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Brick viaduct with grass, hedge row and a river in the foregroundAbout Fareham

Situated on the stunning Solent coastline, the Borough of Fareham covers an area of nearly 30 square miles and has an estimated population of 114,500. Travel links are excellent. The M27 motorway gives easy access to Southampton and Portsmouth, and from there to London via the M3 and A3(M). You'll find regular fast train services to the above, and Southampton and Bournemouth airports are also within easy reach.

Fareham's origins date back to a small settlement that was developed before Roman times around a crossing point of the River Wallington. The Romans arrived in the area around 43AD and built a large fortress at Portchester to defend Portsmouth Harbour. You can visit its stunning ruins today and experience the wonderful views across to the Isle of Wight.

For many centuries the town was a flourishing seaport, but by the start of the 20th century it had established itself as a major market town. Later, in the 1960s, it experienced a huge amount of development – housing many people who were looking to move away from the traditional urban centres of Portsmouth and Southampton. Today, it has become increasingly popular as a place to live, with varied housing and plentiful open space. A great lifestyle with all types of housing and good schools, Fareham has all the facilities and natural attractions that make living and working in the area a real pleasure.

Welborne Garden Village

With a planned major new development to the north of Fareham, Welborne Garden Village will form a distinct new community providing up to 6,000 homes, workplaces, schools, open spaces, shops and local community services. 


Additionally, as the largest employment site in the area, Daedalus is well on its way to becoming the premier location for engineering and advanced manufacturing businesses in the South, particularly for the aviation and aerospace  sectors. Comprising Solent Airport, Faraday and Swordfish Business Parks and the Fareham Innovation Centre, Daedalus is an environment where organisations can prosper by being part of a like-minded business community. 

Fareham Live

Fareham will also be opening an exciting new entertainment venue in Spring 2024. Fareham Live will be a vibrant arts and entertainment location and will be part of the first phase of Fareham's regeneration in the town centre.

Other Areas of Fareham to Enjoy

If you fancy getting away from it all, the area has plenty to tempt you. Try a leisurely stroll in the nearby Forest of Bere or Holly Hill Woodland Park, experience the sea views from Hill Head to Lee-on-the-Solent or watch the wildlife at the Brownwich and Chilling nature reserve. A number of beautiful villages are also tucked away. Warsash – famed as a sailing centre – features a wonderful collection of quaint streets and waterside inns. The streets of Titchfield contain many historic buildings dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries grouped around a large square, and the ruins of its famous Abbey to the north of the village date back to 1232. Meanwhile, you can admire the quintessential village green at Sarisbury, complete with cricket pitch. One other location of note is Swanwick, which is home to the NATS Air Traffic Control Centre. The largest purpose-built centre of its type in the world, it handles over two million flights per year carrying more than 220 million passengers.

With plenty to enjoy, Fareham offers a great mix of modern attractions and an important historical architectural background.

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