We visited Henley River & Rowing Museum for the first time recently and now we have discovered it’s existence I am sure it’s somewhere we will 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. My 2 girls were instantly drawn to the Wind in the Willows exhibition which is absolutely fantastic and manages to bring to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music, we took a tour at least 4 times as they loved it so much.
Upstairs is full of interesting displays informing us 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 cafe 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. Both my girls opted for the pasta which they enjoyed and I had a smoked salmon open sandwich which was delicious.
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.
I will definitely be returning to Henley River & Rowing Museum and when you purchase your entrance ticket you are buying an annual season ticket so you can visit as many times as you want to.
Details of Henley River & Rowing Museum
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
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