Download GPX file for this article
51.536-0.898Full screen dynamic map

From Wikivoyage
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Henley-on-Thames, home of the Royal Regatta

Henley-on-Thames is a town on the River Thames in South Oxfordshire, England. Henley is perhaps most famous as the home of the well-known international rowing tournament, the Henley Royal Regatta, held each year in late June and early July.

(NB: Henley-on-Thames should not be confused with Henley-in-Arden.)

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

1 Henley station is the terminus of a railway branch line that joins the main Reading to London line at Twyford; however most branch line trains continue on to Reading. There are also direct services to London Paddington at peak times taking about 45 minutes. Train times can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 0845-748-4950 from anywhere in the UK.

By car[edit]

Henley-on-Thames is served by the M4 motorway which runs from London to South Wales. It is about 35 miles/40 minutes from Central London. The best junction to use is 8/9. Being close to the M4 this makes places like Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Windsor, Maidenhead, Slough, High Wycombe and Basingstoke all within easy reach. Henley is also located 20 miles from the M3 Motorway junction at Basingstoke. This allows fast access to Winchester and Southampton. When the M3 ends near Southampton it joins onto the M27 motorway for quick and easy access to Portsmouth and Bournemouth.

By plane[edit]

Henley-on-Thames is well served by Southern Eastern England's collection of airports and is actually under the flight-path of Heathrow. For travellers coming directly to Henley-on-Thames, the most convenient (in reducing order of convenience) are:

  • Heathrow Airport is about 20 miles/25 minutes drive straight down the M4 (westbound) motorway. Alternatively it is linked directly to Reading rail station by the RailAir express bus service running every 20 minutes or so and taking about 1 hour. Indirectly, by the Heathrow Connect train service (change at Hayes) take about 55 minutes.
  • Southampton Airport is about 45 miles/50 minutes drive away down the M3 motorway. Alternatively there is a service from Reading direct to Southampton Airport taking about 1 hour.
  • Gatwick Airport is about 55 miles/60 minutes drive away via the M23 (northbound), M25 (clockwise) and M4 (westbound) motorways. There is a through train service to Reading from a rail station in the airport terminal complex, running twice an hour and taking an hour.
  • Luton Airport is about 60 miles/70 minutes drive away via the M1 (southbound), M25 (westbound) and M4 (westbound) motorways. Luton Airport Parkway connects the airport to Kings Cross station every 35 minutes, the tube to London Paddington station.
  • Stansted Airport is about 75 miles/90 minutes drive away via the M11 (southbound), M25 (anti-clockwise) and M4 (westbound) motorways. By train you will need to catch a Stanstead Express train to London Liverpool Street station, the tube to London Paddington station.

By bus[edit]

Hurley Link 239 provides a service from Hart Street to Frascati Way, Maidenhead.

Arriva 800/850 stops at various points in the town from Reading to High Wycombe.

By boat[edit]

The nearest major ferry port to Henley-on-thames is Portsmouth Harbour which is located next to the city of Portsmouth. Destinations from Portsmouth include the Channel Islands, France, Spain and the Isle of Wight. It is about 65 miles/80 minutes straight down the M3 and M27 motorways.

Henley-on-Thames also has numerous boat trips along the River Thames to the nearby towns of Reading and Windsor.

By taxi[edit]

Minicabs which must be ordered by phone or app, Henley Taxi Services, & Chiltern Cars are the most popular services.

Get around[edit]

Map of Henley-on-Thames

All locations in and around the town are walkable or drivable. During the Regatta, the Thames is teeming with classical launches, which are available for booking well in advance of events.


  • 1 The River and Rowing Museum, +44 1491 415600. Daily 10AM-5PM. Mill Meadows (5 min walk from town center and rail station) - an excellent museum which charts the history of the River Thames and of rowing as a sport. The museum also houses a series of tableaux inspired by "The Wind In The Willows", which is popular with children aged 5 and above - additional charges apply. The museum has a superior cafe, with seating outside in fine weather. adult £11, valid for one year. River and Rowing Museum (Q15272725) on Wikidata River and Rowing Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, RG9 4PG, +44 1491 628529, . Greys Court (Q3776690) on Wikidata Greys Court on Wikipedia


  • 1 Black Bears Polo Club, Lower Bolney Farm Shiplake, RG9 3NN (Template:Miles south of Henley on the A4155), +44 1491 411 300, . W,Sa,Su in Summer.
  • 2 Fawley Hill Railway, Fawley Hill Station, Fawley, RG9 6JA, +44 1491 571 373. Station, Railway Museum, Ironhenge and animal sanctuary Fawley Hill Railway (Q57812673) on Wikidata Fawley Hill Railway on Wikipedia
  • Henley Royal Regatta. Held every summer since 1839 (except during the two world wars), the Royal Regatta is a unique five-day tournament of international rowing that draws top competitors and spectators from around the world. Henley Royal Regatta on Wikipedia
  • Henley Festival of Music and Arts. In the weeks following the Royal Regatta, Henley plays host to a growing music and arts festival, the calibre of the acts increasing in range and importance every year. Henley Festival on Wikipedia


The town centre is a fairly typical one with most of your high street favourites.


Hart Street and Market Place, which run inland from the river at Henley Bridge are lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs.

  • 1 Catherine Wheel, 7-15 Hart St, RG9 2AR, +44 1491 845790. One of Henley's old coaching inns, this Wetherspoon's pub now does food and drink at very reasonable prices. £7-10. Catherine Wheel Hotel (Q88917754) on Wikidata
  • 2 Pizza Express, 35 Market Pl, RG9 2AA, +44 1491 411448. Daily 11:30AM-midnight. Serves good pizzas in a building dating back to 1408. £7-15.
  • 3 Loch Fyne, 20 Market Place, RG9 2AH, +44 1491 845780. Daily 9AM-10PM. This restaurant provides excellent (and apparently eco-friendly) seafood in an attractive environment with a separate oyster bar and (for summer) tables in the market place. £10-25.




  • 1 Catherine Wheel, 7-15 Hart St, RG9 2AR, +44 1491 848484. The Catherine Wheel (see above) also provides Lodge style rooms. £59 (per room). From £39 per night.
  • 2 Red Lion Hotel, Hart Street, +44 1491 572161. Located next to the river at the foot of Hart Street, and dating back to the fifteenth century, three kings of England have stayed at this prestigious hotel. The hotels age notwithstanding, all bedrooms benefit from en-suite bathrooms, with many rooms overlooking the river Thames and the views beyond. £110 (single room); £130 (double/twin room); £165 (four poster room); all rates include breakfast.



Henley's area code is 01491 when dialed from within the UK or +441491 from outside the UK.

Stay safe[edit]

The town has a moderate amount of crime and antisocial behaviour which mainly occurs at night.

Go next[edit]

There are nice walks for people along the River Thames, to places like Reading, Maidenhead and Windsor and many lighter walks for people looking for a short pleasant walk.

  • North East to High Wycombe 13 mi (21 km) on the A4155 and A404.
  • West to Maidenhead 10 mi (16 km) on the A4130 or 16 mi (26 km) along the Thames River path.
  • North West to Oxford 25 mi (40 km) on the A4130 and A4074 or 50 mi (80 km) along the Thames River path.
Routes through Henley-on-Thames
Wallingford ← Nettlebed ←  NW  E  TwyfordMaidenhead
Marlow ← Bourne End ←  N  S  → Lower Shiplake → Reading
LondonMarlow  N  S  ReadingOxford

This city travel guide to Henley-on-Thames is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.