Type: Towns & Villages
Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames, set amongst the rich meadows of the river valley and alongside the woodlands of the Chiltern Hills.
The vibrant Georgian market town is made up of historic streets and an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros all adding to the town’s unique charm.
The towns most famous landmark is the suspension bridge which spans the River Thames and joins the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
The bridge was designed by William Tierney Clark and first opened in 1832. Marlow has always been known as a fashionable riverside resort and attracted many famous people to the area.
Residents of the town have included Thomas Love Peacock, Jerome K. Jerome, T.S. Eliot and Mary Shelley who finished her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while living in the town.
Marlow is also home to one of Britain’s most premier rowing clubs which has produced many Olympic oarsmen including Sir Steve Redgrave whose statue stands in Higginson Park.
Things to Do in Marlow
Dine at The Hand & Flowers, the first gastropub to hold two Michelin stars, located on West Street. Choose one of the award-winning beers brewed locally in Marlow Bottom by the Rebellion Beer Company
Enjoy a tour of the Rebellion Brewery on the first Tuesday night of the month
Take a boat trip with Salters Steamers to Henley or Windsor or enjoy a 40 minute return cruise to Temple Lock.
Take a walk in the award winning Higginson Park. Set in 23 acres of lawn beside the River Thames and Thames Path the park has a great facilities for all the family to enjoy including a large playground, cafes, skate park, a brick in grass maze, mini golf (summer holidays only) and boat hire.
Walk the Thames Path from Higginson Park upstream to Temple or Hurley lock or downstream to Cookham or Bourne End.
Explore the wildlife and World War One training trenches at Marlow Common.
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...
Explore the prosperous shops, restaurants and bistros. Marlow and the river provide a great day out.
Accommodation & Dining
Stay at this 17th century 4 star Macdonald Compleat Angler hotel where most of the rooms have lovely views of the river or the cascading Marlow Weir.
There are plenty of dining options; as well as the Lounge and Walton Bar, the Macdonald Compleat Angler has an award winning restaurant, The Riverside Restaurant and Sindhu by Atul Kochhar is the latest venture by the Michelin-starred chef and will offer diners the very best of traditional Indian cuisine in a contemporary manner.
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