With evidence to suggest that Farnham has been a settlement for tens of thousands of years, the town is rich in history. Taking in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, the Romans and Saxons also settled in Farnham. The town boasts an intact Norman castle and keep, built for the Bishop of Winchester as a half-way point between his home in Winchester and London. Part of the castle and its keep are now open to the public. Farnham and its castle played a major part in the English Civil War, with visits from King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. Following this period, the town became known for its market, which the author Daniel Defoe described as the greatest after London. Industries in the town have included the production of pottery, wool, crops, flour, and beer.
Farnham borders on the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Downs Way long-distance path starts here. Alice Holt Forest is nearby, as are Frensham Ponds and many heaths and downland scenery.
Farnham School of Art, associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement, was opened in 1866, and is now part of the University for the Creative Arts .
Farnham Castle Castle Street, 01252 721194, . A Norman castle permanently lived in for almost 900 years with buildings reflecting the changing architectural styles through the centuries.
Farnham Museum 38 West Street, 01252 715094, . Visit the museum and understand the extensive history of the town, from prehistory to today. Features exhibitions of art, crafts and writing produced in the town. Check the website for information about temporary exhibitions and children's activities. Free entry.
Gostrey Meadow. Gostrey Meadow is a public park, through which the river Wey flows. There is a children's play area and a large grassy area ideal for a summer picnic. Gostrey Meadow was created in 1910 as a recreational area for the residents of Farnham. The name comes from the 17th century meadows, now part of the Bush Hotel estate, which were known as Gostreeds.
Lion and Lamb Yard Award winning shopping village in the town centre, named after a former coaching inn.
New Ashgate Gallery Wagon Yard (off Downing Street), 01252 713208, . The New Ashgate Gallery is a non-profit organisation, promoting and selling contemporary fine art and craft. The gallery holds regular exhibitions.
St Andrew's Church Church Lane, 01252 715 412, . St Andrew's is the parish church of Farnham. There was a church on the same site as the present St Andrew's some five hundred years before the present building was built in the eleventh century.
Waverley Abbey Tilford Road, 0870 3331181, . The nearby Abbey in Waverley is about 10 minutes drive from Farnham town centre. The first Cisterian monastery in this country, the Abbey was built in the 13th century.
The Barn 3b The Borough (down an alleyway - follow the signs), 01252 266196, . The Barn is popular locally for its creative events, which include the Knitter Natter knitting club, life drawing classes, and games nights. This little cafe in the centre of town also holds live music nights featuring local bands and DJs. Check the website for a full list of future events.
Country Market United Reform Church (opposite Sainsbury's supermarket), South Street, 01246 261508, . Established in 1950, this market offers quality handmade crafts, plants, fresh flowers and vegetables when in season, eggs and honey and a selection of traditional home cooking and preserves. Held every Friday from 9:30-11am.
Farnham Beer Exhibition The Maltings, Bridge Square, 01252 718001, . Annual charity beer exhibition (the longest running in the country) with 35-40 breweries exhibiting real ale, bitter, cider and perry.
Farnham Maltings Bridge Square, 01252 718001, . Farnham Maltings is a lively community arts centre housed in Farnham’s historic Maltings buildings on the river Wey. The centre offers a vast array of activities for both adults and children, including touring theatre productions, film screenings and craft events. Check the website for a full list of future events.
Farmers Market Central Car Park (off Victoria Road), . A local farmer's market selling traditional food, flowers and other produce is held on the fourth Sunday of each month. Many of the stallholders offer free samples before you buy.
Maker's Market The Maltings, Bridge Square, 01252 718001, . This market is one of the oldest and largest in the area, with around 200 stalls selling vintage and handmade items, as well as food. The market is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 9:30am-4pm.
Squires Kitchen Cookery School Broomleaf Road, 01252 260262 . Offers short baking courses from beginner to advanced. Check the website for a full list of future courses.
Cafe Rouge 4-5 Town Hall Buildings, The Borough, 01252 733688 . Classic French-style food in the town centre.
Caffe Piccolo 84 West Street, 01252 723277. Small local restaurant serving traditional Italian meals, with a focus on seafood.
Caffè Uno 6–7 Castle Street, 01252 721193, . Contemporary Italian food and drink in this small bar and restaurant. Open for light lunches and coffee during the day.
The Darjeeling 23-25 South Street, 01252 714322 . Luxurious authentic Indian restaurant close to the train station. Also does takeaway food.
The Gorge 10 The Woolmead, 01252 726483. The Gorge is a small local "greasy spoon"-type cafe which does very affordable all-day breakfasts. The cafe is popular with students due to its bizarre cave-like walls.
Loch Fyne 3 Downing Street, 01252 748030, . Scottish seafood restaurant with bar and fishmonger.
The Mahaan 13 East Street, 01252 718171, . Contemporary authentic Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine with a modern twist. Also does takeaway.
Maison Blanc 4 The Borough, 01252 821606, . French-style patisserie and chocolaterie with coffee and cakes to take away, as well as cafe with wi-fi.
The Mulberry Station Hill, 01252 726673, . Serving gourmet burgers.
The Nelson Arms 50-52 Castle Street, 01252 712554, . 17th century pub, formerly part of the castle, with a long and interesting history. Serving traditional British food and drink with generous portions.
Pizza Express 74 Castle Street, 01252 733220 . Contemporary Italian food and drink in a converted Georgian school. Plenty of seating in the conservatory at the rear of the restaurant, where you can watch the chefs make your pizza. Plenty of discounts and offers available here: . Also does takeaway food.
Prezzo 7 The Borough, 01252 737849, . Contemporary Italian food and drink in the centre of town.
The Slug & Lettuce 9-11 East Street, 01252 722011, .
Squires Restaurant & Bar at Farnham House Hotel, Alton Road, 01252 716908, .
Starbucks Lion and Lamb Yard, 01252 714099, . Small branch of the coffee chain in the pretty Lion and Lamb Yard shopping village. Be prepared to sit outside as there are often no tables free inside.
Thai Lotusland East Street, 01252 716584. Recently refubished, offers traditional authentic Thai food in pleasant surroundings.
Vienna Restaurant & Wine Bar 112 West Street, 01252 722978, . High-quality local Mediterranean-inspired food and drink across two floors.
Zizzi 68 Castle Street, 01252 719231, . Contemporary Italian food and drink in a beautiful old building.
The Bridge at Pierrepont Frensham Road, 01252 797360 . Pretty and traditional hotel in nearby Frensham, 5 minutes drive from Farnham train station. Rooms from £49.50.
Farnham House Hotel Alton Road, 01252 716908, . Traditional 3-star hotel around 10 mins drive from the town centre. Single rooms from £54, double rooms from £74.
Hotel Daniele, Lower Hale, 01252 728608, . An attractively styled 17th century barn conversion, set in 40 acres of secluded parkland, with ample off road parking. Formerly known as Farnham Park Hotel. Single rooms from £45, twin or double rooms from £55.
Hotel De Vie 22 Firgrove Hill, 01252 823030, . Small child-free boutique hotel aimed at business and luxury-seeking travellers. Double rooms from £95.
Mercure Bush Farnham The Borough, 01252 715237, . This 17th century coaching inn provides a stylish 3-star retreat retaining much of its period grandeur, surrounded by tranquil beauty and luxury. Double rooms from £72 per night.