The arrival of the railway to Farnham in 1848, along with the designation of neighbouring town, Aldershot, as Home of the British Army in 1854, saw the market town grow into one of the country's early commuter towns. Nowadays, while it's still an important commuter hub, visitors come to this town on the Surrey/Hampshire border for all manner of attractions, including a thriving arts scene and a wealth of independent shops, some of which have been in business since the 19th century.
Trains from Farnham take just an hour direct to London Waterloo and Guildford, via Aldershot, which is under half an hour away. The town centre is about 10 minutes' walk from the train station or a short ride by bus from directly outside. Looking a little further afield, you'll find the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Downs Way long-distance footpath starts here.