Henley Area Overview
Henley-on-Thames is a picturesque market town, located at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Oxfordshire and surrounded by glorious green countryside, much of which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Henley is probably best known for the Royal Regatta which takes place annually for four days in June, along one of the prettiest stretches of the Thames. During this time, Henley transforms from a relatively sedate town into a place filled with excitement and celebration.
The historic town centre is home to a lively market square with its 16th century church and town hall, as well as some fine boutique shops and excellent restaurants. There is a wonderful old theatre too – The Kenton – which is in fact the fourth oldest in Britain.
This area is perfect for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. You never have to travel too far to find a golf course, sailing club, leisure centre or open parkland. In recent years it has become increasingly popular with commuters and young families, thanks to its excellent schools, good transport links into London, easy access to the M4 and M40 motorways and the way in which it successfully blends urban and rural living.
A medieval settlement, Henley has a number of historic landmarks, including Henley Bridge, built in 1786 and the Grade 1 listed Chantry House. The town really came to the fore after 1851, when Prince Albert became the first royal patron of the Regatta, a move which was to give Henley a lasting place in history.