Henley River and Rowing Museum

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What’s it all about?

Henley river and rowing museum is, as the name suggests a museum dedicated to rivers and rowing as well as the history of Henley. Whilst the museum itself is interesting, the reason for listing it here is that there is a great permanent Wind in the Willows exhibition. This brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music. My 4yr old and 1.5yr old love it there. Our record so far is 4 circuits, at which point I had to drag them away!

After visiting the museum it’s only a short walk to Henley park. This is a particularly lovely play area for toddlers but also suits older children.

The bonus with the museum is when you pay for entry once this entitles you for free entry for a year. We’ve found it a fab place to visit on an afternoon when we’re struggling for something to get us out the house, especially on rainy days. There is also a nice cafe.

Where/When

The museum, cafe and shop are open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)
Mill Lane, Henley, RG9 1BF

How much

Adult £11, child 4 to 16 £9. Concessions apply and tickets are valid for 12 months.

Other things you may want to know

  • There is a free car park
  • The exhibition is small enough that a toddler can toddle around it without a push chair if you prefer (although taking a push chair in is fine too)
  • It’s worth exploring the museum itself upstairs, there are a few exhibits that small children can interact with