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
Henley River Boats ( henleyriverboats.com ) 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 www.howsc.co.uk.
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 www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk/services/moorings.
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
Skyscape: The limitless art of the sky at River & Rowing Museum
River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, RG9 1BF
Date(s): 30/09/2021 - 16/01/2022
Time:10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Meditation at the Town Hall
Town Hall, Large Hall, Market Place in the Town Centre, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ
Date(s): 12/10/2021 - 28/06/2022
Time:12:15 pm - 01:30 pm
Henley Manor Christmas Fair
Henley Manor, Mill Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 4HD
Date(s): 03/12/2021 - 03/12/2021
Time:03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Hambleden Charity Christmas Bazaar
Hambleden, nr Henley on Thames, RG9 6RT
Date(s): 04/12/2021 - 04/12/2021
Time:10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Bavarian Winter Beer Festival - Leander Club
Leander Club, Henley on Thames, RG9 2LP
Pizza Night at the Farm Kitchen - Swiss Farm
Swiss Farm, Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 2HY
Date(s): 22/09/2021 - 31/12/2022
Time:05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
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.