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The Royal River Thames, from the Cotswolds to London

Welcome to the essential guide to places to visit, things to do, accommodation and events along the Royal River Thames, providing great experiences, stretching from Lechlade in Gloucestershire, through London with its iconic views and out to the sea. Read our Five Summer Outings By The River Thames to enjoy a short break or day out along the River Thames.

As we move into Spring, there’s no better way than to enjoy a walk along the River Thames or one of the many walks that start from the Thames and warm up in one of the cosy pubs and hotels along the way. Choose from one of twelve Walks for All.

Take to the water on a pleasure cruise along the Thames. The season starts at Easter, although City Cruises and Thames River Services in London and French Brothers in Windsor are operating a daily service now. Read more about Boat trips on the Thames.

Looking for something more active? Try kayaking or canoeing, or why not have a go at punting? Or for something a little easier what about a rowing boat or a self-drive cruiser.  You can hire the boats by the hour, half day or day from various locations from Oxford to London. Read more about hiring a boat here.

Why not plan your escape for a short break or week’s boating holiday along the Thames in 2016. There’s some lovely riverside hotels on the website or explore the river on one of the wide variety of boating holidays  on offer

Are you thinking about buying your own boat?  Henley Boat Club 'Membership Boating'  is the easy way to take to the river it gives you freedom to enjoy a choice of boats with none of the cost or hassle of ownership. Our ‘Owning a boat on the River Thames’  section has useful information including a guide to buying a pre-owned boat which will help you through the process.


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Thames Path Baton Relay

Thames Path Baton Relay

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Thames Path

Rewind Festival

Rewind Festival River Taxis

Hobbs of Henley are proud to be appointed river taxi providers to the rewind festival once again in...

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Windsor Championship Dog Show

Enjoy a Summer's day out under the ramparts of Windsor Castle, on the banks of the River Thames at...

Totally Thames

Totally Thames

Totally Thames is an exciting month-long celebration of London’s river featuring arts, music and...

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Thames Path National Trail

Thames Path National Trail

The Thames Path National Trail is a wonderful way to explore the River Thames. This long distance walking route starts at the source of the river in...