The Thames Valley, England

Beautiful countryside, dreamlike woodland scenery and pretty historic towns are all on offer within the largely rural area of the Thames Valley. From Kemble to Greenwich, the valley uncovers a generous helping of delights to suit all tastes.


A race taking place during the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames

A race taking place during the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames

Places to visit and things to do in this region include picnicking in the classy river- resting town of Henley-Upon-Thames, home of the famous and annual Henley Regatta. River walks are the order of the day in Thames Valley, where you will discover unspoilt green spaces rich in silence but for the enveloping symphony of nature.

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Medieval market towns are numerous here such as Cirencester and Banbury which both ensure excellent touring bases for sightseeing. Dorchester provides an archetypal quaint English village atmosphere, proving popular throughout the year as well as Black Park for a specimen of perfect English woodland.

Highlights of the Thames Valley

The Thames Valley is just an hour from London and has some beautiful places to explore. Stretching along the path of the River Thames it covers Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, and Buckinghamshire as well as parts of South London. Here are some of the highlights of the Thames Valley.


One of the top places to spend a day in the Thames Valley, Oxford is full of historic colleges, great places to eat, and world famous museums. Explore the Ashmolean Museum, cycle along the streets like the students, and enjoy a drink on the banks of the Thames. If things look familiar they probably are as this is the film location for the Inspector Morse series.

Henley on Thames

Famed for its annual Regatta, Henley is a historic town on the Thames where rowing is all part of the culture. The River and Rowing Museum is a must see, and the renowned Henley Bridge a picturesque sight. Wander the shops or along the Thames towpath, and enjoy a beer in The Old Bell which dates from 1325.

Windsor Castle

One of the iconic sights of the Thames Valley is Windsor Castle which is a residence of the Queen. There are tours of the castle area and walking in Windsor Great Park is another highlight of a visit here. Take time to explore the town which is the location of Eton College.

Downton Abbey

Highclere in Berkshire is home to the film location of Downton Abbey. Fans can visit Highclere Castle outside the filming and see some of the rooms for real. There are lots of beautiful walks in the area too which are perfect for a day out in the countryside.

The Thames Valley is full of history and heritage and has many famous places to see. There are quiet villages too, country restaurants, and historic gems. Why not take a day to see one or two of the highlights in the Thames Valley?