Farnham is a pretty town in Surrey that attracts London and north Surrey commuters, thanks to good transport links and attractive scenery. It sits midway between London and Winchester. It is of historic interest, with many old buildings, including a number of Georgian houses and Farnham Castle majestically overlooks the town. A short distance southeast of the town centre are the ruins of Waverley Abbey, Moor Park House and Mother Ludlam’s Cave. The town is drained by the River Wey, which is navigable only to canoes at this point.
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Surrounded by beautiful countryside much of which is owned by the National Trust, Farnham is an area ideal for walking and riding. Frensham Ponds, Hankley, Thursley and Little Frensham all worth a visit. There are also numerous golf clubs within the area.
Farnham is a town of many contrasts. The town centre is lively and welcoming and has a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, art galleries and pretty market stalls, together with many listed buildings of historical interest.
There a wide range of chain restaurants and pubs to choose from on Castle street. Take your pick from the pubs in town – The Wheatsheaf, Queen’s Head and the Nelson Arms – or, further out, The Spotted Cow.
Farnham is well connected. Trains: half-hourly to London Waterloo (55-61 minutes). Driving - 20 minutes to the M3, 30 minutes to the M25, an hour to Southampton, a little over to central London, and 45-60 minutes to Heathrow or Gatwick.
There is a variety of schools in the area. Primary schools: Highfield South Farnham, Waverley Abbey Junior, St Peter’s C of E and Rowledge C of E are all “good”, says Ofsted, with St Polycarp’s Catholic “outstanding”. Secondary schools: Farnham Heath End is “good”, and Weydon “outstanding”.
Written by the SO Resi In House Team