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

By train

Henley 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

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

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:

By bus

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

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 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.

Get around

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.




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.





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


There is an Internet Cafe at 2 Friday Street (+44 1491 637888)

Stay safe

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

Go next

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

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