Just a few miles down the river from Taplow lies the historic market town of Henley-on-Thames, famous for its regatta and rowing heritage. It’s a lovely place to shop, eat and merely meander, and there are also some great attractions to visit. Here are a few of our favourite days out and things to do in Henley-On-Thames.
Visit The River & Rowing Museum
If you are interested in the history of rowing, The River & Rowing Museum is one of the best places to see in Henley on Thames for you. This is a brilliant and welcoming museum on the banks of the River Thames. The River and Rowing Museum has a permanent display dedicated to the story of rowing and Henley’s signal role in this, the history of the town, and the work of artist John Piper. There’s a programme of temporary exhibitions and family-friendly events. The museum has a shop, cafe and (hurrah) free parking.
Take The Thames Path
If you aren’t sure what to do in Henley-on-Thames, there are always stunning walks to enjoy. The Thames Path follows the famous river for 184 miles. The walk starts in the Cotswolds and finishes in London, passing through many beautiful places, including Henley, on the way. One of the loveliest sections of the route is the 8.7 mile stretch between Henley and Marlow. It takes in Hambleton Lock and Hurley, before finishing in the pretty town of Marlow. If you don’t fancy retracing your footsteps, it’s about half an hour by bus back to Henley.
Or Ride On The River
Or, you could travel by water. Salters Steamers can take you between Henley and Marlow, so you could walk one way and boat back. If you re looking a more leisurely trip, Hobbs of Henley offer a range of river cruises. They also hire self-drive boats if you re feeling adventurous.
Get Out Your National Trust Card
There are plenty of National Trust properties close to Henley-on-Thames. Greys Court is a house, garden and estate three miles from Henley, with a lively, family-friendly events programme. Nuffield Place is a gorgeous Arts & Crafts house seven miles from the town. As you d expect from the home of Morris Motors Limited’s founder, there’s plenty to interest car enthusiasts. is a gorgeous Arts & Crafts house seven miles from the town. As you d expect from the home of Morris Motors Limited’s founder, there’s plenty to interest car enthusiasts.
Other National Trust properties near Henley include West Wycombe, Cliveden and Hughenden. If you’re looking for fresh country air and exercise, we recommend the beautiful Trust-managed Maidenhead Commons.