World-renowned thanks to the biennial Air Show, there’s plenty more to Farnborough than dramatic aerobatics and Red Arrow displays. The Hampshire town is roughly halfway between Southampton and London and boasts plenty of activities and entertainment including family-friendly parks, fascinating museums, plenty of motorsports, a well-preserved Iron Age fort and plenty more. The nightlife and eating out scene is just as vibrant, with Farnborough and nearby North Camp offering everything from afternoon tea and traditional English pubs to swanky cocktail bars and three-roomed nightclubs. And our hotels in Farnborough are well-placed to take in all the action, including offering views out towards Farnborough Airport and its sky-conquering displays.
Things to do in Farnborough
There are two shopping centres in Farnborough, both located in the heart of town a short walk from each other and our Farnborough Town Centre hotel. The Princes Mead Shopping Centre is a bright and airy shopping mall built in 1990 home to 30 stores including big-name brands like Boots, JD Sports, and Clarks plus several cafés and food outlets. The Meads Shopping Centre is another one-level shopping mall with stores including Sainsbury’s, New Look plus the seven-screen Vue Farnborough complex.
On the western edge of London, Farnborough is a short drive south from Reading in north-east Hampshire. The nearby M3 offers good road connections including the M4 and the M25.
If you’re travelling by air, Heathrow Airport is around 20-miles from Farnborough, with the journey taking 30-minutes by car or taxi and just over an hour on a National Express service via Woking. Make your journey even smoother by staying the night before you travel at one of our hotels near Heathrow Airport.
Alternatively, Farnborough Airport to the south of the town centre is on hand for private jets and also hosts the world-famous Farnborough Air Show every two years. It was also the first ever airfield in the UK and the scene of the first powered flight in the country in 1908.
Farnborough Train Station has two platforms and regular departures to Poole, Basingstoke, London Waterloo and Portsmouth. The small station is located a short walk north of the town centre and has an on-site shop, ticket office and toilets.