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Farnborough Area Guide

Farnborough QI Business Park. Image courtesy of Flickr user Clive Darra

Farnborough is in the district of Rushmore in the county of Hampshire and is tucked away in the Blackwater Valley, a prosperous sub-region which also covers parts of Surrey and Berkshire. Until the mid-19th century much of the area was heathland and rough common, surrounded by a small number of settlements and isolated farmsteads. Over the years Farnborough has incorporated several sizeable villages as it has expanded, and these days it is one of a thriving cluster of towns that form part of the M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The town is notable for its connections to the aviation industry. The Air Accidents Branch, aerodrome and Farnborough International Airshow are all located on the former Royal Air Establishment site. Largely considered to be economically strong, major employers in Farnborough include Nokia, Siemens and the defence contractor QinetiQ.

Farnborough is undergoing a phase of rapid expansion and regeneration with housing, business facilities and much of the town centre benefiting from more than £400 million worth of investment. There is a proposal to extend the airport and the railway station has recently been upgraded with a new bridge and improved parking/drop off points. Architecture in the area takes in Edwardian and Victorian influences as well as modern urban developments against the backdrop of a distinctive rough heath landscape.


There are 57,000 people living in Farnborough with the AB demographic group representing 32% of the population. Within Farnborough's travel to work area, only 1.8% of the working population is unemployed compared to a national average of 5.35%.

77% of people in Farnborough own their own homes and the average sale price of a detached property in the area is £330,760.


At present there are 17 infant, junior and primary schools in the town offering a mix of religious and non-denominational education.

Secondary schools in Farnborough include The Wavell State High School which is a specialist technology college, Cove School and Fernhill School and Language College, all of which offer comprehensive provision for children aged 11 years to 16 years.

There are two independent secondary schools in the town. Farnborough Hill School for Girls offers private education for 11 to 18 year olds. Salesian College is a Catholic private school for boys aged 11 to 16 years and offers a coeducational sixth form.

Further education is available at Sixth Form College Farnborough, one of the top performing sixth forms in the country, and Farnborough College of Technology which has a strong vocational offering as we as degree level courses via the University of Surrey. The University for the Creative Arts also has a campus in Farnborough.


The town is ideally situated for the London commuter belt with access to the M3 for London West and Southampton. The A30 runs almost parallel to the M3 and the nearby A325 connects Farnborough to Farnham via Aldershot. The A331/A31 connects Camberley to Guildford and Bracknell can be reached via the A3095.

Farnborough Main Station offers services direct to London Waterloo every 15 minutes during peak times. Routes also extend to Woking, Fleet, Basingstoke and Portsmouth. Farnborough North station serves Reading, Guildford, Redhill and Gatwick Airport.

Bus travel is widely available within Farnborough and out to the surrounding towns and villages.

The Farnborough Airport is a business/regional airport that serves mostly UK and European destinations, and both London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports are easily accessible.

Amenities and Shopping

Shopping in Farnborough currently offers a wide range of town centre retail outlets and two indoor shopping malls. A new cinema complex and restaurants are currently in development at the Kingsmead Centre and an expansion to the Princes Mead Shopping Centre is also proposed. The facilities around the Queensmead outdoor shopping centre are also expected to undergo a facelift. The town has a pedestrianised high street which features a range of independent stores, town centre supermarkets and a weekly market. Out of town shopping is available at the Farnborough Gate retail complex.

A range of recreational facilities are accessible at Farnborough Leisure Centre including an indoor swimming pool, ten pin bowling and large gymnasium.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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