Henley on Thames Travel Guide

  • Stone circle in the grounds
    Stone circle in the grounds
    by SallyM
  • Stonor Park from gardens
    Stonor Park from gardens
    by SallyM
  • Stonor Park
    Stonor Park
    by SallyM

Henley on Thames Highlights

  • Pro
    SallyM profile photo

    SallyM says…

     Picturesque town 

  • Con
    SallyM profile photo

    SallyM says…

     Crowded and pricey during the Regatta 

  • In a nutshell
    grayfo profile photo

    grayfo says…

     The Henley Royal Regatta 

Henley on Thames Things to Do

  • Nuffield Place

    Nuffield Place is the former home of William Morris (not the Arts and Crafts one, but the founder of Morris Motors, later Lord Nuffield) who lived here from 1933 until his death in 1963. The house contains Lord and Lady Nuffield's personal possessions, just as they left them. Lord Nuffield was one of the richest men in the world at the time, but...

    more
  • Stonor Park

    Stonor Park is one of the oldest manor houses in England. Home of Lord and Lady Camoys, the estate has been in the hands of the same family for 850 years. The family's Catholic faith is very clearly evident, most notably in the room occupied by St. Edmund Campion, Jesuit and martyr, and his companions in the 1580s. They were given refuge in the...

    more
  • Lovely Beer at Lovibonds Brewery

    We moved to Henley-on-Thames in 2007, but it was a whole year and a half before we discovered Lovibonds. They had a stall at the annual Christmas fair in the town square - we had never tried craft beer before, but after a few tasters, we bought a mini keg of Henley Gold! Lovibonds is actually based in the Town Centre, and Lovibonds Tasting Room has...

    more
  • St Mary's Church

    St Mary's Church earliest recorded priest was Aumericus de Harcourt in 1204 although the first reference to the actual building is a charter of 1272 for repairs. The church was enlarged and remodelled in the 15th century and again in the 19th century and the tower was built in the 16th century. Further renovations were carried out in 1852-56...

    more
  • Henley Bridge

    The Henley Bridge is a five-elliptical-arched stone road bridge that was built in 1786 and crosses the Thames on the between Hambledon Lock and Marsh Lock. The bridge stopped taking tolls in 1873.May 2011

    more
  • Town hall

    The Town Hall is a Grade 2* Listed Building and was built in 1901 and replaced the old town hall that was taken down in 1898 and re-erected on Crazies Hill as a private home.email enquiries@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk May 2011

    more
  • Wind in the Willows

    This special gallery at the River and Rowing Museum (see separate tip) contains a series of models of scenes from Kenneth Grahame's famous children's book, 'The Wind in the Willows', based on E H Sheppard's illustrations of Ratty, Mole, Badger and friends. They are mostly static displays, so you really need the audio guide to bring them to life,...

    more
  • River and Rowing Museum

    Recently, Henley-on-Thames has been most notable for the exploits of its blond Tory MPs, but the quiet Oxfordshire town has another, more enduring, claim to fame - its association with the sport of rowing.The River and Rowing Museum is a relatively new museum which celebrates this association. There are three main galleries, dealing respectively...

    more
  • Riverside walks

    My favorite thing was the riverside walks by the River Thames. Beautiful sceneries, cute little ducks and swans, peaceful atmosphere.

    more

Henley on Thames Hotels

Henley on Thames Restaurants

  • Henley Bar & Grill

    After having no success finding a nice pub by the river to have our lunch in, we were getting pretty hungry and when we came across the Henley Bar & Grill decided to give it a try. It is located in a 17th century building, but the restaurant area looked as though it had been recently renovated. It was bright and modern, but I found the décor a bit...

    more
  • French with a Moroccan twist

    Brasserie Chez Gerard is part of a chain of French restaurants (with influences from the cuisine of other countries with historic links to France, such as Morocco). It is open all day, from breakfast to dinner. The Henley branch has a pleasant outdoor dining area in a courtyard at the back.I had lunch there - they do a lunch time special of 2...

    more
  • The Crown Inn - in Pishill, 6 miles from...

    When family wanted to join us for lunch somewhere quaint in the Oxfordshire countryside, I remembered a great review I had read and suggested we meet at the Crown Inn. This gorgeous coaching inn was the perfect place to impress the Aussie relatives - a tranquil setting and 400 years of history.It is located in the small village of Pishill, 6 miles...

    more
  • Good old-style Italian

    The Villa Marina is right by the river in the centre of town. On Sundays, they do a very good 3-course lunch for £15.50 per head. I would describe it as an old-style Italian restaurant. It even has a sweet trolley. Starters include soup of the day (minestrone when we visited), king prawns, ravioli, goats cheese salad. Main courses included...

    more
  • Having a Friday night "Indian"

    It is quite a small, but busy restaurant. It appears to be a family run restaurant and during my visit I noted 7 people behind a very small bar. There were a number of children in the bar all from the same family it appeared. Chicken Tikka Sizzler as a starter, Chicken byriani and a nan bread.

    more
  • The perfect English pub?

    If you're looking for the perfect English pub, this may well be it. Set in the perfect surroundings of this beautiful village, its beams and low ceilings are the perfect backdrop to an English meal washed down by a pint of Gales finest. This is probably serious wine-drinking territory though, and the wine cellar will be suitably extensive.Pricey...

    more

Henley on Thames Nightlife

  • sannaeh's Profile Photo

    by sannaeh Written Jan 2, 2005

    This hotel/restauran/bar was opened right after I moved to Henley to work. I was working in another hotel in town and we always used to go to this place in the evenings to eat and for drinks. One of the few places in Henley with reasonable prices.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Henley on Thames Transportation

  • Cruise the River

    Whilst in Henley a river trip is a must with the boats operating on the Regatta waters between Marsh Lock and Hambleden Lock. The trips generally last about 60 minutes and are accompanied by a pre-recorded commentary.The photo shows the New Orleans which is the largest Passenger vessel on the Upper Thames and is a scaled down version of a...

    more
  • Getting there by train

    Henley is at the end of a branch line from Twyford. Trains to Twyford from London (Paddington) and Reading, then connection. At weekends, trains run once an hour directly from Reading. There are extra trains in Regatta week if you're a glutton for punishment!

    more
  • Henley on Thames Hotels

    4 Hotels in Henley on Thames

    382 Reviews and Opinions

Henley on Thames Local Customs

  • July - Henley Festival

    For the last 25 years the Henley Festival has been bringing five nights of music including classical, rock, pop, jazz, opera and folk to the banks of the Thames at the same spot and using adapted facilities from the regatta. The main stage actually floats on the river and the audience use one of the grandstands. Along with cabaret, street theatre,...

    more
  • June/July – The Henley Royal Regatta

    Henley Regatta was first staged in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. It was expanded in 1840 from one day to two, as the regatta's popularity has grown it has further expanded: to three days in 1886, four days in 1906 and five days in 1986. Races are head-to-head knock out competitions, raced over a...

    more
  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about Henley on Thames? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers

Henley on Thames Favorites

  • grayfo's Profile Photo
    Map showing Henley (Lower right) - 1833

    by grayfo Updated Jun 7, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: Henley-on-Thames owes its existence to King Henry II, there are early records showing a medieval settlement that date back to 1179 and record that King Henry II "had bought land for the making of buildings". The traditional weekly Thursday market in the centre of the town dates back to a charter from King John in the late thirteenth century. Henley also suffered at the hands of both sides in the English Civil War and briefly acted as a resting place for William III in 1668 as he made his way to London.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Instant Answers: Henley on Thames

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

102 travelers online now

Comments

Map of Henley on Thames

View all Henley on Thames hotels