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Farringford

House in the Gothick style and home to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who occupied it until his death in 1892.

Bedbury Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle Of Wight, PO40 9PE

Farringford Estate on the Isle of Wight
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Farringford is a Grade 1 listed building that was the main residence of renowned Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson from 1853 until his death until in 1892.

Here he wrote some of his most famous works, including Maud and The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as entertaining eminent artists and intellectuals of the day.

The estate remained a family home until eventually becoming a hotel in 1945.

More than half a century later this dramatic Gothic house has been meticulously restored and redecorated in a late 19th-century style that reflects the Tennysons’ tastes, interests and lifestyle, featuring personal artefacts and original furniture.

It is now open to the public as a heritage attraction. The extensive grounds have also been restored to their authentic Tennyson-era condition, including an enchanting walled garden with a planting scheme based on contemporary descriptions and artistic depictions by the poet’s friends.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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House:
2 May – 28 September
Tour times: 10.15am, 12.30pm, 2.45pm
Tuesdays to Thursdays.

Garden:
4 April – 28 October
10.00am to 4.30pm – last admission 3.30pm
Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Please Note: We do not have a cafe or gift shop at Farringford. A limited selection of soft drinks are available from the Ticket Office.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

HOUSE TOURS

Adults: £13.50
Child (5-17 years): £6.00
Children under 5 go free

 

GARDENS ADMISSION

Adults: £4.00
Child (5-17 years): £2.00
Children under 5 go free

Group Visits

Groups may book tours. Please contact us for more information: 01983 752500 or contact@farringford.co.uk

Educational Visits

We can give guided tours of the house and grounds for classes of up to 30 students, accompanied by school staff. We have a dining area on site that would be suitable for students bringing packed lunches.

We can adapt our material to suit different age ranges and topics (i.e. Tennyson’s life and work, Gothic architecture, a Victorian Christmas etc.). Regrettably, we cannot accommodate coaches on-site, only minibuses.

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Getting here

Bedbury Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle Of Wight, PO40 9PE

The main visitor entrance is at ///nibbled.waters.shred.  What does this mean?

We are located in the village of Freshwater on the SW of the Isle of Wight. 0.8 miles from Freshwater Bay; 3 miles from the Needles on Alum Bay Old Road/Moons Hill; 3.5 miles from Yarmouth on A3054; 12 miles from Newport on The Middle Road.

Wightlink ferries run daily between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, Portsmouth and Ryde, and Lymington and Yarmouth. Red Funnel operates a car ferry and foot-passenger catamaran between Southampton and Cowes. Three bus services stop within a 10-15 minute walk of Farringford.

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