Attractions in or near Henley for International Visitors

Nestled along the picturesque banks of the River Thames, Henley-on-Thames is a quintessentially British town that offers international visitors a delightful blend of charm, history, and natural beauty. Famous for its annual Royal Regatta, Henley welcomes guests with its idyllic setting and warm hospitality.

The town's historic streets are lined with charming boutiques, traditional pubs, and inviting cafes, creating a perfect atmosphere for leisurely strolls. The iconic Henley Bridge, an 18th-century stone structure, adds a touch of timeless elegance to the riverside landscape. As you explore, the lush greenery of the surrounding Chiltern Hills provides a stunning backdrop, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the English countryside.

The River Thames itself becomes a focal point for relaxation and recreation. Enjoy a scenic boat ride along the water, taking in the serene surroundings and perhaps even catching a glimpse of rowers practicing for the next regatta. The town's commitment to preserving its architectural heritage is evident in landmarks such as St. Mary's Church, a beautiful example of medieval craftsmanship.

Whether you're savoring traditional English tea in a charming tea room, partaking in water activities on the river, or simply soaking in the ambiance of this riverside gem, Henley-on-Thames promises international visitors a truly enchanting experience that captures the essence of England's cultural richness.

  • The Thameside path to Marlow is an easy 8mi walk
  • Fantastic shopping in an historic town centre
  • Enjoy exploring the local countryside
  • Churches dating back to Norman times
  • Hire a boat and explore the riverside
  • Falconry the sport of Kings

Beyond Henley itself

Blenheim Palace - 33 miles

Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, landscaped Parkland and stunning Formal Gardens, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Explore over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and 90 acres of award-winning Formal Gardens. Ride the miniature train to The Walled Garden, a dedicated family area that offers a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground. A year-round calendar of tours, exhibitions, experiences and events reveal the sheer splendour of Britain’s Greatest Palace.

Bicester Village - 33 miles

The best retail experience in Europe, all in one place.
Discover more than 150 boutiques from heritage fashion houses and cutting-edge designers at luxury shopping destination, Bicester Village. Sitting in the Oxfordshire countryside, just an hour from London, the Village is home to renowned brands including Mulberry, Off-White™, ZEGNA and more – all offering remarkable year-round savings on the original retail price. Plus, explore a superb selection of restaurants, cafés and pop-ups such as Cecconi’s, La Tua Pasta, farmshop restaurant & cafe, Shan Shui and Ladurée.

London - 55 miles

As one of the world's major global cities, London exerts a strong influence on world art, entertainment, fashion, commerce and finance, education, health care, media, science and technology, tourism, transport, and communications. Its GDP of €900 billion in 2020 makes it the largest urban economy in Europe, and it is one of the major financial centres in the world. With Europe's largest concentration of higher education institutions, it is home to some of the highest-ranked academic institutions in the world—Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics in social sciences, and the comprehensive University College London. London is the most visited city in Europe and has the busiest city airport system in the world. The London Underground is the oldest rapid transit system in the world.