Henley-on-Thames is a town in Oxfordshire located on … you guessed it… the River Thames! The town has been around since 1179, so has quite a bit of history, as do most towns in ye olde England.

Notable places to visit include Henley Bridge, which was constructed back in 1786 and is a five-arch bridge over the Thames. The bridge recently underwent £200,000 repairs back in 2011 after a boat damaged it. Other places of interest include Marsh Lock, St. Mary’s church and the Old Bell pub.

Henley is well known location for rowing. Every summer Henley hosts the Henley Royal Regatta, a famous race for rowers along the picturesque Thames. The event gained its “Royal” status when Prince Albert became a patron in 1851. Henley is also home to the Henley Town F.C. and a rugby team by the name of the Henley Hawks.

Henley-on-Thames is a great summer-time escape for those of us who live in big cities and fancy a bit of relaxation. With riverside pubs and cosy B&Bs, Henley is the ideal holiday hotspot. Check out the Angel on the Bridge pub for a refreshing summertime Pims along the riverside. There are plenty of cute guesthouses, hotels and pubs to stay in, as well, such as the Cherry Tree Inn, the Red Lion Hotel and the Thamesmead House Hotel.

A guide to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire