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Henley held the very first regatta in 1839 and in the year 1851 Prince Albert became Patron of the Regatta, thus giving the event the pretigious title of Royal Henley Regatta. Today, Henley Regatta is a major international rowing event revered and attended by enthusiasts from all over England and beyond.
This gracious town bears all the hallmarks of prosperity. There are many beautiful buildings to be seen and these include numerous fine Georgian buildings, including the Kenton Theatre which was built in 1805 and is the fourth oldest in England. Other notable buildings are the 14th-century Chantry House and the Speakers House, once home to William Lenthall, speaker in the house of commons from 1629 to 1640 and his signature is on the execution warrant of King Charles Ist.
Henley, has always been dominated by the activities surrounding 'Old Father Thames' for in earlier times the prosperity enjoyed by the town came mainly from the great agricultural holdings of the surrounding countryside when the river was used for the transportation of grain and produce from the land.
The beautiful 5 srched bridge that spans the river was built in 1786 and replaced an earlier one. Near to the bridge is St.Mary's church which has a 16th-century tower containing distinctive flint and stone chequerwork. The interior of the church was restored during the 19th-century and contains some fine craftsmanship and many treasures.
There is a unique atmosphere surrounding Henley and perhaps this is largely due to the great social occasion of the regatta which seems to extend all the year round. Visitors pour into Henley at every time of year, they come to stroll the ancient town on foot and to enjoy the river scene from a comfortable trip on a pleasure craft. The river banks are lined with beautiful houses and cottages, all with wide manicured lawns and pretty gardens that sweep down to the waters edge and most have little jetties to which a handsome craft is anchored. A visit here is a richly rewarding experience, it is a place where you can soak up the ancient history of the town, while enjoying it's wide open spaciousness.
There are some excellent shops in Henley including several interesting antique emphoriums and there are good hotels, inns and restaurants. Places of interest nearby include the Shire Horse Centre, the National Trust property of Grays Court and there is a Museum that records much of the town's history. The Thames path runs through the area from which you can enjoy the river and it's wildlife.
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The Red Lion Hotel
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Milsoms Hotel, Henley On Thames
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Henley Business School
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Henley on Thames Reviews
Review by Edward Lever(16th July 2014)
An example of a quintessentially English Riverside Town
Henley-on-Thames is world famous for the Henley Royal Regatta, which is held every summer over a period of five days and attracts international rowers. The town is defined by its position on the river Thames, and is situated on the Oxfordshire side of the river. The regatta rowing course extends from near Henley Bridge to Temple Island just over a mile downstream. There are pleasant riverside walks extending both up and downstream of Henley Bridge, which dates from 1786 and is itself an attractive structure and a Grade 1 listed building. The town of Henley is quite small, but has many attractive features to enjoy such as restaurants, bookshops and antique shops, as well as being an everyday shopping centre for the surrounding Oxfordshire villages. There is a museum in the Town Hall, and the River and Rowing Museum at Mill Meadows. Many famous and wealthy people have lived in or near Henley. The former Beatle George Harrison lived here at Friar Park, a rambling Gothic estate and mansion just up the hill from the town centre. His widow Olivia still lives there, but the estate is strictly off-limits. Dusty Springfield also lived near Henley, at Harpsden, and there is a memorial to her in St Mary's churchyard near to Henley Bridge. George Orwell, the famous author, spent his childhood years in Henley. As with most old towns, parking is difficult in Henley and there is no free parking in the town centre. Free parking is available at Mill Lane car park about a mile south-east of the town centre. It can be very pleasant to walk back to Henley from the Mill Lane car park, enjoying the riverbank views and watching the variety of boats cruising the Thames. Boat trips are available from the landing stages near the town centre, and rowing boats and motor-boats are available for hire. Henley is an ideal place to visit for someone wanting to experience some of the old-fashioned character of England, still relatively unspoilt by modern developments. You will not find MacDonald's, Burger King or Kentucky Fried Chicken in Henley.
5 stars - Excellent!
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|A404(M) Junction 9B||(5.7 miles, 9.1 km, direction E)|
|A404(M) Junction 9A||(7.1 miles, 11.5 km, direction E)|
|London Heathrow Airport||(19.8 miles, 31.9 km, direction E)|
|London Luton Airport||(32.5 miles, 52.4 km, direction NE)|
|Henley on Thames to London||(33.3 miles, 53.7 km, direction E)||
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