Henley is an historic market town perhaps best known for the Royal Regatta held here each year. Situated on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thames, Henley was founded in the 12th century as a river crossing and port.
The fine market square, which still hosts weekly markets, is just a few minutes’ walk from the riverbank as is the impressive civic church of St Mary the Virgin dating from 1204, which has many fine architectural features and still dominates the town’s skyline.
The River and Rowing Museum is perhaps the most important new building in Henley and is well worth a visit. Boat trips are available along the river throughout the year and the Thames Path runs through the town.
In addition to the Royal Regatta, which attracts some of the world’s finest oarsmen, Henley is also home to the Henley Festival, the Henley Food Festival and the Henley Literary Festival, which attract thousands of visitors to the town each year.
Other nearby attractions include Greys Court, Mapledurham House, Stonor Park and Basildon Park which are all within a half hour drive of Henley