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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Upcoming Events...

The Henley Literary Festival 2020

Online, at home!,

Date(s): 03/09/2020 - 22/10/2020

Time:10:30 am - 09:30 pm

Art of the Wild: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World

River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, RG9 1BF

Date(s): 10/09/2020 - 11/10/2020

Time:10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Chiltern 50 Challenge

Henley Showground, Marlow Road, Nr Henley on Thames, RG9 3AP

Date(s): 26/09/2020 - 27/09/2020

Time:06:45 am - 08:00 pm

Fairmile Vineyard - Public Open Days

Fairmile Vineyard, Henley on Thames, RG9 2LA

Date(s): 03/10/2020 - 04/10/2020

Time:10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Vivaldi Four Seasons Reimagined: Fenella Humphreys & Friends

St Mary’s Church, Hart Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AU

Date(s): 05/10/2020

Time:06:00 pm

Henley Farmers Market

Market Place, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 10/10/2020 - 10/10/2020

Time:08:00 am - 02:00 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.