AN ECCENTRIC Oxfordshire landmark is set to open its doors to the general public for 14 days in spring.

History buffs enthused to see the 100ft Folly Tower in Faringdon described as 'rural England's best kept secret' can visit from April to October on the first and third Sunday of each month.

Designed by Lord Gerald Wellesley, later seventh Duke of Wellington, the unconventional 100ft design is the town's icon and the last major folly to be built in England.

It sits on Folly Hill, from which you can see panoramic views of at least five counties – Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire – and four acres of woodland filled with Scots pines aged 200 years and more.

The iconic architectural wonder is the second most popular place to visit in Faringdon according to online rating platform Tripadvisor.

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Its most recent review dated earlier in February said: "This is just one of my favourite places.

"So much effort is made by volunteers to add to the already beautiful setting.

"It is a wonderful place to take children who can safely run through the wooded areas and search for the hidden crows in the trees. The majestic Folly Tower is just stunning."

The woodland is always open and entry is free, while the tower is available for private bookings.

Tickets for adults cost £3 and £1 for those aged 11 to 16 years.

To find out more information about opening times and to buy tickets visit