This unique 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).
Look for the new and wonderful (2023) Storytelling chair seek out the 24 sing a 'song of sixpence' black birds, Cromwell’s cannon, the owl, 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