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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. Discover the variety of the River Thames in the Spring. Enjoy a short break or day out along the River Thames, 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 Trail

Take 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 2017. 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…

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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Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake

Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake

Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake takes place on the 17th June 2017

Hobbs of Henley Traditional Jazz Cruise

Hobbs of Henley Traditional Jazz Cruise

The Jazz cruises feature live traditional jazz during a three hour cruise where the cash bar is...

Cookham Regatta

Cookham Regatta

The Cookham Regatta is an annual fun event for families, friends and organisations alike....

Thames Path Challenge

Thames Path Challenge

Across the weekend of 9/10th September 2017, over 4,000 challengers will take on the Thames Path...

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Salter Steamers Ltd - Reading

Salter Steamers Reading

We are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years (est. 1858).As one of the longest...