Open Day. Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland
Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland 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’. ( Find the full list in Things to do on the Folly website) Adults £3, 11-16 years £1, under 11s free Open the 1st and 3rd Sundays from April to October.
10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours free parking.
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 SN77AQ)