Days Out & Things To Do In Marlow, Buckinghamshire
There are so many lovely old towns near Taplow, and Marlow is one of our favourites. It’s in a beautiful location between the Thames and the wooded Chiltern Hills, with wonderful waterside walks and attractive shopping streets. It’s also a great place for a bite to eat, with a choice of renowned pubs and restaurants.
It only takes around 20 minutes to drive from Taplow to Marlow – and here are a few of the best things to do in Marlow Buckinghamshire.
Eat And Drink
One of the most popular things to do in Marlow is enjoying great food. It has become a foodie destination, with three Tom Kerridge pubs serving the best British food. There’s wonderful choice of cosy inns, elegant Georgian establishments and inviting riverside pubs, or pick up a pork pie from The Butcher’s Tap. The Two Brewers is an iconic watering hole in St Peter’s Street, where Jerome K Jerome settled himself to pen part of Three Men in a Boat.
Stroll By The River
Marlow is a lovely place for a riverside walk (not least because of its waterside inns!). You can pick up the Thames Path at Marlow. This is a 184-mile route that starts in the Cotswolds and finishes in the centre of London. One of our favourite stretches of the Thames Path is the 8.7 mile stretch that takes you from Marlow to Henley-on-Thames. It passes through the pretty village of Hurley and beautiful Hambleton Lock. You can get a bus back to Marlow from Henley, which takes about half an hour. There are plenty of great walks in Marlow to enjoy.
Take A Trip On The Thames
Or, you can arrive in Henley via the Thames itself. Salters Steamers has a landing stage at Marlow, and you can take a trip along the river to Henley-on-Thames. The trip along the Thames from Marlow to Windsor is especially lovely, taking in the National Trust Cliveden estate and Brunel’s bridge at Maidenhead. The river is also the setting for June’s annual regatta: find out more in our guide to annual events around Marlow.
Learn More About Marlow
Volunteer-run Marlow Museum opened in 2009, and is a great introduction to Marlow’s long history. Admission to this modest but fascinating museum is free, although opening times are quite limited: check before you set out. The museum is next to Higginson Park, a lovely green space which has plenty of places to walk and sit, a playground, handy loos – and a statue of Sir Steve Redgrave.
Browse Marlow’s Shops
If you aren't sure on what to do in Marlow, Marlow’s High Street and central shopping area has a mix of higher-end chain stores and independent shops that you can spend a day shopping in. It’s especially good for women’s clothes shopping and gift shops. An aside: if you’re browsing along West Street, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein here, and T.S. Eliot was a resident during WWI.
Marlow: Good To Know
Marlow is 8.5 miles from Taplow, which takes around 20 minutes on the A404.
There are several car parks in Marlow. Most are long stay (up to 12 hours), except for Marlow Central, which is six.
A typical train trip takes 40 minutes, and you’ll need to change at Maidenhead. Still, it’s a good option if you fancy taking in Marlow’s lovely riverside inns…
Marlow is the perfect place for a relaxing day out by the Thames, whether you’re strolling by the river or sampling the local cuisine. If you’d like to know more about what’s on in and around Marlow, just ask us at Taplow House. We’ve got lots of local knowledge to share with you - including the best things to do in Marlow!