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Farnham is a charming market town in Surrey and is popular with people leaving London. It’s not just an excellent commuter town, however. In Farnham, you’ll find pretty exteriors, quaint independent shops, cafes and friendly locals. In this guide, we’re looking at what you can expect if you’re moving to Farnham.

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A brief history of Farnham

Farnham’s history dates back to the Stone Age, with the first known settlement in the Mesolithic area some 7,000 years ago. The town played a major role in English history throughout the years, including Roman Times, the Anglo-Saxon period and the civil war between 1642 and 1651, when the castle was considered a potential rallying point for Royalists. 

Where is Farnham

Farnham is located in southeast England, in the district of Waverley in Surrey. It’s just 35 miles southwest of London, adjacent to the border of Hampshire and 11 miles to Guildford.

Moving to Farnham

The town is well known for its pretty period properties. Here, you will find plenty of Georgian houses in the old centre. Victorian terraces can be found in Farnham Park, while Firgrove Hill and Frensham Road also have plenty of semi and detached period homes. 

Buying in Farnham

The average sold price in Farnham is £664,239, which is considerably higher than the UK national average of £329,547. Expect to pay an average of £988,059 for a detached home, £386,834 for a terraced house and £303,172 for an apartment.

There’s a varied selection of estate and letting agents in Farnham, with chain and independent options available to help you find a home. 

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Renting in Farnham

One-bedroom homes rent for an average of £1,250 per month in Farnham, with two-bedroom properties fetching in the region of £1,350 per month. For larger homes, expect to pay an average of £1,800 per month.

Cost of living

If you’re moving to Farnham, you can expect to pay similar prices to the UK national average when it comes to everyday living. A meal for one person is around £15, while a cappuccino and a pint of milk cost about £3.15 and £0.85p respectively.   

Utility bills are lower than the national average in Farnham, at around £133 per month for electricity, heating, cooling, water and waste disposal (UK average £155). Broadband also matches the average at about £32 per month.

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St Andrew’s church in Farnham

Living in Farnham

Open spaces

The town is home to plenty of green space. Go for a stroll around Farnham Park with its leafy woodland, recreation areas, cricket club and nine-hole golf course. It’s also just 24 miles from Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

Transport links

The local train station at Farnham is operated by South Western Railway and offers direct services to London Waterloo in around 30 minutes. Motorists can take advantage of the town’s close links to the A3 and M3.  

Shopping

Wander around Farnham, popping in and out of local independent shops in the town centre. You will find everything from clothes and household goods to antiques and books. There’s also a famous monthly farmers’ market on the fourth Sunday of every month.  

Eateries

There’s a good mix of independent and chain restaurants in Farnham. Whether you want to grab a burger or stop by and enjoy homemade food using locally sourced ingredients, there are plenty of options.

Nightlife

You will find a smattering of bars from popular chains in Farnham, where you can enjoy a few cocktails too. 

Art & culture

If you’re looking to soak up the local culture, pay a visit to the Rural Life Living Museum. It’s an open-air museum of country life run by the charitable trust, the Old Kiln Museum Trust. Another popular spot is the New Ashgate Gallery, which hosts new and established artists showcasing paintings, ceramics, glass and jewellery for sale.

Things to do

Sculpture Park is a popular destination for many Farnham residents with its 650-plus modern and contemporary sculptures. Farnham Castle is an attractive landmark that hosts several events a year and is also available for hire. 

What’s not to like?

It’s hard to find a case against Farnham, especially as it’s one of the few towns left in Surrey to offer a slice of rural life. It’s possibly a bit too quiet for some. 

Who lives there?

Farnham has a population of just 39,000 and a median age of 36. 

Typical broadband speeds

The average broadband speed is 48mbps in Farnham, which is lower than the UK national average of 67mbps.

Crime rates

The overall crime rate in Farnham averages around 45 crimes per 1,000 people. 

Moving to Farnham

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Last Updated: April 13th, 2022

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