Just The Two of Us
Why not treat yourself on the River Thames?
The banks of the River Thames are home to some of the most luxurious spas, offering the ultimate pamper experiences for you and your loved one!
At the runnymede-on-thames hotel in Egham, discover indoor and outdoor swimming pools, whirlpool bath, saunas and eucalyptus steam room, dance studio, gym… and a phenomenal treatment range for endless pampering.
Stay at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, by the river, in Windsor and you will enjoy free access to the hotel’s extensive fitness facilities and spa. Its well-equipped gym extends over three floors or if chilling out is what you are looking for the Spa offers facials, massages and other spa treatments.
Or why not visit the Swan at Streatley's Venus Spa, offering many day and residential spa packages. All treatments can be combined with an overnight stay in this lovely hotel.
If luxury is what you’re both after, then look no further than magical riverside retreat, the Macdonald Compleat Angler. Nestled on the banks of the River Thames in Marlow, this award-winning hotel is the perfect spot for taking to the water – they even have their own private boats for hire! If food is your passion, you’ll be spoilt for choice here too – with two award winning restaurants offering fine dining in stunning surroundings. The brand new restaurant Sindu by Atul Kocchar and the two AA star Riverside Restaurant.
Discover heritage and culture
Along the banks of the River Thames lies a wealth of history and culture. Views of the Queen’s favourite royal residence can be seen from the River Thames in Windsor, where the walls of Windsor Castle can be seen high above the town.
Look round Abingdon Abbey with it’s Anglo-Saxon foundation of about 670AD or the 12th century Dorchester Abbey. Enjoy finding out more about the River Thames and its rowing heritage at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames or explore the works of artist, Stanley Spencer at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.
Go shopping along the River Thames
When it's gloomy outside why not spend a day out under one roof and enjoy loads of exciting shops and fantastic places to eat? From the Westgate Centre in Oxford to The Oracle in Reading and the Eden Walk in Kingston upon Thames, there is always a shopping centre close by.
If big shopping centres aren't your thing and you prefer a selection of individual boutiques and shops then visit the riverside towns of Abingdon, Henley-on-Thames or Marlow. Find out more on our Towns page.
Enjoy the great outdoors
Make the most of the stunning scenery along the River Thames with a waterside walk, followed with a drink in a cosy pub along the way. With the Thames Path National Trail following the River Thames along its entire course, there are plenty of places to explore – if you don’t know where to start take a look at our Walking section for lots of ideas.
For those with disabilities there are 12 short walks along the Thames Path specially designed to cater for wheelchairs or for those who have difficulty walking. Find out more in our Walks for All section. If fishing is your thing or you’d like to give it a go, the River Thames has something for everyone… Find out more in our Fishing pages.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
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...
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.
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...