There are many ways to enjoy the River Thames as it flows through one its most famous stretches at Henley. Get on the river with a scheduled trip, hire a boat yourself or even learn to row. If that’s too energetic, relax in one of the parks with a picnic or just stroll along the banks. Henley’s river can be enjoyed all year round. 

Mill & Marsh Meadows

Henley’s Mill & Marsh Meadows are the formal and informal parks adjacent to the river upstream of Henley Bridge. It holds the prestigious Green Flag Award which recognises the best green spaces in the country, both spaces offer areas to relax alongside the river. 

Mill Meadows has an Adventure Golf course (with all the sights of Henley in miniature), café, two children’s playgrounds and public toilets. In the summer (Between April and August) there are regular weekend music performances on the Bandstand. 

Limited car parking is available at Mill Meadows and the Station car park is a 2 minute walk. 

Cruising with Accommodation 

A number of canal boats and barges offer on-board accommodation while cruising the upper Thames on short breaks or holidays, while self-hire cruisers are available a short distance from Henley. Hobbs of Henley has two luxury Linssen cruisers for weekly or weekend hire which sleep 6. 

Hobbs of Henley 
My River Cruising 
African Queen 
Calmer Cruising 
Caversham Boat Services 
Le Boat 

Scheduled Public Cruises

Hobbs of Henley and Salters Steamers both run scheduled trips down the Regatta course and around Temple Island from their respective bases in Station Road and Mill Meadows throughout the summer months. 

Messing About on the River Yourself 

Hobbs have the largest fleet of powered day hire and rowing boats on the Thames or can offer skippered or chartered launches, as can HSC Boats if booked in advance. 

Small rowing boats are also available from Hobbs or plan in advance to rent a canoe from Henley Canoe Hire for a relaxed paddle. You can even learn how to row just like Henley’s athlete’s with expert tuition from the Henley Rowing Association or try your hand at Stand Up Paddle Boarding. If you’re planning to swim don’t do so without advice from the local experts at the Henley Open Water Swimming Club. 

Mooring in Henley 

Temporary moorings are available in Henley at Mill Meadows on a first come first served basis. These are the moorings closest to the Town Centre and facilities. For more information visit

Temporary moorings are also available downstream of Henley Bridge administered by SRB Moorings


There are easy walks along the beautiful riverbanks. From the town and right, you head past Mill Meadows to Marsh Lock and on towards Shiplake. Over the bridge and left, you will pass the famous rowing headquarters at Leander Club before strolling up to Temple Island and Hambleden Lock. 

River & Rowing Museum 

Henley’s prestigious museum has a gallery devoted entirely to the geography, history and ecology of the river and can be found in Mill Meadows. There are activities for children and adults and a lovely cafe too. 

Find out more about their events here

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