This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England
It 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 black birds and giant willow pie, Cromwell’s cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree!!..............and more. Please do not feed the giraffes!!
10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours free parking.
The tower is open from April to October on the first Sunday of the month, plus Bank Holidays and is available for private openings.
The woodland is always open.
Halloween at the Folly
It was a great night. Over 230 people climbed the tower, even though it was windy and a bit wet.
The Folly on BBC's Britain from Above
The BBC series called 'Britain from Above', hosted by Andrew Marr visited the Tower on 17th July 2008 together with their helicopter and state-of-the-art camera, buzzing around to capture the beauty of the Tower, woodland and town. More info...