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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting Henley.


Are there any places in Henley by the river where we can spend a family day out and do a barbecue for lunch?
There are many places along the promenade to the footbridge to have a good family gathering and a picnic. As for a barbecue, to the best of our knowledge they are not allowed (please correct us if you know better).

Where are the nearest grocery stores to the town?
Not wishing to promote the large grocery retailers (as they do not need it) but without the choice of small independents available the nearest to the river is in the town itself off Bell Street or Kings Road. There is another larger outlet on the edge of Henley heading towards Reading about a mile from Henley Bridge. You can walk by the side of the Thames (or row!) and walk up Mill Lane and this will also bring you to the store.

Can you hire boats for short rides up and down the Thames from Henley?
Yes, there are places to hire boats from for river trips located along New Street and Station Road.

When is the French/Continental/Farmers Market held and how often?
In 2010 there are several continental and farmers markets scheduled. A schedule of Henley continental and farmers markets can be view on this site.

What day of the week is the regular Henley market held?
This is held every Thursday.

Are there any tours of Friar Park or opportunities to photograph it?
Friar Park is a private residence and there is no public access. As a consequence no photos can be taken inside the grounds or building. You can take photos of the Friar Park entrance and lodge from Gravel Hill though.

Can you give me the names of any prominent tourist spots (i.e. museums) near to Henley train station?
The River and Rowing Museum is a short walk from Henley station and offers good facilities in a relaxed location.

How do I get to the River and Rowing Museum from Henley train station?
When leaving Henley station take a right at the end of the road and walk towards the River Thames. Take the next right where you will see the signs for the museum. If you do not take that right, walk a little further. When you reach the river turn right along the towpath and you will be rewarded with a more scenic view and still come to the museum.

I would like to have a stall on Henley's market day. How much does this cost and are any pitches available?
Unfortunately when last checked on 8th August 2008 there were no pitches available and there was a waiting list. The cost at this time was £28.00 per day. Up-to-date information can be obtained by calling the local Henley council on 01491 576982.

I'm planning an event for up to 100 people. Can you suggest a venue?
We would suggest contacting the River and Rowing Museum as your first port of call.

What secondary schools are in the Henley area and are they IB (International Baccalaureate) schools?
The main secondary school in Henley is Gillotts School for 11-16 year olds. There is no sixth form and students therefore go to The Henley College afterwards which does offer an IB programme.

I am planning on staying in Henley. Can I have a packet of visitor information sent to me?
In the first instance we would suggest that you contact Henley Town Council on +44 (0) 1491 576982 who should point you in the right direction. If you give this website (henleyonthames.org) a mention that would be nice. If you do not get a satisfactory response from them please contact us and we'll see what we can do for you.

Where is the nearest car park to The Kenton Theatre in Henley and what are the walking directions from that car park to the theatre?
The nearest car park is along Kings Road (the most northerly car park on our Henley car parks map). To get to the theatre simply exit the car park by walking down by either Waitrose or The Regal Picturehouse cinema to arrive on Bell Street. Turn left along Bell Street and at the crossroads turn right onto New Street. The Kenton Theatre can be found about half way along New Street on the left hand side. If you reach the River Thames you've gone too far.

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