Welcome to Henley-on-Thames, one of the most beautiful towns in England

If you live outside of Henley and you would like help in planning your visit, our Visitor Information staff will offer friendly advice on things to do in Henley as well as in the surrounding area and further afield. We can also help with accommodation, and let you know about walks, cycle rides, local transport, river trips and places to eat and shop.

Welcome to Henley-on-Thames

But it's not just beautiful, it's a town that knows how to throw a party. Henley has an international reputation for the world’s greatest rowing regatta, splashes out with the ‘joie de vivre’ of the summer arts festival and gets into the groove with '80's music festival Rewind. In fact Henley is a Town of Festivals.

Henley’s historic heart sits a few strides from the River Thames. The main street has many Georgian frontages covering older buildings and among the 300 buildings within the town designated 'of special architectural or historical interest' are St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, Market Place and Henley Bridge.

Whether it's 10 Brilliant Things To Do, the Henley Trail, Gallery Trail, Henley Town Map or the Midsomer  - Henley's Murderous Locations leaflets are available from the Information centre in the Town Hall to provide more inspiration.

This is a town dedicated to enjoying the river. So bring a picnic, pick up a copy of The Wind in the Willows, rent a deckchair and settle for an hour or two at Mill Meadows. Or get on the river yourself,  hire a boat and join in the fun with one of the town's oldest businesses, Hobbs of Henley down on the riverside.

Henley Town Council - Family paddle-boarding in Henley

Transport to Henley-on-Thames

Henley By Train: There are regular First Great Western branch line services from Twyford with connections from Reading and London Paddington. Henley Station is located 5 minutes walk from the River Thames and Town Centre.

Henley by Bus: There are regular services to and from Maidenhead, High Wycombe, Reading and Wallingford.

Henley Car Club: Henley Town Council and Co-Wheels have launched a new Henley Car Club. Two cars (Toyota Yaris Hybrids) are available to book. To find out more click here. Co Wheels is a pay-as-you-go car hire scheme, with vehicles available to hire in convenient locations across the UK.

Henley by Car: The town is only 30 miles from central London and a short drive from Windsor, Reading and Oxford. It is easily accessible from the M4, M40, A4130 and A4155.

Parking in Henley: Visitors are encouraged to use the long term Car Parks at Henley Station and Dry Leas (Henley Rugby Club). The town centre and Riverside are only 5 minutes walk from these car parks. Find out more information here.

For information about Parking at Mill Meadows click here.

The Trainline can be helpful to bring together all rail, coach and other travel services into one experience and with real-time travel info on the go.

The Henley Hopper: Is the Henley Town Bus Service. For more information click here.

Henley Town Council - red car parked next to a busy street
Henley Town Council - Bus sign
Henley Town Council - Boats moored nets to Henley park

Henley's Regattas

Henley-on-Thames is renowned for its rowing regattas attracting competitors and visitors from across the country and around the world to the beautiful riverside town. Henley's regattas really are a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Thames and the spectacle of the British at play.

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Henley Town Council - view of the riverbank during Henley Royal Regatta

Henley's Murderous Locations

Henley-on-Thames is known around the world for the Royal Regatta, yet it is seen more often on TV screens in over 100 countries as one of the locations for the fictional county of Midsomer in the classic show Midsomer Murders, known in much of the world as Barnaby.

Fans of Detective Barnaby will recognise many of the filming locations within the town and surrounding villages from their appearances in numerous episodes.

Centrally located with all the facilities you would expect in a thriving market town, Henley is an ideal base for an extended stay in Midsomer.

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Henley Town Council - celebrity guest sat on sofa at Henley Literary Festival

Henley Town of Festivals

This is a town that enjoys a party and has more events to enjoy than anywhere else in the region. From the worlds' greatest regatta to an internationally renowned arts festival Henley offers something that everyone can enjoy.

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Henley Town Council - View of Henley Town at Christmas festival