River & Rowing Museum

Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF
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Rowing Gallery in the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
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The River & Rowing Museum is one of the UK’s leading independent museums.

This stunning Museum is situated in the picturesque town of Henley on Thames and housed in an award-winning building, designed by the acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield.

Located on the banks of the river, the Museum explores the River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the town of Henley.

The Museum hosts a lively programme of temporary and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Hayward Gallery in London.  Working closely with organisations in their area, the Museum has recently opened a Community Gallery which showcases a wide variety of local projects.

With four permanent galleries dedicated to Rowing, Rivers, the work of British Artist John Piper and the history of Henley on Thames, the Museum is also home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music.

There’s a delightful Café with a terrace overlooking Mill Meadows, and a shop specialising in children’s books and games, fashion, craft and local produce, including fine wines, gins, honey and chocolates. The Museum welcomes visitors of all ages and is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

The constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days, ensures there is always something new to see and do.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

If you are using a satnav, please note that our postcode will take you to Henley Station. When approaching the turn to the station, please take the road marked ‘Meadow Lane’ and continue through Mill Meadows to the Museum, turning right into our visitor car park.

The Museum has a large car park, offering free car parking for our visitors. Please turn right into the Museum car park on arrival at the Museum, and take a ticket from the barrier. Please present your car park ticket to the visitor services team at our front desk when you are ready to leave, and they will provide you with the exit code for the car park. The code is changed daily. The places are offered on a first come first serve basis, and available places cannot be guaranteed. There is a large public car park on the river side of the Museum, operated by Henley Town Council.

Cycle: The Museum has bike racks available for visitors to use free of charge.

Public Transport Directions

A short walk from the centre of Henley on Thames, the Museum is also a short walk from Henley on Thames railway station and offers free parking for visitors.

By Rail: Hourly services from London (Paddington), Reading and Maidenhead via Twyford to Henley on Thames. We are a short level walk – 5 minutes – from Henley station.

By Bus: Regular 328/329 bus services between Reading and High Wycombe, stopping at Henley on Thames. There is an hourly X39 service from Oxford.

By Boat:  A seasonal passenger boat service is operated by Salters Steamers from Reading and Marlow and will drop passengers off at the Museum’s jetty.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café - Our stunning Café menu offers a range of sumptuous foods from healthy, hearty home-made soups to delicious home-made cakes. All dishes are freshly prepared on-site using locally sourced ingredients. The Café is also one of the few places in Henley or along the river to offer parking for customers. Parking is free if you are using the Café. Visitors to the Café do not have to visit the Museum galleries.

Children & Infants

  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside - Just outside Henley on Thames
  • Indoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours by arrangement

Travel & Trade

  • Commission/net rates apply
  • Group Discount
  • Group discounts available

Opening Times

Open Christmas

* During the Christmas period, the Museum is open daily as normal with the exception of the following dates when we are closed: 24, 25, 26 & 31 December and 1st January.



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