The town boasts a fantastic selection of primary and secondary schools, including Faringdon Infants & Junior School and Faringdon Community College. In the surrounding villages, there’s a choice of good primary schools, along with St Hugh’s Prep School in Carswell and Pinewood School in nearby Shrivenham. This makes the area a very popular choice for people with young families.
Faringdon offers a good range of shops, with three supermarkets on the outskirts of town, and many well supported independent shops, cafes and restaurants in the centre. Floyds Grill, Las Chicas, The Bell, The Narrows and the Gin to my Tonic bar are all well-loved, the latter also hosts a gin festival at nearby Sudbury House Hotel. The town also hosts weekly markets that take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays.