Farnham has a magnificent history: Stone Age, Roman and Saxon dwellings have been found here, Britain’s first Cistercian monastery was built here and the fine 12th century castle standing above the town has welcomed visitors for the last 800 years, including most monarchs of England from King John to Queen Victoria.
Farnham offers contemporary visitors and residents a chance to enjoy quintessential England, just an hour from the international city of London. This pretty Georgian market town has quaint cobbled streets to explore, a multitude of independent shops and a rich arts scene all nestled in the beautiful Surrey countryside. This mix of heritage and landscape has inspired writers for years such as William Cobbett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.M. Barrie. The inventor John Henry Knight, Britain’s first two seater petrol motor car builder, lived here and other notable historical figures including Florence Nightingale stayed regularly in Farnham.
Today the University for the Creative Arts forms a hub for new talent, with 2,000 students creating cutting edge fashion, art, video and photography. The local Bourne Woods has seen Farnham land a new role as a leading film location, with major blockbusters Gladiator, War Horse, Robin Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman all choosing to use the Forestry Commission’s woodland for their backdrops.
With great local food, accessibility, calm open spaces, Farnham can offer you the perfect place if you want a change of scenery, all a 5 minute drive from The Woodlarks Centre.