Travel information to towns on the River Thames
The River Thames is easy to get to. It flows through some of
Major roads across the south-east will take you to the riverside towns.
See a map of the River Thames to explore some of the best accommodation and attractions available along its path.
Towns and Villages
Find out about the towns and villages along the River Thames. Key starting points for accessing the River Thames are Windsor, Henley, Marlow, Oxford and Reading.
Travel information to key locations:
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is just 30 miles west of London with Heathrow Airport just 12 miles away and Luton and Gatwick Airports within an hour's drive. The whole of the Royal Borough is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M3, M4, M25 and M40 and is well served by public transport. http://www.windsor.gov.uk/visitor-info/getting-here.
The town is only 30 miles from central London and a short drive from Windsor, Reading and Oxford. It is easily accessible from the M4, M40, A4130 and A4155. http://www.visit-henley.com/travel-parking.
The A4155 runs through Marlow town centre, and Marlow is close to the A404, M4 and M40. Travel by train to Marlow with First Great Western. The train service is known as the Marlow Donkey, which was the nickname given to the steam locomotives that once operated on the line.
The M40 and M4 + A34 provide easy access by car from London, leaving the M40 at Junction 8. The M40 links Birmingham to Oxford from the north, leaving at Junction 9. Parking in Oxford is limited so most day visitors take advantage of the Park and Ride system which was pioneered in Oxford. All five Park and Ride sites are clearly signposted from the Oxford Ring Road. They operate 7 days per week (excluding Sunday at Water Eaton). A frequent direct train service operates from London Paddington and Oxford (approx. every 30 minutes) and between Birmingham New Street. London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports: the Oxford Bus Company's Airline service operates 24/7. London Stansted and Luton airports are linked by the National Express 737 bus service. Car Hire firms and chauffeur services also provide a bespoke airport transfer service. Birmingham airport is within one and a half hour transfer by car and offers European, International and local routes.
Reading is one of the busiest interchanges on the national rail network and has direct routes to almost every part of the UK. Heathrow is just 25 minutes west on the M4 at off-peak times. There is a recommended Heathrow/Reading coach link which departs approx every 20 minutes from Reading Station. Services to Heathrow drop off at all terminals, but return journeys are from the central coach station. Find out more here: RailAir. Gatwick Airport is about an hour and a half by road (M4/M25) or use the regular stopping train service (departing every half hour at peak times). Southampton (Eastleigh) airport is about 1 hour (A33/M3).
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...