Why move to Farnham?
With a wide range of shops, eateries and property available, the town has something for everyone, from families to the student population.
Farnham offers a welcome respite for those looking to escape the hectic pace of London living, who will enjoy the quaint cobbled streets and the abundance of countryside on their doorstep.
A little bit of history
The old English market town of Farnham sprung up around its 12th century castle, which overlooks the town to this day lending an air of history and heritage. The town was prosperous in the 17th century due to its flourishing wool industry and wheat market. A plaque commemorates the 1648 stay of King Charles I at Vernon House, now the town’s library, on his way to trial and execution in London.
Farnham expanded rapidly after the arrival of the railway in 1848 and has been serving commuters to the capital ever since.
Architecture and property
The varied range of well-preserved period architecture in Farnham reflects the town’s history and its narrow streets are lined with some of the finest Georgian architecture in the South of England. The town offers everything from new build apartments to terraced cottages to striking townhouses and mansions, so there is truly something to suit all tastes whether buying or renting.
Local buildings of note include the parish church of St Andrew's and the imposing Farnham Castle, both of which date from the 12th Century.
Shopping and amenities
Farnham has many local shops to explore, including upscale clothing boutiques such as the White Stuff, Mint Velvet and Oliver Bonas. You can find almost anything at Elphicks department store, which also has a coffee bar should you need a break from browsing. The town also has a library, post office, banks and supermarkets, with a more extensive range of amenities to be found in nearby Guildford.
The restaurant scene in Farnham has a wide selection of world cuisine to choose from. The Lion and Lamb Yard is home to cute cafes and cosy French-style bistros, while dependable national chain restaurants like Bill’s go hand in hand with independent offerings such as Caffe Piccolo on the main thoroughfare of West Street. There is a wealth of country pubs in and around the town, perfect for a quick tipple or a Sunday roast.
Farnham has plenty of attractions to visit, including Farnham Castle, the Museum of Farnham, Waverley Abbey and the ever-popular Birdworld, ideal for a family day out. Farnham Maltings is a creative hub with a full calendar of events, including live theatre, film screenings and craft fairs.
Farnham Park, a medieval deer park with green flag status, is a stone’s throw from the centre of town and offers a range of facilities, including an adventure playground, 9 hole golf course with a café, cricket club and sports pitches. The nearby Frensham Ponds offer a unique swimming spot for families to enjoy, while the Sculpture Park at Churt is set in a 10-acre arboretum with pleasant walking trails and stunning artworks on display. With the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east and the South Downs National Park to the south, residents of Farnham are spoilt for choice when it comes to glorious countryside with walking and cycling routes to suit all abilities.
Farnham has a great reputation for high quality schooling in both the state and independent sectors, catering for all age groups and producing superb results. Those in and around the town include Highfield South Farnham School, South Farnham Infant and Junior Schools, Folly Hill Infant, Farnham Heath End, Weydon School and All Hallows Catholic School, as well as The Abbey School and Ridgeway Community School, both excellent establishments for children with learning difficulties. The town is also home to a campus of the University for the Creative Arts, offering courses in such diverse subjects as performing arts and business studies.
Farnham enjoys strong road and rail links to the capital, making it a popular choice for commuters. The mainline train station has regular services to London Waterloo in less than an hour and there is easy access to both the M3 and M4, linking to the wider national motorway network. The towns of Guildford to the east, Farnborough to the north and Basingstoke to the west can all be reached by road within 30 minutes.
Farnham further benefits from proximity to Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton airports, providing a gateway to domestic and international travel.