The River & Rowing Museum is one of the U.K’s leading independent museums. Housed in an award-winning building on the banks of the river, the museum explores the River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the town of Henley. The galleries include interactive displays as well as internationally-significant collections, including the family-friendly ‘Wind in the Willows’ gallery and a permanent display of the work of artist John Piper. In addition, the Museum hosts a lively programme of temporary and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Hayward Gallery in London. Working closely with organisations in our area, the Museum has recently opened a Community Gallery which showcases a wide variety of local projects.
The Museum is located in Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, just a few minutes level access from Henley on Thames Railway Station. The Museum has its own 100 space car park with plentiful parking for visitors with mobility impairments. Parking charges apply (see below) .
The Museum is accessible for wheelchair users with ramps into the building from the car park at the rear or from the river-side. There is level access once inside the building to the Reception Desk, and a lift to the first floor.
Arrival & Car Parking Facilities
The Museum is located in Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, just a few minutes level access from Henley on Thames Railway Station. The Museum has a large car park (including accessible parking), offering car parking for Museum, Shop and Cafe visitors at a cost of £1.50 for up to 1 hour, £3.50 for 1-2 hours, £4 for 2-3 hours and £10 all day. The car park is open from 9am (one hour before the Museum opens at 10am and closes at 5pm, one hour after the Museum closes). This is a cashless, ticketless system and payment is made on exit.
Hourly services from London (Paddington), Reading and Maidenhead via Twyford to Henley on Thames. We are a short level walk – 5 minutes – from Henley station.
Bus Regular 328/329 bus services between Reading and High Wycombe, stopping at Henley on Thames. There is an hourly X39 service from Oxford. For additional information visit:
To support your visit, a wheelchair is available for visitor use. Please ask at the Reception Desk.
Induction loops: An induction loop system is fitted at the Reception Desk
Magnifiers are available on request. Please ask at the Reception Desk.
Assistance dogs are welcome, and water bowls are available on request from the Reception Desk.
Main Entrance, Reception & Ticketing Area
The Reception Desk provides your first contact with our staff, who will be able to assist you in your visit. The Reception desk is fitted with an Induction Loop. Seats are available in the reception area and in the galleries. All of our galleries are fully accessible by wheelchair. The lift to the first floor is just by the reception desk
In the case of an evacuation
In the case of an evacuation the need to leave the building will be signalled by audio sounders, flashing lights, and a voice over system. Staff will specifically seek out any visitors who need assistance, and give them extra support in leaving the building.
All toilets, including accessible toilets, and baby changing facilities are on the ground floor. The first available toilets are to be found next to the Reception desk as you enter the Museum.
The Café is accessible directly from the entrance to the Museum on the Ground floor.
The Museum Shop is accessible directly from the entrance to the Museum on the Ground floor.
Address: River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames RG9 1BF
Telephone: +44 (0)1491 415600
Hours of operation:
Thursday to Monday 10am – 4pm (last admission 30 minutes before closing).