The House Restoration Exhibition

Our newly opened exhibition on the recently completed restoration of the main house is a fascinating detour for all visitors to the gardens

Our newly opened exhibition on the recently completed restoration of the main house is a fascinating detour for all visitors to the gardens this summer and is included in the price of entry. An illustrated timeline maps the many phases of development from the relatively modest Georgian property built in 1802 to the rambling, ivy clad gothic house seen today. The timeline charts its change of use from private dwelling to hotel, and finally its recent dramatic transformation into the historic house and home of our most celebrated poet. 

The evolution of the walled garden from working kitchen garden - a sheltered retreat so beloved of Tennyson - to the site of Fred Pontin’s eighteen bungalows is no less an extraordinary tale.

Discover the many phases of the work undertaken, from the demolition of the bungalows to the careful planning and stocking of beds, resulting in the magnificent award-winning garden enjoyed today.

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The House Restoration Exhibition

Our newly opened exhibition on the recently completed restoration of the main house is a fascinating detour for all visitors to the gardens…

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The House Restoration ExhibitionPosted: 22 Jun 2021

Coronavirus and Farringford March 2021

In light of government advice on COVID-19, we have decided that the house will be closed until further notice. The garden and grounds will re open on May 19th 2021. …

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Coronavirus and Farringford March 2021Posted: 20 Mar 2020

Inspired by Sappho

The iconic portrait of Sappho by Julia Margaret Cameron eerily reflects the famous portrait by George Frederick Watts of Tennyson, a copy of which hangs in Farringford’s Ante-Room…

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Inspired by SapphoPosted: 22 Sep 2018

First Visit to Farringford, Tennyson's Isle of Wight Home

My first visit to Farringford was like getting to know Tennyson personally. Tennyson’s desk, Tennyson’s clothes, Tennyson’s paintings and even his eating habits were vividly displayed…

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First Visit to Farringford, Tennyson's Isle of Wight HomePosted: 23 Aug 2018
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