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Farnborough is a town in the northern part of the English county of Hampshire, close to the border with Surrey. It is perhaps best known as the home of the biennial Farnborough International Air Show.

The town is currently undergoing rapid development including a radical rebuilding of the shopping centre to include new shops, bars, restaurants, cinema, bowlplex and hotels.

Much of the land previously used by the military is now been redeveloped to build new apartments, hotels and bars.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Farnborough is well served by London's collection of airports. For travellers coming directly to Farnborough, the most convenient (in reducing order of convenience) are:

  • Farnborough Airfield , base of operation of two of the largest private Jet hire companies in the UK
  • Heathrow Airport [1] is about 40 minutes drive down the M4 (westbound) motorway, M25 (anticlockwise) and M3 (westbound).
  • Luton Airport [2] is about 50 minutes drive away via the M1 (southbound), M25 (westbound) and M3 (westbound) motorways. Luton Airport Parkway connects the airport to Kings Cross station every 35 minutes, the tube to London Waterloo station and then follow the directions below.
  • Gatwick Airport [3] is about an hours drive away via the M23 (northbound), M25 (clockwise) and M3 (westbound) motorways.

By train[edit]

Farnborough is served by four railway stations:

  • Farnborough Main railway station for London Waterloo, Basingstoke, Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury.
  • Farnborough North and North Camp railway station (same line) for Reading, Guildford and London Gatwick Airport.
  • Ash Vale railway station for Camberley, Ascot, Aldershot, Farnham and Alton.

By car[edit]

Farnborough is served by the M3 motorway (US English:freeway) which runs from London to Southampton. It is about an hour's drive from central London. The best junction to use for Farnborough is junction 4 or 4a and then follow the signs.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Farnborough Abbey [4] built by Empress Eugenie this is the burial place of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, and his wife, Eugénie de Montijo, and their son, Napoléon Eugène. Also the home of Benedictine monks.
  • The crypt of St Peter's Old Parish Church [5] is believed to house the remains of many of the Earls of Anglesey.

North Camp [6] a village in south Farnborough.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Aircraft Museum
  • Farnborough International Air Show is held every two years, in summer. Public days are the last weekend only. Exhibits cover civilian & military hardware both static and as an aerial display.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Aviator, Farnborough Road

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Get out[edit]

  • Sailing on Hawley Lake [7]
  • Winchester, a nearby ancient cathedral city with lots to see.
  • Guildford, a nearby old cathedral city with lots to see.

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