Henley-On-Thames is synonymous with its Royal Regatta which has been held every July since 1839.
The town became established in the 12th century as a river crossing and port for the supply of timber and grain along the river to London. The present five-arched bridge over the river was built in 1786 with the church of St. Mary close by. The church has a 16th century tower built with decorative flint and stone chequerwork. Although restored in the 19th century, the 13th century and nave arcades can still be seen.
Many buildings in Henley are designated ‘of special architectural interest’ including a 14th century chantry house, connected to the church and the Speakers house and originally the home of William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons (1629-1640) who was a signatory to the warrant for the execution of Charles I.
The main street has many Georgian frontages built on to older buildings, making Henley an ideal spot to start your hot air balloon ride adventure.
Please meet in the car park for Tesco supermarket, off the A4155 on the south side of Henley-on-Thames.