Henley Gallery

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Bringing the history of Henley to life

Discover the rich history of Henley on Thames since 1150, see our beautiful steam launch ‘Eva’ and exhibits on Henley’s historic building and local companies, with some unique and historic items from the collection. From the first evidence of human activity in this area, 250,000 years ago, through to the rise of Leander Club and regattas drawing rowers and pleasure seekers from around the world, learn how Henley has always been so closely linked to its special position on the River Thames and about the fascinating people who have shaped its story.

Book Now for general admission – Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm – including the NEW exhibition Skyscape: the limitless art of the skyJohn Piper display, Café, Shop and all galleries.

Things to do…

  • Dress up in Victorian costume for a day out at Henley Royal Regatta
  • Be taken on a guided tour though Henley’s development by Dr Plot
  • Listen to extracts from Sir Bulstrode Whitlocke’s diary to discover the impact that the Civil War had on the town
  • Watch the amazing footage of Henley from 100 years ago

Things to see…

  • Jan Siberechts ‘Henley from the Wargrave Road, 1698
  • Eva, the first Umpire launch for the Regatta, built on the Thames in 1876
  • Our unique 2000 year old hoard of Iron Age gold coins
  • Prince Rupert’s Elm, the remains of the tree where Prince Rupert hung a parliamentarian during the Civil War
  • Ravenscroft’s Lead Crystal Glass, developed in Henley in the 17th century