Nestled on the edge of the South Downs Hills, Farnham is a small but bustling town with a rich history stretching back to the Stone Age. The medieval Farnham Castle overlooks the charming town centre alive with cool cafes and coffee shops, traditional pubs, plenty of top-notch restaurants and several busy shopping streets. A little out of town, you’ll find Waverley Abbey, one of the earliest UK monasteries, and the fascinating Rural Life Centre, a living history museum that covers over two centuries of country life. And with the South Downs on the doorstep, you’re never far away from the great outdoors including Farnham Heath and several family-friendly parks. Less than an hour from central London, our Farnham hotels are well-placed to take in all the action.
Things to do in Farnham
There are plenty of busy shopping streets in Farnham including West Street and Downing Street, but the Lion and Lamb Yard Shopping Centre is the only pedestrian-friendly retail space in town. The cobbled car-free street just off West Street includes high-street staples like Waterstones and Laura Ashley, as well as several independent outlets, cafes and restaurants.
Farnham is famous for its antique shopping, with the Antiques Warehouse Farnham one of the best places to pick up a vintage bargain. Located around a mile north of the town centre along the A31, the large warehouse is open daily selling a wide range of collectables, memorabilia and antiques.
The nearest airport to Farnham is Heathrow, with the 30-mile journey taking around half an hour via car or taxi or just under two hours via train and two connecting stops in Waterloo and Paddington. The busiest UK airport with over 1,000 daily flights across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, the airport is serviced by a wide range of airlines including British Airways, Virgin, Emirates and dozens of low-budget fliers. Alternatively, make your travel plans even simpler by staying the night before you travel at one of our hotels near Heathrow Airport.
If you’re arriving by train, you’ll no doubt be arriving via Farnham Train Station. The two-platform station runs regular departures to London Waterloo taking around an hour alongside departures to Alton, Aldershot and Guildford. The station is a 10-minutes walk from the town centre and has toilets, baby-changing facilities, a manned ticket office and ticket machine.