The River

There are many ways to enjoy the River Thames as it flows through one its most famous stretches at Henley. Get on the river with a scheduled trip, hire a boat yourself or even learn to row. If that’s too energetic relax in one of the parks with a picnic or stroll along the banks. Henley’s river can be enjoyed all year round.

Mill & Marsh Meadows

Henley’s Mill & Marsh Meadows are the formal and informal parks adjacent to the river upstream of Henley Bridge. It holds the prestigious Green Flag Award which recognises the best green spaces in the country, both spaces offer areas to relax alongside the river.

Mill Meadows has a café, summertime tourist information centre where deck chairs can be hired, putting green, children’s playground and recently refurbished public toilets. In the summer there are regular weekend concerts on the Bandstand while Marsh Meadows boasts new BBQ sites.

Limited car parking is available at Mill Meadows, the Station car park is a 2 minute walk.

Scheduled Public Cruises

Hobbs of Henley and Salters Steamers both run scheduled trips down the Regatta course and around Temple Island from their respective bases in Station Road and Mill Meadows throughout the summer months.

Cruising with Accommodation

A number of canal boats and barges offer on-board accommodation while cruising the upper Thames on short breaks or holidays, while self-hire cruisers are available a short distance from Henley. Hobbs of Henley has a selection of cruisers for weekly or weekend hire.

Messing About on the River Yourself

Hobbs have the largest fleet of powered day hire and rowing boats on the Thames or can offer skippered or chartered launches, as can HSC Boats if booked in advance.

Henley River Boats ( ) offers private skippered river cruises and self-drive boat hire from Henley-on-Thames. They offer easy online booking for parties of up to six people, which is proving very popular for birthdays, anniversaries, and hen-do's as well as for families and friends who simply want to enjoy time on the river.  Boats run from the River & Rowing Museum landing stage on Mill Meadows which is a great location with good parking and toilet facilities. They encourage people to bring picnic food and drink onboard and provide plates, glasses, and cutlery. Skippers are provided at no extra cost, or clients can choose to self-drive if they prefer. 

Small rowing boats are also available from Hobbs or plan in advance to rent a canoe from Henley Canoe Hire for a relaxed paddle. You can even learn how to row just like Henley’s athlete’s with expert tuition from the Henley Rowing Association. If you’re planning to swim don’t do so without advice from the local experts at the

Mooring in Henley

Temporary moorings are available in Henley at Mill Meadows on a first come first served basis. These are the moorings closest to the Town Centre and facilities. For more information and pricing, go to

Temporary moorings are also available downstream of Henley Bridge administered by SRB Moorings.



There are easy walks along the riverbank to Marsh Lock, Temple Island and Hambleden Lock.

More Information: Walking

River & Rowing Museum

Henley’s prestigious museum has a gallery devoted entirely to the geography, history and ecology of the river and can be found in Mill Meadows.

More Information: Museum

Further Information about the River Thames

Upcoming Events...

Henley Festival 2021

Regatta Site, Henley on Thames, RG9 3DA.

Date(s): 15/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

Time:06:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Fairmile Vineyard - Public Open Days

Fairmile Vineyard, Fairmile, Henley on Thames, RG9 2LA

Date(s): 18/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

Time:10:00 am - 05:00 pm

Heroes Return from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Market Place and Town Centre, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 18/09/2021 - 18/09/2021

Time:10:30 am - 01:00 pm

Henley Eco Business Fair

Henley Town Hall, Market Place ,Town Centre, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 22/09/2021 - 22/09/2021

Time:10:00 am - 03:00 pm

Henley Farmers Market

Market Place, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 23/09/2021 - 23/09/2021

Time:08:00 am - 02:00 pm

Learn Bridge in a Weekend

Date(s): 25/09/2021 - 26/09/2021

Time:10:30 am - 04:30 pm

Regular events...

Henley's Markets

The Farmers Market takes place in Henley Market Place the 2nd Saturday, 4th Thursday and 5th Sunday (if there be one) of the month.

Every Thursday the Charter Market can be found in the Market Place.