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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. Also make sure you take part in this months competition where you can win a family high speed Jetboat Ride on the Thames in London and a trip to The Houses of Parliament.

Now it’s summer, enjoy a walk along the Thames Path National Trail, or choose a circular walk that starts from the river bank. Stop off at one of the great riverside pubs and hotels along the way, and refresh yourself with a drink or sample locally sourced meals.

Thames Path National TrailTake to the water on a pleasure cruise along the Thames and see the sights, trips are available from London, Runnymede, Windsor, Reading, Henley and Oxford. Read more about Boat trips on the Thames and choose from Wildlife cruises, comedy nights, Sundowner cruises and many more.

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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