The Thames Valley Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Thames Valley Vacation

Easy proximity to London made the Thames Valley enormously popular with the rich and powerful throughout the country's history. They built the lavish country estates and castles, including Windsor, that form the area's most popular tourist attractions today. Some of these, as well as Oxford and its university, are easy day trips from London. Consider exploring this stretch of the River Thames by boat, either jumping aboard a cruiser or getting behind the oars. Windsor, Henley, and Marlow all make good starting points.

Hotels

The Thames Valley Hotels

From converted country houses to refurbished Elizabethan inns, the region's accommodations are rich in history and... read more

Restaurants

The Thames Valley Restaurants

Londoners weekend here, and where they go, stellar restaurants follow. Bray (near Windsor), Marlow, and Great Milton (near... read more

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The Thames Valley Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Oxford: While scholars' noses are buried in their books, you get to sightsee among Oxford University's ancient stone buildings and... Read more

  • Boating on the Thames

    Whether you're drifting lazily along in your own boat or taking a sightseeing cruise past crucial points of English history, you’ll see... Read more

  • Thames Valley Hiking and Biking

    The Thames Valley is a great area to explore on foot or by bike. It's not too hilly, and pubs and easily accessible lodgings dot the... Read more

  • Boating Along the Thames

    One ideal way to see the Thames region is from the water. Water-based tours can range from 30 minutes to all day. Hobbs and Sons covers... Read more

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