is SN7 7AQ)

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Tel: 0845 475 8386
Adults £2, 11-16s 50p, Under 11s free

April  7th & 21st
May 5th & 19th
June 2nd & 16th
July 7th & 21st
Aug 4th & 18th
Sept 1st & 15th
Oct 6th & 20th