The Folly Tower will remain closed until 2022
The woodland is open
Private bookings are now available.
Quirkiest Room Hire Ever?
Are you looking for a venue with a difference - for that special birthday party or corporate team building event perhaps? Yes - the Folly Tower Belvedere Room really is for hire.
Bel Vedere in Italian literally means “Beautiful View”.
This unique venue adds much interest to your special occasion. As well as stunning views from the top of the Tower, the woodland has great spaces for picnics and games.
Many people have already booked the Tower for many different sorts of private parties.
There have been children’s parties, anniversary celebrations, marriage proposals, musical events, romantic twosomes…………
We provide the venue - you arrange the rest!!
See Private Bookings page
for enquiry form and pictures of the Belvedere Room
This unique unusual 100ft Tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England.
Hailed as 'Britain's finest 20th century Folly Tower' and 'One of the most important follies in Britain'
The Tower sits on Folly Hill, within a charming 4 acre, circular woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees, some more than 200 years old.
Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower).
Seek out the 24 sing a 'song of sixpence' black birds, Cromwell’s cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree, the giraffe, the mouse ..............and more. See the list and photos on the Sculpture trail page
Please do not feed the giraffe!!
"There are many single points of view, which equal, or perhaps surpass, that to be seen from this place, but when a circuit is made of its summit, and new beauties are found at every step, it cannot fail to be pronounced the finest circular view in the kingdom,"
Extract from Pigot & Co's Directory of 1824
"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s (and women’s) hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. "
Robert Louis Stevenson