Henley-on-Thames (also known as Henley) is an attractive market town on the River Thames, the Thames Path passes through the town. Henley Royal Regatta takes place every summer.
TI Tel. 01491 578034.
Henley-on-Thames is in the Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a range of chalk hills north-west of London. The area is popular for walking with beautiful countryside, great views and picturesque villages.
The Museum has three galleries covering Rowing, Rivers and the history of Henley-on-Thames.
Wind in the Willows exhibition with 3D models, lighting and music. Exhibitions programme.
Café. Tel. 01491 415600.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
A picturesque 16th-century mansion with a well-stocked kitchen and homely living rooms.
Walled gardens amid medieval ruins. 12th century Great Tower. Donkey wheel. Estate walks.
Tearoom. Tel. 01491 628529.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (dusk if earlier), House from 1300 Mar-Oct (tours at other times, see website).
Bus H1/H2 from near station to main entrance, 9 minutes journey. Thursdays only, infrequent but suitable for visiting. Operated by Going Forward Buses.
A suggested walking route is highlighted on the map below, this is peaceful and almost traffic-free after turning into Pack and Prime Lane (off Gravel Hill). Paths may be muddy after wet weather.
A pleasing mix of woodland, scrub and flower-rich chalk grassland in a secluded dry valley.
With this range of habitats the reserve supports many plants, fungi and invertebrates. Highlights
include bluebells, orchids and butterflies. Visitor Centre, waymarked wildlife walk and bird-watching hides.
Children's 'Nature Detectives' packs available from Visitor Centre. Picnic area.
A 13 mile circular walk from Henley-on-Thames to the reserve and back can be dowloaded from the website.
Tel. 01491 642001. Admission free.
Open Visitor Centre Daily 0900-1700, Reserve open at all times.
Bus X38 from Hart Street (½ mile from station) to Nettlebed, The Green (just after the Nettlebed roundabout), 8 minutes journey, then 1½ miles to Visitor Centre. M-S hourly. Operated by Thames Travel.
The home of the philanthropist William Morris, Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors.
Despite being one of the richest men in the world he and his wife lived in this pleasant but unostentatious home,
enjoying the simpler things in life. The House and Garden typify early 20th-century life. Woodland area with bluebells in spring.
Tearoom. Tel. 01491 641224.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1100-1700. Occasionally closed, please check website.
Bus X38 from Hart Street (½ mile from station) to Nuffield Common shortly after Nettlebed, 11 minutes journey, then ¼ mile. M-S hourly. Operated by Thames Travel.
Wallingford is an attractive and historic market town with old buildings, narrow streets, an elegant bridge over the River Thames and remains of a royal castle. Earthworks of the castle can be seen in the Castle Gardens and Castle Meadows. Visit the Museum for details of the castle, including its destruction immediately after the Civil War. Leaflets for town and local walks are available from the Tourist Information Centre. The Thames Path passes through Wallingford.
TI Town Hall. Tel. 01491 826972.
www.wallingford.co.uk | www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thamespath
Bus X38 from Hart Street (½ mile from station) to Wallingford Market Place, 30 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Operated by Thames Travel. Buses also operate from Cholsey, Goring & Streatley and Oxford.
The history of Wallingford from earliest times to the present day, covering the early Saxon fortified town,
the prominent medieval royal castle and its destruction, the River Thames and bridge, and local inhabitants including Agatha Christie.
Features include a Victorian street scene and a scale model of Wallingford station. Tel. 01491 835065.
Open Mar-Nov, TWThFS & BH (also Sun Jun-Aug) 1400-1700, opens 1030 on Sat.
Bus see Wallingford above.
A 2½ mile preserved former Great Western Railway rural branch line, known locally as 'The Bunk'
to Cholsey. Trains may be steam or diesel hauled.
Museum and café at Wallingford station which is ½ mile from the town centre. Tel. 01491 835067.
Open please see website for operating days.