Faringdon Folly Tower and woodland

Faringdon Folly Tower and woodland

Date of Adventure: 14 Jun, 2023

Faringdon Folly Tower sits on Folly Hill, within a 4 acre, circular woodland of trees, some of which are more than 200 years old.

The woodland has more to it than meets the eye; it’s full of wild and wacky creatures carved out of wood to find – follow the sculpture trail which you can find on the website to spot a hare, mole, bat, buzzard, field mouse, giraffe and more, as well as 22 blackbirds perched in trees (2 live in the tower so you won’t see them.) You will also feel the eyes of the troll who overlooks the woodland…

This is a natural playground at it’s best with logs to climb and dens to hide in, as well as countryside views. In June the poppies are out in the fields surrounding the folly – simply stunning! The first and third Sunday of the month there are free storytelling sessions in the story chair. This post on their Facebook page has all the details.

The Folly Tower re-opens on the 1st April (see website for full details). Climb to the top of the 100 foot tower and you can see panoramic views of 5 counties! Whaaaaaaaaat?!

Be sure to visit nearby Faringdon Folly Cycle Park for adventures of the two-wheeled kind.



Folly Tower (see website for opening dates)
Adult: £3
Child (11-16): £1
Under 11: Free
Woodland always open.
Folly Tower open on the 1st April
No booking required
No café
Not accessible due to terrain
25 minutes from Headington roundabout
S7 gold bus
Free parking on Stanford Rd
The details


​Satnav SN7 8EP will take you to Stanford Road. You can park along this road (it is dead end) towards the Folly Park. It is not possible to drive up to the Tower and woodland but you can access via Stanford Rd.

View on Google Maps


Did you


Lye Valley is part of the Wild Oxford project, a joint initiative between BBOWT, Oxford City Council and local community groups to create a more resilient network of wildlife habitats across the city which benefited Oxford’s natural heritage and improved people’s access to nature.

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