Adjacent to the River Thames, Henley is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields.

The town was first described in the 12th century and is until today considered as one of the most beautiful English market towns with many interesting historical buildings. Its historic St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, the market square, many local shops, plus its own theatre/cinema, mean Henley is a delightful place for mooching about.

Best known for its annual Royal Regatta, Henley attracts some of the world’s finest rowers. Why not enjoy your own boat trip down the Regatta course and stop off at the town’s award-winning River and Rowing Museum.

The stretch of river between the regatta finish and Henley Bridge is the location for the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts. Now a popular hospitality venue, it attracts some of the world’s top entertainers to perform on a floating stage in front of a dinner-jacketed audience; as well as holding exhibitions of art and sculpture.

Henley is 25 miles south east of Oxford and there are delightful walks around the town, leading you along the Thames Path and up into the Chiltern Hills for wonderful views of the Thames Valley.

Visit the Henley-on-Thames Tourist Information Centre and discover more about this picturesque and historic town.

Getting There

You can get to Henley by both train and bus, however will need to be prepared to change transport on route, as there are no direct services that go all the way to the city.

By Train

You can get trains from both Oxford  and London, the trains do not go directly into Henley and will require you to swap trains a minimum of one time on the journey.


By Bus

Alternatively, you could take the X39/X40 bus from Oxford to Wallingford and from there take the 139 bus into Henley.

Where is Henley-on-Thames?

How to get to Henley-on-Thames

  • 66

    The Stagecoach bus route 66 runs from Oxford to Faringdon, via Bessels Leigh, Fyfield, Southmoor and Buckland.

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  • City13 & X13

    The City13 and the X13 services gos from Oxford to Abingdon, via John Radcliffe Hospital and Redbridge.

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  • City35

    Bus route 35 goes from Oxford to Abingdon, via Kennington and Radley,

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  • City4

    Bus service 4 connects Oxford with Abingdon, via Botley, Cumnor and Wootton.

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  • 7

    The new number 7 service connects Oxford and Woodstock, with stops in Summertown, Water Eaton and Kidlington. Buses depart every 30 minutes.

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