Visit Henley-on-Thames, a beautiful market town and home to Henley Royal Regatta, situated on a magnificent stretch of the River Thames in Oxfordshire. Only a short journey from London, and an even short journey from Oxford.

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Visit Henley-on-Thames

Nearest Airport:

  • Heathrow

Car journey time from London:

  • 1 hr 25 mins -  37 miles / 60 km

Recommended accommodation:

  • The Relais
  • The Hand and Flowers
  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

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Henley-on-Thames, home to the famous Henley Royal Regatta, is a beautiful market town in Oxfordshire and is situated along the River Thames.

Although Henley may be small, there is so much to see and do. From riverside cruises and classic car tours, drinking and dining at the wonderful selection of independent restaurants, cafes and bars, to pondering along the tow path beside the River.

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Stonor Park Manor House has the rare quality of exuding the warmth of a family home while giving you the feeling of being part of history as you step into the house. Home to Lord and Lady Camoys’ family for over 850 years, Stonor Park is one of the oldest family homes still lived in today - but it’s no museum.

A stroll through this house is a vivid walk through history. Highlights include the grand Gothic revival hall, atmospheric 17th century library and the dramatic long gallery opening on to beautiful Italianate gardens.

We can arrange wonderful private tour where you will be entertained by the stories of the American arm of the family through to those who were imprisoned in the Tower of London during the Reformation.

You can then make the most of the stunning parkland of the estate as you enjoy the amazing art of falconry, the sport of kings for generations. A delicious lunch can be hosted in the striking main dining room or offsite at one of our fabulous traditional pubs.

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As you set off you will sail under the Grade I listed Marlow Bridge designed by William Tierney-Clark before passing Marlow itself on your right. Take in the views of the beautiful private houses and open space of Higginson Park. Bisham Abbey, a Grade I listed manor house and home to a National Sports Centre within it’s grounds.

Continuing upstream past the village of Temple you will soon be at Temple Lock, You will then continue up through Temple Lock, passing the prestigious Harleyford Estate on your right before approaching Hurley Lock. A beautiful village nestled in the English countryside, Hurley is home to the world famous Peter Freebody boatyard – on a summers day you will likely see some of the most beautiful (and expensive!) boats on the river here.

Once up through Hurley Lock the long reach to Hambleden is ahead of you. Here the countryside is abundant, enjoy the peace before you reach Henley, home to the world-renowned Henley Regatta. Henley has an attractive waterfront with many moored boats and resident swans. Henley is a fine market town and the main street runs down to the River Thames. The famous Henley Regatta is held here and the River and Rowing Museum exhibits the worlds oldest rowing boats.

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Established in 1906, Phyllis Court is a private members club with hotel rooms on the River Thames in Henley. Phyllis Court has excellent facilities, superb cuisines and wines, relaxing riverside accommodation and friendly staff. It is the perfect setting to meet friends or colleagues, enjoy a wedding or a celebration and watch the Henley Regatta.

This elegant historic mansion is set in 18 acres of land with lawns sweeping down to the river. The newly refurbished Riverside Pavilion - a Grade II listed building - overlooks the world famous Henley Regatta course, is a unique wedding venue, and offers the very best in Regatta corporate hospitality with private boxes on the finish line. You do not have to be a member to enjoy lunch at Phyliss Court.

Enjoy a three course seasonal lunch or a traditional afternoon tea. The afternoon tea is served between 2pm and 6pm.

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Experience the world of classic cars and enjoy a spin through winding country roads of the beautiful English countryside. Imagine driving your favourite classic car through the glorious Chilterns and Cotswolds.

One of our favourite one day itineraries features exploring some our beautiful countryside village whilst enjoying the wind in your hair as you're chauffeured in a classic vintage car. You will follow a route designed to give you an overview of Oxford, famed for the Cotswolds and the Chiltern Hills. An architectural treat of medieval-timbered gable ends, Queen Anne windows, Regency stucco and a 15th century church with weather vane and clock awaits you.

The golden ball of St Laurence's church tower is West Wycombe's most visible landmark, but don't miss the Hellfire Caves below the church and the mausoleum to local knight Sir Francis Dashwood, who founded the Hellfire Club to practice black magic in the caves accompanied by his 18th century Cabinet colleagues. A versatile chap, Francis also found time to re-write the book of Common Prayer in modern English.

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