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Mini guide to Farnborough


Situated to the southwest of London, Farnborough is the home of Royal Aerospace, Britain's prime aeronautical research centre, and the excellent biennial Farnborough International Air Show. The town has a number of other notable attractions and buildings and there are some interesting sights nearby.

The Farnborough Air Show opened its doors in 1948 and every two years aircraft from around the world put on masterful displays in the skies above the city, a spectacle enjoyed by thousands of enthusiasts. The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum has an impressive collection of exhibits and showcases Farnborough's brilliant aviation heritage.

The town is not much to look at, but it does have a few notable attractions including the magnificent 19th century Benedictine St Michael's Abbey, which was built by the Empress Eugénie (Napoleon III's wife); he and his wife, together with their son, are buried in the abbey crypt. The Wellington Monument is also worth a visit and for unrivalled views head for the convent school of Farnborough Hill, the highest point in the town.

Farnborough Leisure Centre is huge and loaded with facilities that provide a wide range of activities for rainy days, while the town has plenty of fast food outlets and international restaurants as well as many bars and pubs.

Parts of the countryside surrounding Farnborough have been revitalised including the reclaimed Basingstoke Canal, a haven for wildlife; the cleaned up Blackwater River; and Hog's Back escarpment, part of the North Downs. Nearby lies Guildford with its numerous old buildings, while Basingstoke will please shoppers and London is also within easy reach.

Farnborough can be reached by heading southwest out of London on the M3 motorway and taking the exit at junction 4. Several trains an hour run from the capital into the centre of the city, while two National Express coaches run from Heathrow International Airport to Farnborough daily; one is direct and the other goes via Victoria Station in London. Heathrow and Gatwick international airports are the nearest air terminals.

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