Great Activities, Events, Books, Walks, Attractions, Towns and Villages in the Thames Valley

Home to magnificent landscapes, the Thames Valley is a great destination at any time of the year, offering something for everyone - from leisurely boat trips and activities such as horse riding to historic villages and extensive walks in rural countryside.

There's so much to discover

The Thames Valley offers a fantastic range of sights and activities: beautifully sculptured gardens, stately homes and castles, enchanted forests, great nature trails, and, of course, a host of activities centred around the River Thames!

Browse through just some of the many destinations in the carousel below, or scroll further down to browse and search by category.

Many great places along the River Thames are only a stone's throw from historic sites, great shopping and extensive recreational areas. Browse through the carousel for some suggestions.

Abingdon Lock

Abingdon Lock is steeped in history, with the original weir reputedly built by monks. read more...

Beale Park

With is pretty gardens and diverse range of animals, Beale Park is a great fun for young and old. Among other things the park offers lots of activities for the little ones, a picnic area and a model boat museum. read more...

Black Park

Black Park is a great place for walking, cycling and some lakeside fun, plus there's a family area. read more...

Blenheim Park

A large park of over 2000 beautifully landscaped acres with plentyful wildlife. read more...

Burnham Beeches

A popular destination known for its beauty and great old beech trees. read more...

Folly Tower

Just east of Faringdon, in the upper Thames Valley, lies the distinctive landmark of Folly Hill, or Faringdon Hill, so-called because of the Folly Tower situated on top. read more...

Oxford

The great old university town with a bustling centre and impressive buildings. read more...

Reading

Reading, which dates back to the 8th century, is now one of the UK’s top retail destinations. read more...

West Wycombe Hill

Combine a walk with visiting points of interest such as a mausoleum or the Hell-Fire Caves. read more...

The Thames Path

The popular trail offers great views of the river and can mostly be walked or cycled. read more...

Cookham and beyond

Explore quaint shops, take a brisk walk up Winter Hill to enjoy the views or relax by the riverside. read more...

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle in Windsor, Berkshire is one of the most famous royal residencies and the largest occupied castle in the world. It dates back to the 11th Century and is an official residence of The Queen. read more...
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