Exploring Henley on Thames

Henley lies in a pretty valley at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills. The surrounding beech covered hillsides contain numerous idyllic English villages, rolling countryside, woodlands, pubs and country houses plus beautiful cycling and walking trails. Within 30 minutes’ drive are a number of pretty market towns and villages, all worth stopping to explore.

Henley also makes a great location for visits to busier tourist towns such as London, Windsor and Oxford.

Below are some suggestions for short excursions from Henley:

Greys Court – National Trust owned Tudor era mansion formerly the home of the Brunner family, it includes a 12th century tower.

  • 10 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Stonor House – Still privately owned by the Camoys family as it has been for over 850 years this is a beautiful country house and rolling park land with its own deer herd.

  • 10 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Nuffield Place – Time-capsule home of philanthropist and founder of the British motor car industry William Morris.

  • 10 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Ewelme – Nestled in rolling farmland the village of Ewelme contains beautiful medieval alms houses and an imposing Church containing one of the most interesting tombs you’ll ever see. The Church featured in the blockbuster film Les Miserables.

15 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Hambleden – One of the prettiest villages in England, used in numerous films and TV series.

  • 15 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Old Luxters Brewery & Winery – Set in woodland in the Hambleden Valley, take a brewery tour or sample liqueurs, wines and beers all made on site.

  • 15 minutes drive from Henley

Stoke Row – Pretty Chiltern’s village and home of the Maharajah’s Well gifted to Mr Edward Reede Lieutenant Governor of the Indian Northwestern Provinces in 1864 by the Maharajah of Benares.

  • 15 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Wallingford – Historic riverside country town dating from the Saxon era with interesting shops to explore.

  • 20 minutes’ drive from Henley.

Thame – Bustling market town and a centre for British agriculture, the historic high street contains many quirky shops, pubs and cafes.

  • 30 minutes’ drive from Henley.

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The Henley Popup

Henley Popup at BBI, Black Boy Lane, Hurley nr Henley on Thames, SL6 5NQ

Date(s): 10/07/2021 - 12/09/2021

Time:12:00 am - 12:00 am


Morris Dancing in Market Place

Market Place, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 27/07/2021

Time:08:00 pm


Henley Town and Visitors Regatta

Regatta Site, Remenham Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 3DA.

Date(s): 31/07/2021 - 31/07/2021

Time:08:00 am - 07:00 pm


Nettlebed Arts Society's annual Art and Craft Show 2021

Nettlebed Village School,

Date(s): 31/07/2021 - 01/08/2021

Time:10:00 am - 10:00 am


Danesfield House Hotel - National Garden Scheme Open Day 2021

Danesfield House Hotel, Henley Road, Medmenham nr Marlow, SL7 2EY

Date(s): 04/08/2021 - 04/08/2021

Time:10:30 am - 01:30 pm


Henley Royal Regatta 2021 - Postponed until August

Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames, RG9 3DB

Date(s): 10/08/2021 - 15/08/2021

Time:09:00 am - 07:00 pm


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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.