Historic sites in Aldershot and Farnborough

Aldershot and Farnborough have a wealth of historic sites.

With their military, Victorian and aviation heritages, Aldershot and Farnborough offer a wide selection of historic sites, including the following:

Duke of Wellington Statue

The impressive 40-ton statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo, was originally erected at Hyde Park Corner, London. It was moved to its current site in Aldershot in1885.

Aldershot observatory

The telescope and observatory building were a gift from aviation pioneer Patrick Young Alexander to the British Army in 1906.

St Michael's Abbey

St Michael's Abbey was founded in 1881 by the Empress Eugénie as a mausoleum for her late husband Napoleon III, Emperor of France. It is now a contemplative monastery of monks of the Benedictine order.

Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 7NQ
01252 546105

Heroes' Shrine, Manor Park

The Heroes' Shrine is Aldershot's national memorial to those people who died in the civilian bombing during the Battle of Britain. It contains masonry from bombed cities including Coventry cathedral.

High Street, Aldershot, GU11 4JU

IQ Farnborough - former Royal Aircraft Establishment wind tunnels and hanger

Three listed wind tunnels, the former weapons testing building and a refurbished air ship hanger sit at the heart of the modern day airfield business park (limited access). For details, see the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust - wind tunnels at Farnborough Business Park web page.

Farnborough Centrifuge

Opened in 1955, the Farnborough centrifuge was the first machine in Britain able to test humans under the effects of high-G without exposing them to the potentially fatal risk of actual flight. Working with the owner, Raintree Developments Ltd, Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) offer guided tours of this unique facility, not normally open to the general public.

For details, see the Farnborough Centrifuge website. 

FAST, 85 Farnborough Road, Farnborough, GU14 6TF

Prince Consort's Library

The military specialist Library of the Army Library and Information Service. It specialises in providing information on current military topics and international politics in support of operations, intelligence, training and education by the British Armed Forces. This is achieved by the extensive use of online information, military articles and a wide range of military books. The Prince Consort's Library also regularly host talks by military authors.

Knollys Road, Aldershot, GU11 1PT
01252 349381

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