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Henley on Thames

Henley on Thames

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Winner of a Britain-in-Bloom Gold medal, this 13th century market town is one of the most beautiful towns in England.  Henley enjoys a wonderful stretch of river with delightful independent shops, brilliant pubs, numerous cafes and great restaurants, while throughout the summer it hosts internationally renowned sporting events and festivals.

The Henley Royal Regatta is the most famous in the world and a highlight of the sporting calendar. Thousands of visitors flock to the area over five days to be entertained by more than 200 races with Olympians among the participants. The regatta takes place normally early July. 

Henley is full of charming independent shops including our very own Boatique, where you can buy all sorts of boaty things including gifts and furnishings.

Henley-on-Thames, aka Causton, In Midsomer Murders, has appeared in numerous episodes. Fans of Detective Barnaby will recognise many of the filming locations within the town including Gabriel Machin’s butcher shop, Tudor House Antiques and the Argyll Public House.

Find out about Henley, Town of Festivals

Henley Town of Festivals

Henley has long been associated with festivals and regattas. Over the years new festivals have sprung up showcasing traditional links to the river, music and literature. There's plenty to choose from during the year including:

Henley Royal Regatta

The Henley Royal Regatta is the most famous in the world and a highlight of the sporting calendar. Thousands of visitors flock to the area over five days to be entertained by more than 200 races with Olympians among the participants. The regatta takes place from 28 June to 2 July 2017.

Thames Traditional Boat Festival

First held 37 years ago, it showcases trades and crafts of a bygone era, as well as providing a fun day out for all the family. Highlights include: Gloriana - Her Majesty's Royal Rowbarge, "Little Ships" of Dunkirk, Amphibians, Battle of Britain Memorial, Classic & Vintage cars, motorcycles and bikes, Punch & Judy, Pop-up Pub and even camping on site.

Self-Guided Walking Tours

An easy to follow, self guided walking tour is available to download or call into the Visitor Information Centre in the Town Hall and pick up a free copy.

Things to do in Henley

· The River & Rowing Museum, according to The Times one of the 50 best museum’s in the world

· Get on the river; hire a boat or go on a trip with Hobbs of Henley 

· Have a go at canoeing with a 1 or 2 day package from Henley Canoe Hire

· Walk the Thames Path National Trail from Marsh Lock to Hambleden Lock

· Participate in one of Henley’s numerous festivals; music, fringe, literary or Rewind

· Enjoy a pint at one of two pubs with their own micro-breweries (The Henley Brew House and The Bull on Bell Street)

· The Traditional Boat Festival takes place in July and makes for a fun-filled family day out.

Read the Daily Express 10 things to do in Henley-on-Thames
Read a blog post about a day in Henley

Explore the historic towns of Henley on Thames, Marlow, Cookham or Windsor and Eton in a fun-filled and challenging game – A Scavenger Challenge organised by Team Activity Group. Teams of up to six people are challenged to reach certain goals by performing various missions around the town. Find out more...

Henley on Thames restaurants and pubs

•The Giggling Squid, brilliant Thai
•Shaun Dickins at the Boat House, five star dining
•The Three Tuns, excellent pub grub

Find hotels in Henley on Thames including other accommodation such as bed and breakfast and self catering facilities.

What's Nearby

  1. Hobbs of Henley Ltd

    Hobbs of Henley Ltd

    Hobbs and Sons Ltd (now named Hobbs of Henley Ltd) was established in 1870 and has continued to...

    0.02 miles away
  2. Henley Sales & Charter, the River Thames

    Henley Sales & Charter Ltd.

    The Classic Boat Collection comprises of a range of stylish, iconic river launches operated by...

    0.09 miles away
  3. Midsomer by Boat with Hobbs of Henley

    Midsomer by Boat with Hobbs of Henley

    Explore Midsomer countryside from the river with Hobbs of Henley.

    0.1 miles away
  1. Bohun Gallery

    Bohun Gallery

    An art gallery specialising in contemporary and modern British art with between 8 and 10...

    0.11 miles away
  2. Boatique


    Boatique is a charming independent shop with the emphasis on nautical clothing, gifts and...

    0.12 miles away
  3. River & Rowing Museum

    River & Rowing Museum

    Our contemporary, award winning building is situated on the banks of the River Thames, a short walk...

    0.31 miles away
  4. Henley Town Centre

    Henley Town Centre

    Henley is a market town in Oxfordshire and can be found in the beautiful Thames Valley region along...

    0.41 miles away
  5. Fawley Court

    Fawley Court Historic House & Museum

    Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1684 as a family residence, set in park designed by...

    1.14 miles away
  6. Grey's Court

    Grey's Court Garden

    An intimate family home and peaceful estate set in the rolling hills of the Chilterns. This...

    2.48 miles away
  7. Hennerton Golf Club

    Hennerton Golf Club

    Former 9-hole course expanded to 18 holes in June 2006. PGA professional tuition, pro shop, society...

    2.75 miles away
  8. The Herb Farm and Saxon Maze.

    The Herb Farm and Saxon Maze

    Specialist herb nursery and plant display garden; cottage garden plants and old-style roses. Barn...

    3.6 miles away
  9. Stonor Study

    Stonor Park

    Close to Henley on Thames, Marlow and a stone’s throw from London, is the ancient home of the...

    4.43 miles away
  10. Boathouse

    Bisham Abbey Art Afloat - Art Cruises on the River Thames

    Imagine painting and sketching while cruising the beautiful River Thames on a vintage Dutch Barge....

    5.39 miles away
  11. Maharajah's Well at Stoke Row.

    Maharajahs Well

    A 25ft-high iron and gilt, Indian temple-style well with winding gear. Built in 1863 with gardens...

    5.46 miles away
  12. Thames & Kennet Marina

    Thames & Kennet Marina

    The Thames & Kennet Marina is based just outside Reading in a nature reserve and incorporates a...

    5.49 miles away
  13. The Sancerre, Calmer Cruising, River Thames

    Calmer Cruising

    A Luxurious Self-Drive Widebeam with the style of a Canal Boat.

    5.66 miles away
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Contact Details

Henley Visitor Information Centre
Henley Town Hall
Henley On Thames

Tel: +44 (0)1491 578034

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