Living in Henley

Henley sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in an area surrounded by glorious countryside, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A picturesque and relaxed market town; Henley is famous for the Royal Regatta which takes place along one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames. Every year for four days in late June, the Regatta truly brings the town to life.

An historic church and town hall sit at the heart of Henley, together with a bustling market square, many boutique shops and a wide variety of fine restaurants.

The Kenton Theatre is the fourth oldest performing theatre in the country. The town hosts the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts, providing great opportunities for enjoyment, with top entertainers coming to perform on a floating stage.

Surrounded by a landscape of green fields and wooded hills, there are endless attractions to discover, plenty of golf courses and sports clubs, and well-maintained parks to relax in.

A good selection of both private and state schools, easy access to the M4 and M40 motorways and good commuter links to London, has resulted in demand from those who see Henley and its surrounding villages as the first proper rural area to the west of London.

Places of interest

  • The River and Rowing Museum
  • National Trust Houses and Gardens of: Greys Court, Nuffield Place and Basildon Park
  • Stonor House, Historic Houses Association

Local authority

  • South Oxfordshire District Council
    Benson Lane
    Crowmarsh Gifford
    OX10 8ED
    01491 823 000
  • Wycombe District Council
    Queen Victoria Road
    High Wycombe
    HP11 1BB
    01494 461000
  • Wokingham Borough Council
    Wokingham Borough Council
    Shute End
    RG40 1BN
    0118 974 6000
  • The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead St Ives Road
    SL6 1RF
    01628 798 888

Property available in Henley-on-Thames

Whether you seek a large country house on a prestigious estate, a handsome town house, a pretty character cottage in Henley, or a brick and flint cottage in one of the many surrounding villages, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.


A medieval settlement, Henley probably owes its existence to King Henry II who according to records dated 1179, purchased land for the “making of buildings”.

Henry VIII incorporated Henley-on-Thames in 1568, granting it the use of the titles ‘mayor’ and ‘burgess’. Situated on The Thames within easy reach of London and in the heart of England, it was a key location during the English Civil War.

During the 17th and 18th centuries Henley was well known for the manufacture of glass and the production of malt as well as the corn and wool trades.

This period of prosperity led to the construction in 1786 of the now famous Henley Bridge. As these industries declined, it is likely that Henley-on-Thames receded into obscurity becoming just another small English town until a proposal by Captain Edmund Gardiner at a public meeting on 26th March 1839 led to the establishment of an annual regatta.

In 1851 Prince Albert became the first royal patron of the regatta and it became known as Henley Royal Regatta, pushing the small Oxfordshire town into the limelight and giving it a lasting place in history.

Getting to Henley-on-Thames


  • M4 (J8/9) 10 miles approx. Maidenhead
  • M4 (J10) 12 miles approx. Reading
  • M40 (J4 and J5) 10 miles approx. High Wycombe
  • West London 32 miles approx. Hammersmith


  • To London Paddington via Twyford 60-70 mins approx
  • To Reading via Twyford 30 mins approx


  • Heathrow Airport 25 miles approx.
  • Gatwick Airport 60 miles approx.

Taxi/Chauffer Services

Chiltern Taxis
01491 578899

Henley Taxis
01491 574222


Henley-on-Thames, and the surrounding areas, are well-served by a good range of key primary and secondary, local authority and private schools including the following:

Private Schools

  • Rupert House Preparatory School
    (Girls 4-11 years, boys 4-7 years)
    Northfield End
    RG9 2BN
    01491 574263
  • The Oratory Preparatory School
    (Mixed 3-13 years)
    Goring Heath
    0118 984 4511
  • Cranford House School
    (Girls 3-16 years)
    OX10 9HT
    01491 651218
  • Moulsford Preparatory School
    (Boys 4-13 years)
    OX10 9HR
    01491 651438
  • Shiplake College
    (Boys 11-18 years, girls 16-18 years)
    RG9 4BW
    01189 402 455
  • Abingdon School
    (Boys 11-18 years)
    OX14 1DE
    01235 521 563
  • Pangbourne College
    (Mixed 11-18 years)
    RG8 8LA
    01189 842 101
  • The Oratory School
    (Boys 11-18 years)
    RG8 7SF
    01491 680 207
  • Queen Anne’s School
    (Girls 11-18 years)
    RG4 6DX
    01189 187 300
  • St Helen and St Katherine
    (Girls 9-18 years)
    OX14 1BE
    01235 520 173
  • Wellington College
    (Mixed 13-18)
    RG45 7PU
    01344 444 000
  • Eton College
    (Boys 13-18 years)
    SL4 6DW
    01753 671 000
  • Radley College
    (Boys 13-18 years)
    OX14 2HR
    01235 548 576
  • St Pirans School
    (Mixed 3-11 years)
    SL6 7LZ
    01628 594 300
  • Reading Blue Coat School
    (Boys 11-18 years Girls 16-18 years)
    RG4 6SU
    01189 441 005

State Schools

  • Gillotts School
    (Mixed 11-16 years)
    RG9 1PS
    01491 574315
  • Henley College
    (Mixed 16-18 years)
    RG9 1UH
    01491 579988
  • Trinity C. E. Pre- and Primary School
    (Mixed 3-11 years)
    RG9 1SE
    01491 575887
  • Badgemore Community Primary School
    (Mixed 4-11 years)
    RG9 2HL
    01491 575 665
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
    (Mixed 4-11 years)
    RG9 1SL
    01491 572796
  • Valley Road Primary School
    (Mixed 4-11 years)
    RG9 1RR
    01491 573784


Bars and Restaurants

  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro
    RG9 2BP
    01491 848400
  • The Red Lion Hotel
    RG9 2AR
    01491 572161
  • Phyllis Court Club
    Marlow Road
    RG9 2HT
    01491 570500
  • Leander Club
    RG9 2LP
    01491 575782
  • Crooked Billet
    Stoke Row
    RG9 5PU
    01491 681048
  • The Quince Tree Café and Restaurant
    (Seasonal menus)
    RG9 6HE
    01491 639039
  • Maison Blanc
    1-3 Duke Street
    Henley-on- Thames
    RG9 1UR
    01491 577 294
  • Villa Marina
    RG9 1BH
    01491 575262
  • Spice Merchant
    RG9 2LJ
    01491 636118
  • Loch Fyne Restaurant
    RG9 2AH
    01491 845780
  • Pizza Express
    RG9 2AA
    01491 411448
  • The Little Angel
    (Gastro Pub)
    RG9 2LS
    01491 411008

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Townlands Hospital
    RG9 2EB
    01491 637400
  • Bell & Hart Surgeries
    York Road
    RG9 2DR
    01491 843250 & 01491 843 200

Theatres and cinemas

  • Regal Picturehouse
    RG9 2BZ
    01491 414150
  • The Kenton Theatre
    RG9 2BP
    01491 575698
  • The Mill at Sonning
    Nr Reading
    RG4 6TY
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