Henley on Thames Home to the Royal Regatta
Henley on Thames is an historic riverside town just 35 minutes west of London and 10 miles from Windsor.
The town is overlooked by beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Just a few strides from the riverbank is the very heart of Henley with its church, town hall and market square, the latter bustling with busy stall-holders and shoppers on market days. There are also many pubs, hotels and restaurants.
Founded in the 12th century, Henley is probably best known for the annual Royal Regatta, which is attended by some of the world´s best rowers. Statues of those great Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent greet visitors to the town´s award winning River and Rowing Museum.
The stretch of river between the regatta finish and Henley Bridge is the location for the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts. Now a popular hospitality venue it attracts some of the world´s top entertainers to perform on a floating stage in front of a dinner-jacketed audience and the site includes exhibitions of art and sculpture. The thriving Kenton Theatre is one of the oldest performing theatres in the country.
There are many other events in and around Henley such as The Rewind Music Festival, The Thames Traditional Boat Rally, The Henley Show and many more. Local attractions includ Stonor Park and Mansion House and Greys Court.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015