Places to visit
Buscot House and Park
This 18th century National Trust property houses a rich collection of pictures. Landscaped park and water gardens.
Tel. 01367 240932 for further information.
Oxford’s University/Colleges, Chapels and Museums
Simply too many to list but the Visitor Information Centre in Oxford will help you plan a walking tour.
Tel. 01865 686430 for further information.
A prosperous market town for 900 years with a wealth of sights and interests including the Abbey and Guildhall. The Old Gaol built for French prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars is now an arts and leisure centre.
Tel. 01235 522711 Tourist Information Centre.
A market town blessed with a wide variety of shops, from high street names to unique independent retailers, to antiques shops offering all kinds of gifts, trinkets and furniture.
Tel. 01491 826972 for further information.
Tudor manor house built around the time of the Spanish Armada. Home of the Roman Catholic Blount family. Open weekends only.
Tel. 0118 972 3350 for further information.
An 18th Century flour mill converted to a Restaurant/Theatre providing a centre of entertainment. View the working wheel in the cocktail bar.
Reservations can be made on Tel. 0118 969 8000 for further information.
The River and Rowing Museum is situated in Mill Meadows with moorings right by the riverside. It tells the story of Henley Town and its world famous Regatta held every year in July.
Tel. 01491 415600 for further information.
Elegant town blending old and modern with much to see. Izaak Walton’s stretch of the river, commemorated by the ‘Compleat Angler’ inn, now a luxury hotel.
Tel. 01296 382415 Tourist Information Centre.
Renowned as the home of the Astor family during a 50-year period from 1893. The property is now a luxury hotel, some parts of which are open to the public at weekends. The gardens, formal and otherwise, are magnificent and open daily throughout the season. A National Trust property.
Tel. 01628 668561 for further information.
Brunel’s famous rail bridge over the Thames constructed in 1839. With a span of 128ft, it is the world’s longest single brick built arch.
Tel. 01628 796502 Tourist Information Centre.
Founded in 1440 by Henry VI, the College still has several of its original buildings in use. The Chapel, School Yard and cloisters are open most afternoons.
Tel. 01753 671000 for further information.
The huge castle dates from 1066. During successive centuries it grew in importance to attain the proportions and magnificence of a royal palace. Open, with few exceptions, throughout the year. Today it is the largest inhabited castle in the world. St George’s Chapel, one of the most beautiful of our ecclesiastical buildings, dates from 1475. Here are to be found the tombs of ten monarchs.
Tel. 0303 123 7334 for further information.
Where Magna Carta was sealed by King John on 15th June 1215. Overlooking Runnymede is the Air Forces Memorial showing the names of twenty thousand airmen who died during World War II and have no known graves. Also the site of the John F Kennedy Memorial.
Tel. 01784 432891 for further information.
Hampton Court Palace
It was Cardinal Wolsey who commenced the building of the Palace, but in 1525 very prudently gave it to his King – Henry VIII. The most lasting impression to the Palace was given by William III and his Consort, Queen Mary. It was at their command that the mellow red brick buildings along the south and east fronts were re-modelled by the architect Sir Christopher Wren. Why not try to unravel the mystery of the maze!
Tel. 020 3166 6000 for further information.
Beale Park, Pangbourne
Trees, grass, water, space – 300 acres of organic, ancient meadows where you will find carefully tended small herds of unusual farm animals. Sheep and goats, Highland cattle, deer and South American Llamas are just some of the breeds. For the more adventurous there are play areas. Free daytime moorings are available, with access to Beale Park through the nearby River Gate.
Tel. 0118 976 7480 for further information.
Set in 150 acres of woodland is this award winning theme park, for children aged 2 to 12. “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” Emmet and his Master Builder friends return entangled in an Evil Secret Plot involving a mysterious theme park. There is a shuttle bus running from Windsor and Eton Riverside Station to Legoland, a twomile journey. Public moorings are situated a 1/3 mile upstream from the station.
Tel. 0371 222 2001 for further information.
Thorpe Park, Chertsey
New in 2016, Derren Browns Ghost Train – A Worlds first one-of-a-kind experience like you have never seen before, prepare to derail your mind on a Ghost Train re-invented for the 21st century. With loads more fun and thrills for all the family. There are short stay visitor moorings at Penton Hook Marina, immediately downstream from the Lock of the same name. The entrance to the Leisure Park is a short walk away.
Tel. 0371 663 1673 for further information.
Play Areas for Children
Staines, Maidenhead, Marlow, Henley and Reading have soft play areas (clearly designated for children to play) all adjoiningpublic moorings.
Swimming Pools and Indoor Leisure Centres
Kingston and Marlow have traditional swimming pools while Windsor and Reading have swimming pools with wave machines and giant slides as well as a range of other leisure facilities. For further information
Tel. Kingston 0208 541 4576,
Marlow 01628 475709,
Windsor 01753 778577,
Reading 0118 937 5060.
Where excitement strikes… every time. Situated only a short walk from Kingston’s main train station.
Tel. 0871 222 3675 for more information.