Trains to Henley

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Henley-on-Thames is a town located 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Reading, 7 miles (11 km) west of Maidenhead and 23 miles (37 km) southeast of Oxford. The most famous town’s landmark is Henley Bridge which is built over river Thames that runs along the town. The bridge Grade I listed historic structure that was built in 1786 and is characterized by five arches. Chantry House is the second Grade I listed building in the town, characterized by having more storeys on one side than on the other. It was built with late medieval timber and it lies on the east side of Henley churchyard. The third historical attraction of Henley is St Mary the Virgin church with a 16th-century tower. is The Old Bell pub. Book train tickets to Henley, walk down to The Old Bell pub for a pint in the oldest-dated building in town erected in the 1325.

The Great Western Railway opened Henley-on-Thames station in 1857. There were originally three platforms, serving visitor traffic to the famous Henley Royal Regatta and freight traffic from a nearby goods yard. With the goods yard long closed, the station has been down to a single platform since 1986. The regatta site at Temple Island Meadow is 1.5 miles from the station, easily reachable by taxi or via a pleasant riverside walk of about 25 minutes, passing the charming five-arched Henley Bridge. The town centre offers many historical-sites including The Old Bell, a pub dating back to 1325, and the River and Rowing Museum, located in Mill Meadows and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1990s. The market square is surrounded by independent shops and cafes, making it perfect territory for a lazy afternoon’s shopping – it’s just over five minutes away from the station, via Duke Street. Visitors also come for the Henley Literary Festival, held in late September.

Henley-on-Thames railway station is a terminal railway station on the Henley-on-Thames branch line that links the towns of Henley and Twyford. It is 4 miles (7.4 km) down the line from Twyford and 35 miles 48 chains (57.3 km) measured from London Paddington, that is operated by Great Western Railway.

The station has a single platform, and is equipped with a waiting area, ticket office open from Mondays to Saturdays in the mornings only. For the rest of the time travellers can purchase or collect train tickets from self-service ticket machines. Outside the train station a car park and bike racks are available to travellers. CCTV surveillance services and Wi-Fi are in operation at this station. There are a car park and bike racks located outside the train station. Visitors travelling to Henley are advised to purchase train tickets in advance to benefit from greater discounts.

During peak hours direct trains connect Henley to London Paddington, while all other train services require passengers to change at Twyford station.  Other train services include the express mainline rail services from Reading to Paddington. Trains departing from High Wycombe travel to London Marylebone.

Passengers travelling to Henley depart from Twyford and travel along the Henley Branch line with all trains calling at the intermediate stations of Wargrave and Shiplake. Trains operate every 30 minutes on all days of the week. During the morning and evening rush hours some services run through from and to London Paddington station. A few off-peak trains run through from and to Reading station. During the Henley Royal Regatta that is held every year in July, a special timetable sees additional and longer trains with additional coaches in operation. Travellers are advised that not all trains stop at usual stations, such as Shiplake and Wargrave. On occasion of this event, travellers are recommended to purchase advance train tickets to Henley to benefit from early booking discounts.