The River and Rowing Museum in Henley is a wonderful place to learn all about rivers, rowing and the history of Henley. Located on the banks of the Thames, next to the weeping willows and just a short walk from Henley, it’s a beautiful place to spend the day. There are lots of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained including interactive exhibits, art and craft projects and explorer backpacks. My children particularly love the Wind in the Willows tunnel. Look out for special events during the school holidays.
The river zone has a diverse range of exhibits, from looking at how much water flushing the toilet uses to exploring the construction of bridges to looking at different birds and animals found along the river.
In the rowing section, climb aboard a model boats. Have a go on the rowing ergo machine and learn all about the materials used in rowing boats and oars as well as the famous Oxford versus Cambridge boat race.
The Wind in the Willows
Our favourite section is the Wind in the Willows tunnel, telling the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badge and Mole. There are beautiful models of the story with moving sections and even a yellow caravan to climb into and make pretend cups of tea. Pick up a free audio guide to listen to the story as you go round. With younger children, I’d recommend reading the Wind in the Willows story before you go to make the most of it.
There is an arts and crafts section upstairs with pictures to colour. You’ll also find a good selection of river-themed books to read. There are special activity backpacks which can be borrowed for free from reception. In the school holidays there are special events and exhibitions for children. Check out the Red Kite Days What’s On page for listings.
There is plenty of free parking at the museum. There is a good restaurant on site with outdoor tables for the summer. There are toilets and baby changing facilities. The excellent shop is filled with great toys and books including lots of Wind in the Willows themed items.
A trip to the two excellent playgrounds at Mill Meadows (a few minutes walk along the river in the direction of Henley) is highly recommended for a full day out.
The ticket allows you re-entry for a year at no additional cost.
|Ticket Type||Admission Prices|
|Senior Citizen (65+)||£10|