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About Faringdon

Perched on a golden limestone ridge between two river valleys – the Ock and the Thames – Faringdon enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding area. On the threshold of the Cotswolds, distinctive regional stone is evident in buildings around the town.

The Anglo-Saxon kings of Wessex located a palace here and Faringdon is recorded in the Domesday Book. A weekly market was granted in 1218 and these continue to take place on Tuesdays in the central market-place, overlooked by the 17th century elevated market hall.

The Parish Church dates from the 13th century. A turbulent history has robbed it of many usual features including a spire but the interior reveals interesting features including scroll work and brasses. The churchyard is rumoured to have a ghost.

Faringdon is noted for the curious custom of dying pigeons with bright colours, a practice started by the eccentric Lord Berners when resident at Faringdon House. His on-going influence is still evident around the town through stone plaques with comments such as "Please do not throw stones at this notice". Faringdon house is privately owned and not open for public access.
 
If you have a day to spend in Faringdon, we have tried and tested the best attractions for families, for history buffs and for those who love the great outdoors.  See www.oxtrails.co.uk for the best ideas for things to do in Faringdon. 

A short stroll from central Faringdon are open fields and a network of footpaths and eight themed walks to nearby villages of Radcot, Pusey, Buckland, Wicklesham, FernhamGreat Coxwell  Badbury Hill and Thrupp.  Two of England's national trails - the Thames Path and the Ridgeway – are accessible within a short ride / drive.

On 1 February 2004, Faringdon became the first town in the South East of England to achieve Fairtrade Town status.
 

Claims to Fame:

The Berkshire Pig was first bred by local farmers around Faringdon. Now classed as a rare breed, bacon from these large black animals was often used to make the local dish of Berkshire bacon pudding, a suet roly-poly filled with home cured bacon and flavoured with sage and onion.

A number of myths exist about Dragon Hill. Most popular are that St George slayed the dragon here; that the dragon's blood poisoned the ground preventing the grass from growing; and that the site marks the burial place of the dragon and / or Uter Pendragon, father of King Arthur.


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What’s on in Faringdon:
 
The Faringdon calendar of events highlights the best activities in the town.The town holds an ECOWEEK every two years and local produce is celebrated the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Faringdon Farmers Market. Browse the Faringdon events on the Southern Oxfordshire What's On Events Calendar or on the Faringdon community website.
 

Where to stay in Faringdon:

Looking for tourist accommodation or somewhere to stay in Faringdon? To view Hotel, B&B, Guest House, Inn, Self-Catering properties, Caravan and Camping sites in Faringdon use the search facility on the right hand side of the page and click Faringdon in the location option.

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Tourist Information:

The Corn Exchange
Gloucester St
Faringdon
SN7 7HL

Tel: 01367 242191 

Email a request relating to Faringdon visitor information to tic@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

Download a copy of 12 Fabulous things to do around Faringdon or a copy of the Best of Faringdon leaflet and, if you are shopping the Faringdon loyalty card is a must!


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