Attractions and Places to Visit in Henley-On-Thames
Henley is easy to walk around so a self-guided tour is an simple option. Walkers are welcome, visit the river & Rowing Museum. Browse Henley's independent shops. Discover hidden pubs. Enjoy afternoon Tea. Take part in the Henley Ale or Gin Trail.
The first recorded history of Henley dates back to 1179 when King Henry II bought land ‘for the making of buildings’. The first church was mentioned in 1204 and a year later the town received a paviage grant (a toll for road maintenance). A bridge in the town was first mentioned in 1234.
Steeped in history Henley is packed with interesting buildings that speak down the generations. First described in the 12th Century with little fundamental change since the Victorian era Henley is a quintessential English market town. It is believed that the existing Thursday market was granted by a charter of King John some time before 1269.
Henley prospered in the 17th and 18th centuries, with the manufacture of glass and malt, and the trade in corn and wool. From Henley, London was supplied with much of its timber from the Chilterns and grain from the rich agricultural land since the river provided relatively easy transport at that time.
Making it one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. It’s beautiful. This historic building and sweeping grounds are breathtaking. And the family collection of art and artefacts is extraordinary. You can view the work of St. Edmund Campion, created when he was given refuge here in 1581