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River & Rowing Museum, Henley, Oxfordshire

River & Rowing Museum, Henley, Oxfordshire

We visited the River & Rowing Museum in Henley for the first time recently and now we’ve discovered it I’m sure it’s somewhere we’ll visit time and time again.

The museum is set on the river Thames in the beautiful town of Henley with it’s own car park, a large play park nearby and a gorgeous view of the river.

The general theme of the museum is around the river and rowing as the name suggests, which in itself is fascinating but if you’re a parent, grandparent  or carer with little ones this place is fantastic.

As you walk in you’re greeted by the friendly team on reception where you purchase your ticket or show your season pass and then you’re free to explore. We were instantly drawn to the Wind in the Willows exhibition which is lovely and manages to bring to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music.

Upstairs is full of interesting displays with information about the river and the history of rowing with rowing machines, interactive wildlife exhibits and a large play area for children with colouring, dressing up, a shop, a puppet show, and much more.

While we were there we had lunch at the onsite café which offers table service and an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads, afternoon tea and lots of cakes, and for children a sandwich box , pasta, sausages, beans and chips or poached egg on toast.

The museum has a calendar full of different exhibitions throughout the year, and on our visit there was the Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form exhibition which celebrates the work of one of the country’s most renowned sculptors.

We’ll definitely be returning to the River & Rowing Museum. It’s worth noting that when you purchase your entrance ticket you are buying an annual season ticket so you can visit as many times as you want to.

River & Rowing Museum Details*

Location: Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF, UK

Cost: Adult Ticket £12.50 | Child (4-16) £9.95 (Unlimited entry for 12 months)

Opening hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm

For more information, click here.


*Details correct as of March 2018, always check details before travelling.


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