Things to do in and around Henley

Things to do in Henley

Why not stay a few more days and enjoy everything Henley has to offer.

Henley on Thames is located some 35 miles (55 km) to the west of London, close to the M4 and M40.  A 30 minute drive from  Heathrow airport and about 1 hour from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports.  Regular trains run to London (45mins), Oxford (40mins) and Reading (20mins).


Henley is one of the most beautiful towns in England with a stunning riverside location surrounded by a Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields.  If you’re hungry or thirsty the paved market place offers a number of cafes offering outside seating. The compact town centre hosts numerous locally run tea shops and cafes plus well known restaurants and wonderful pubs, some of whom brew their own ale. Further afield there are award winning restaurants and pubs in many of the surrounding villages.

Walking & History Tour of Henley

Henley is easy to walk around, to discover the history of the town's buildings a self-guided tour is a simple option. 

Get on the River

The River Thames is part of the longest river system in England, it has 45 locks, is home to over 25 species of fish, boasts three areas of outstanding natural beauty and it’s the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow its entire length.  It is at its most elegant as it flows under Henley's beautiful 18th century stone bridge. To enjoy it in all its glory with its backdrop of the Chiltern Hills and teeming bird life, join one of the regular summer public cruises offered by Hobbs of Henley or Salters Steamers, or pilot yourself in a small motor or rowing boat also from Hobbs of Henley.

Acknowledged by The Times as one of the best 50 museums in the world it includes an immersive Wind in the Willows experience (much loved by children of all ages). In the award winning building by architect Sir David Chipperfield there are also fascinating displays about the river, the town of Henley and the sport of rowing, alongside special exhibitions and a fabulous café.

Indulge in an Afternoon Tea

Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with stacked plates of sandwiches and cakes at Upstairs & Downstairs in Duke Street. Or if you are after a river view while you indulge try the Chocolate Café on Riverside where it’s hard to resist the temptation of homemade cakes and chocolates.

Follow in the footsteps of Midsomer’s Inspector Barnaby

The long running TV series Midsomer Murders has used Henley on numerous occasions as a film location. It’s easy to visit the locations used for filming with the help of the Midsomer walking trail and if you’re lucky you’ll end up pouring a pint in The Argyll where Inspector Barnaby has a plaque at the bar.

... and a little further afield

Greys Court,  Nuffield Place (National Trust properties) & Stonor Park 

Windsor   17 Miles / approx 30 minutes by car  

Oxford     24 Miles / approx 40 minutes by car 

London    34 miles / approx 75 minutes by car